Prepare For Civil War: 25 Greatest Captain America Moments In The Marvel Cinematic Universe

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#18 – Being A Hero Is More Than Strength

From: Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Even before Steve Rogers took the Super-Soldier Serum, he had smarts and courage. These qualities are on full display when he initially joins the US Army. At boot camp, we see Steve, due to his weak frame and asthma, barely keep up with the rest of the troops.

However, he bested all his fellow soldiers when they were given a challenge to grab a flag that was flying from a high pole. The winner was to be given the reward of riding back to camp in a jeep with Peggy Carter. As every soldier failed trying to get up the pole, Steve, with his intelligence, removed a pin at the bottom and watched the pole fall to the ground — thus attaining the flag with ease.

The next example was something even more impressive, and would define the very essence of Captain America. Testing to see who had the “guts” to become a candidate for the Super-Soldier program, Colonel Phillips took a grenade from a truck and tossed it in the middle of a field of soldiers. Everyone quickly cleared the area — all except for Steve, who jumped on the grenade and shielded it with his body. The grenade turned out to be a fake, but Steve’s courage, bravery, and self-sacrifice were as real and true as can be.

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