Seriously Marvel?

Marvel, there are some acts you do not commit. Acts so foolish, heinous, ignorant, and disrespectful as to not be acted upon by the common person. Making Captain America a Nazi, is one of those acts. An idea no normal person even slightly familiar with Captain America would have conceived of. It’s an idea that contradicts everything the character represents and stands for.

Captain America has always been a point of contention for the public, and with good reason, his name is Captain America. There have always been accusations that he is propaganda for Americanism. A symbol for the government’s actions and narrow-mindedness. In short these criticisms have never been true, not once. To the point that there has been a major story where Steve Rogers goes against the U.S. government in accordance with his principles, twice. Steve Rogers embodies not the state but the idea of America. A place open to all, that doesn’t stand down to oppression, a place where the individual matters just as much as the collective and place that will welcome you no matter your race, creed, religion, or ethnicity. A powerful idea that has always been out of reach for America the nation, but unquestionably one to forever strive for. And all of this is not a coincidence. Captain America was created in 1941 by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon; two Jewish men who felt the brunt of anti-antisemitism in America. Especially in the early 20th century when it was exceedingly present and accepted. In response, they created Captain America. Since his very inception, Captain America was meant to be the hero who looked out for the little guy and stood up to bullies. And no line symbolizes that fundamental aspect of the character better than when it was said by Chris Evans: “I don’t want to kill anyone. I don’t like bullies. I don’t care where they’re from.” You understood this from the very first issue depicting Captain America punching Hitler. In keeping with this theme, Cap has continuously fought to protect that little guy, putting his own life on the line to stand up to oppression and injustice.

Captain America isn’t just a fictional character who you can change at will because you think it would be cool. He’s an icon of peace. A beacon of hope for any who’s been pushed around, looked down upon, hurt or oppressed in this world, to rally behind. You see it when people outside the intended audience background still identify with the character.

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Cap isn’t one to follow discrimination he’s the one who fights it. That’s why he was created, to be the force of against bullies. When you strip that away, you disrespect his legacy, the men who created him and what he stands for. You spit on all the people for who captain America meant something, who inspired them, who looked to him and said: “I don’t have to stand for this.” Anyone who’s ever been stomped on by a seemingly unstoppable power. Anyone who’s taken a stand to make a change. You have disrespected all of these people.

 

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