Countdown to ‘Endgame’: Our Favorite Moments From ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

We are only a few short weeks away from the premiere of Avengers: Endgame. And as the release date approaches and we reach the end of this journey, we want to look back on everything that brought us here. The heroes we watched struggle, grow, and save humanity over the last ten years and our favorite moments of their stories. We will be going through each phase in order, covering every movie leading up to April 26.

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Next up in our series is Captain America: The First Avenger. Starring Chris Evans, this film released in 2011 and introduced us to Steve Rogers, the kid from Brooklyn who would later become the hero known as Captain America.

Here our some of our favorite moments from Captain America: The First Avenger:

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Okay, I have a lot to say with this movie. Captain America: The First Avenger was my first ever Marvel movie. Do not ask me why (because I grew up on the Marvel comics) but Captain America will always always hold a special place in my heart. I’m also a sucker for historical pieces so basically I was fangirling the entire time I watched this movie (I still do).
I think a big factor in why I am obsessed (yes, I’ll admit it) with this movie is the camaraderie between Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes. You have these two Brooklyn boys who grow up in The Great Depression and one of them is a little sick boy and the other is his best friend who jumps into fights for him, and you can not help but feel the friendship they have with one another. Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan brought to life this friendship that the audience has really only seen through comics and made it bigger and better. You don’t see two cast members faking it for their jobs, you see two guys who generally love what they do and love being best friends.
My number one favorite moment (because there are a lot…basically the entire movie) is the scene after Steve rescues the men from the 107th and they are in the bar. Bucky is sitting at the bar and Steve asks him “What about you? Are you ready to follow ‘Captain America’ into the jaws of death?”

And Bucky responds “No… That little guy from Brooklyn who was too dumb not to run away from a fight. I’m following him.”

Even when everyone was ready to follow Captain America, this small line told Steve that Bucky was confident in who Steve Rogers was as a person before the suit and the serum. Steve and Bucky gave us the first insight of true friendship in the Marvel universe and even now as we’ve watched their friendship go high and low on the screen, they’re still the two boys from Brooklyn who have each others backs until the end of the line. – Mikayla

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I really enjoyed this movie even though I wasn’t able to see it in theaters. Chris Evans does Captain America justice because I feel that Evans really worked hard on his character and made everyone fall in love with this super soldier. I love how he stays humble after he is given the serum that makes him into a super soldier, and how he loves to save people. I also loved Bucky Barnes and his friendship with Steve. My heart broke when Steve woke up from the ice after sacrificing himself by plunging his plane into the icy water. He doesn’t understand anything around him after he wakes up in the S.H.I.E.L.D. facility.  This movie also helped viewers learn about the the beginning of Hydra’s origins and how Steve becomes The First Avenger. – Kailey

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When we brainstormed about this series a while ago I warned the other writers that this one will be a novel. I’ll try to keep everything as short as possible, but trying to limit my passion for Captain America is going to be a difficult task.
This is one of the few Marvel films that I haven’t seen in the theater – mainly because my idea about Captain America is that he was a “boring” character with super-strength and his story wouldn’t be interesting. However, I was very wrong about that last assumption, because I think that Captain America is actually one of the most interesting characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That is mainly due to the fact that the casting directors picked a person who is undoubtedly perfect for the role. Chris Evans portrays Steve Rogers in every little gesture, facial expression and vocal pitch – and Steve Rogers is what makes the Captain America movies so interesting to watch. In the beginning, his superpower is being good and just – and when he gets the actual and literal power to take action, he does so selflessly and without question and with a little doubt.
Like any other movie, The First Avenger lives from the minor characters and their relationship with the main character, namely James “Bucky” Barnes played by Sebastian Stan and Peggy Carter played by Hayley Atwell. Both of these people bring a depth to Steven Roger’s character that helps the audience understand the struggles righteousness and loyalty bring along. Steve Roger’s will to sacrifice anything to save Bucky, or his will to sacrifice his life and by that miss out on a dance with Peggy show the conflicts within a superhero that is – in my opinion – unmatched in any of the other run-of-the-mill superhero movies.
If I had to pick my favorite scene from the film, I would sit for an hour, staring at a blank document and trying to pick one, and then pick the scene in which Steve rescues Bucky from Zola’s hands. Not only does it show the strength of their relationship, it also shows the lengths to which Steve is willing to go to save his friend, to defeat an enemy and to fight for what is right. – Conny

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This film is what really got me into the MCU and made me fall in love with superheroes. Captain America is hands down my favorite character in the Marvel Universe, and this film introduced me to not only him, but other characters like Bucky Barnes and Peggy Carter that I’ve grown to love over the years. I have so many favorite moments from this film it’s hard to pin down just one. From Bucky saving Steve in that back alley in Brooklyn, to Steve picking up his shield for the first time in Howard Stark’s lab. Seeing this character’s development in not only this film, but in later films has been a journey I’ve enjoyed, and I’ve truly come to love Steve Rogers; watching him go from that little kid from Brooklyn to the Star Spangled Man With a Plan.
Steve Rogers was brave and selfless before and after the serum that turned him into a super soldier. This film was filled with heartwarming and heartbreaking moments – seeing Steve fall for Agent Carter, fight alongside his Howling Commandos, lose his best friend, and crash that plane into the ice saving countless lives.
If I had to pick a single favorite moment from this film, it would be that scene where we see Steve fighting in the alley in Brooklyn after he’s just tried to enlist. He keeps getting knocked down and hit, but he keeps getting back up. And when he picked up that trash can lid (which was an awesome cinematic parallel), and then gets knocked down again, and gets right back up telling his attacker “I can do this all day.” – Kayla

Stay tuned as we look back on all our favorite moments from the Marvel Universe as we anticipate what lies ahead for our heroes in Avengers: Endgame.

Be sure check out the rest of this series!

Kayla

Kayla has been with Nerds and Beyond since 2016 when she decided to combine her love of fandoms and writing. She enjoys all things Marvel, gaming, reading, traveling, going to conventions and concerts. When not writing, she can usually be found in front of the TV enjoying her favorite shows and trying to make a dent in her every growing 'to watch list', behind a camera lens, or on Twitter yelling about her love for Bucky Barnes.

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