What sets apart the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that fans can watch its movies over 100 times, undergo the same thrill, and still discover newer details and Easter eggs. Digging up obscure clues every single time enables us to draw new fan theories. Today, we are going to discuss some theories about the beloved Captain America that can be true. We can’t deny how believable some of them sound.
Role of Penicillin
Another reason why the Super Soldier Serum had different reactions on Red Skull and Steve Rogers could be the Penicillin shot. It may have played out like a joke, but the shot had a more significant role. Super Soldier Formula is known for enhancing human abilities from speed to strength and endurance. What many people ignore is that it also amplifies the presence of bacteria in the human body. Not injecting Penicillin enhanced the bacteria in Red Skull’s body and thus deformed his appearance.
Super Soldier Serum And Wakanda
There are a lot of similarities between Steve Rogers and Black Panther’s abilities. Both have enhanced endurance, speed and strength. If Howard Stark obtained the Vibranium from Wakanda, there are high chances that he also came across Black Panther and the Heart-Shaped Herb. He must have shared this herb with Dr. Erskine, who was in the middle of the Super Soldier Program at that time. Perhaps, that’s why Erskine’s first Super-Soldier Serum performed miserably on Red Skull. Adding the Herb from Wakanda in the second trial made the experiment successful. That explains why Hulk and Blonsky failed in their experiment too. They didn’t have the Heart-Shaped Herb.
Howard Stark’s Reluctance To Give The Shield
Howard Stark and Steve always had an amicable relationship. Ask Tony Stark what it was like to listen to his father praising Cap throughout his childhood. But it doesn’t cover the fact that Howard was reluctant to give away the limited edition Vibranium shield to the soldier. In spite of knowing that he had found “the Shield” which couldn’t be replaced, Howard modelled various versions of it and kept the original one far away.
Steve Rogers’ Alias
Some fans argue that Steve changed his identity to Braddock after returning to Peggy in time. That’s why she was looking for Braddock in “Avengers: Endgame” during the time travel heist. This interesting theory also connects Steve Rogers’ Braddock to Captain Britain, whose real name is Brian Braddock.
Captain America Wasn’t Worthy
Perhaps the reason why Cap could only move the hammer in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” was that he wasn’t 100% worthy. Odin placed the charm on the Mjölnir, so Thor wouldn’t misuse it in wars. He wanted Thor to resort to his mind and heart before picking up the hammer for every disagreement. Cap also displayed the same inclination to wars. He was moral and honest, but he wasn’t a man of dialogue and wisdom. Even when Wanda showed him his worst fear in “Age of Ultron”, he found himself at a celebration of the end of the war. But Thanos’ snap in the Infinity War took a toll on him and changed the way he perceived things. Instead of “I can do this all day”, he used tricks to avoid a fight at the elevator with the HYDRA agents and with himself. Thus, Captain America became completely worthy of Mjölnir.
Spidey Wasn’t a Stranger To Cap
There’s no way Steve Rogers would have dropped a heavy bridge on teenager Spider-Man without being aware of his strengths. Tony Stark and Steve may have researched on potential Avengers together where he came across Peter Parker.
Captain America Replaced Mjölnir
After the events of “Avengers: Endgame”, Cap had to return the Infinity Stones and Thor’s hammer to their original timelines. Not doing so would result in dire consequences. For instance, without the hammer, there wouldn’t be a Ragnarok or Stormbreaker. But how will Jane Foster get her hands on the Mjölnir if Hela destroys it? Some fans believe that Cap replaced the original hammer with a replica. He kept the real Mjölnir, only to return it to Thor or Jane in the coming future. That can explain how Hela was able to lift and destroy it with such ease. This theory sounds plausible if someone can explain how and where Steve Rogers found a convincing replica.
Is Cap Stronger Than Thanos?
We have complete faith in Captain America’s strengths, but there’s no way that he could have stopped Thanos for so long. Steve managed to deter the Mad Titan for a considerable amount of time by strongly gripping his fist. Doing this wasn’t possible even for Hulk who is way stronger than the Cap. Some fans navigate its explanation to the Gauntlet. Both Thanos and Steve Rogers were in contact with the Power Stone at that point. The Infinity Stones performed on the will of the person in control of it. Cap’s strong will to save mankind totally clashed with Thanos’ will at that point.
Died In Infinity War
No matter how strong and powerful Captain America is with the Super Soldier Serum, there is no way he could have survived Thanos’ punch, especially when it’s amplified by the Power Stone. Yet he stood back on his feet without a scratch. Even Hulk took a long time to recover from his blow. That’s why fans state that Captain America had died from the punch, but came back to life after Thanos reversed time to obtain the Mind Stone.
He May Have Become HYDRA Agent
The encounter between 2012 Cap and the present Captain America from Endgame didn’t turn out well for the former. He was knocked out by his future counterpart with the scepter after being exposed to Bucky’s news. We don’t have any reason to believe that the fight left any physical impact on him. But there is no doubt that the scepter did some serious brain damage. Its powers to influence anyone must have left Cap in a confused state. The first people to find him in this condition will be the HYDRA agents from the elevator. They would most likely carry an unconscious Rogers to their facility and instruct him accordingly. This susceptible state of mind can turn him into a HYDRA agent and thus begin the Secret Empire story.