There has probably been a lot written about The Avengers, but the question I would like to discuss is: why is Steve Rogers, better known as Captain America even a member of the avengers?
Captain America was created in the 1940s by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby for Marvel Comics. At the time a super soldier seemed like something that would be very popular among the target demographic of comic readers, primarily children and soldiers fighting in World War 2. I understand that Captain America was important to the sales of comic books for Marvel in the 1940s, but is he really a “super hero”? And furthermore, is he as good or as powerful as all of the other people in The Avengers.
I have always found the inclusion of Captain America as a member of The Avengers to be quite perplexing. In essence, Captain America is a genetically modified human, who is very strong and very fast. However, he has no super powers or amazing technology like the other members of the Avengers. When the Avengers go to fight someone, Thor and Iron Man have the ability to fly there to confront their foe, but they then need to carry Steve Rogers? Or possibly Steve Rogers simply takes a plane to meet them there? At any rate, Captain America seems like a burden more than a help to the Avengers.
So, we have covered that clearly Captain America is not a member of the Avengers for his amazing abilities, then why is he a part of the group? I believe the reason is because he is mediocre and simply not as fantastic as the others, he is the bridge between mediocrity and the awesomeness which is the rest of the Avengers. He allows the public as well as the reader to be able to sympathize with the group. After all, it is hard to sympathize for an eccentric billionaire, a god, and a really angry scientist. Without Captain America, the Avengers are really just a collection of very strange people.
Like Captain America’s role in the recent 2011 movie, Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America is shown as a super soldier who rallies support for the war effort by collecting war bonds which is a parallel for his role in the eye of the reader for the Avengers. He needs to rally support and sympathy from the reader for the cause of the Avengers.
To me it seems that Captain America is always out of his league. Captain America has no awesome super powers, he has no robot armor, and he certainly cannot transform into an incredible green monster. But, without him the Avengers would be missing a certain something that makes them appealing for the reader. If anything I think we should feel bad for Captain America, he has to fight the enemies of comrades without much more than being an especially athletic individual.