Chris Evans made his MCU debut as Steve Rogers, aka Captain America in 2011 with Captain America: The First Avenger. Ever since then, he has dominated the screen with his suited appearance and vibranium shield while working with the Avengers to save humanity.
However, there’s one proof that suggests that Captain America didn’t just work with the Avengers. Apparently, before joining them, Captain America was a part of The Invaders, alongside Human Torch, who appeared as an Easter egg in the first Captain America movie. With such new information surfacing about the Captain, we also have interesting facts about the upcoming Captain America 4.
Captain America’s First Superhero Team
Marvel movies are known for their subtle Easter eggs, and this time, we’re talking about the best Easter egg shown in the 2011 movie Captain America: The First Avenger. Revolving around the origin story of Chris Evans’ character, the movie showed Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes as friends and fellow soldiers.
It was also the first MCU movie that featured the original Human Torch in a particular scene where Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes visit the World Exposition of Tomorrow in 1943. Although the character appeared for the first time in 1939’s Marvel Comics #1, it got a special appearance in a glass display in Captain America: The First Avenger.
This appearance from the Human Torch in the MCU suggests that it has no relation to the one in Fantastic Four (the Johnny Storm version). Instead, it’s James Hammond (Earth-616 version) who fights the Nazis in World War II as a part of the superhero team – The Invaders. Apparently, according to the comics, The Invaders consisted of the Human Torch, his partner Toro, Namor the Submariner, Union Jack, Bucky Barnes, and Captain America.
As per Looper, this MCU appearance of the Human Torch in Captain America: The First Avenger suggests that Steve Rogers was a part of The Invaders before he joined The Avengers. According to the theory, Steve led the Howling Commandos and The Invaders together during WW2, as noted in the comics, and the Easter egg served as a supporting theory to the comics.
Recent Updates About Captain America 4
Just like the Human Torch has several versions, according to the Marvel comics, even his Invaders teammate Captain America has different versions. One of those versions is being brought to the screen with the upcoming Captain America 4 movie. Set to release in 2025, the film will feature Sam Wilson, aka Falcon, as the new Cap.
This particular change happened in Captain America Vol. 7 #25, which was released in 2014, where Steve Rogers gets killed after his Super-Soldier Serum powers were neutralized by Iron Nail, leading him to age quickly. Thus, unable to continue his duty, due to rapid aging, Steve officially hands over the responsibility and the role to Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie).
With Anthony Mackie playing the new Captain America, fans are now excited to witness how MCU deals with different theories and imagines a new team led by Sam Wilson. Currently, Captain America 4 undergoing major reshoots makes people wonder if the movie will have subtle hints or features an Avengers like team or even interweave the narratives to bring The Invaders on screen.