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Off My Mind: Must There Be a Captain America?
by Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero on
We all say it should be Steve Rogers but what if he doesn't want to be?
Who should be Captain America? Before you start yelling at me that it has to be Steve Rogers or mention the fact that we know he will be back in costume in July's new Captain America #1, let's discuss this. I want to be clear, in my eyes, Steve Rogers is Captain America. There have been others that have successfully taken up the mantle. When he 'died,' Bucky was the logical choice to become the new Cap. Since Bucky's return, he has been made into a great character, but we've barely seen him in the role of Captain America. Just when he was finally getting used to it, it was all taken away.
During the Trial of Captain America, I started thinking this same question that was asked in Captain America #616, must there be a Captain America? If you read Captain America #615.1, you know that there's a certain someone that strongly believes one is needed. Now with Bucky currently locked away in a Russian gulag, the time seems perfect for Steve to return to being Captain America.
The only problem is, Steve never wanted to be Captain America in the first place.
== TEASER ==
Does Steve Rogers have to be Captain America if it's not what he wants? He never wanted to take on the role. He just wanted to serve his country. Yes he volunteered to be part of the Super Soldier project but he was meant to be one of many soldiers. He never expected to be a symbol for the entire country. He has the burden of being that symbol. He wants to make the world a better place but doesn't feel the need to be in the spotlight.
Do we just say, "Too bad, Steve"? How long does he have to serve his country? We can assume that Bucky will get out of the Russian gulag but can he go back to being Captain America? He's been cleared of charges in the United States but would the public still accept him as their symbol, knowing what he was forced to do as the assassin, the Winter Soldier?
I know I don't want someone else to take on the mantle of Captain America. When we saw someone new in issue #615.1, it didn't feel right. But that brought up another idea, could we have more than one Captain America at the same time? You can have more than one captain in the U.S. Army so why not more than one Captain America? I'm not trying to make this sound like Batman, Inc but why should the burden fall on one man? Why should it fall on one man that has already served for so long and sacrificed so much since first putting on the costume? Could we have Steve and Bucky both dressed as Captain America, as seen back in Captain America: Siege? We're going to (sort of) see the Captain America Corps in June, why not make this idea a permanent thing?
Captain America is a symbol for the people. When Steve had a conversation about his future with an old friend, he's told that now more than ever, people need a Captain America. And with Fear Itself about to wreck havoc across the Marvel Universe, that will become even more so.
It doesn't help Steve that he's just so good at being Captain America. Is it really all in the Super Soldier Serum that made him such an incredible hero and leader or is there just something inside him? There are so many other superheroes that could try to fill the boots of Captain America but it wouldn't seem right. It might be that Steve is stuck being Captain America until his final days.
I want to mention again that I do want Steve to return as Captain America. I knew the day would come the moment I read The Death of Captain America. He's been doing a lot since his return from behind the scenes. It's just he seems to best at being Captain America. Should Steve be stuck in a role he never wanted?