Seventy-seven years ago, Captain America was written and drawn into righteous and mighty glory, and socked Adolf Hitler himself right in the face. Since then, he's been up to quite a lot - in just a few days, in fact, his third major movie "Captain America: Civil War" is hitting theaters.
I'd noticed an interesting parallel between the previous Captain America movie, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier", and real-world events - the film dealt with intelligence and data-gathering programs in a way that found striking relevance in the midst of the Snowden fallout. Today, "Civil War" seems rather appropriate in context with a nation divided by one of the most contentious and portentous elections we've ever faced.
Intrigued by these parallels in the Captain America movies alone, I sought to dig deeper into his rich and patriotic past to see how he's paralleled other events and eras in American history since his creation. This, as you can imagine, involved a good deal of comic books. To inform myself even further, I interviewed 3 different people involved in the world of Marvel comics; Dr. Mark D. White, professor of philosophy and author of "The Virtues of Captain America: Modern Day Lessons on Character from a WWII Superhero", David Walker, writer for Marvel and DC comics, and Geoffrey Patterson Jr., owner of Geoffrey's Comics in LA. Their voices draw a vivid image of what Captain America means as a hero, both in the Marvel world and our own.
I invite you to take a look through the story of Captain America and the world he exists in - I think you'll find that his world is very much our own.