This Saturday, we give salute to not only 75 years of the Amazonian warrior princess Wonder Woman with birthday wonder woman Gal Gadot and Lynda Carter on Me-TV, but ABC gives salute with Marvel’s “Captain America: 75 Heroic Years”. The one-hour special aired back in mid-January of this year as part of the promotion for the second season of Marvel’s “Agent Carter” with Hayley Atwell as the titular spy heroine who fought alongside Cap and the Howling Commandos against the evil forces of HYDRA during World War II.
“Captain America: 75 Heroic Years” pays tribute to Steve Rogers, the kid from Brooklyn who became a living legend: the world’s first super-soldier … the first Avenger. As the real red-white-blue SHIELD, Captain America serves as the ambassador for liberty, freedom, honor, integrity, truth, patriotism, humility, and justice for all. But underneath it all, Steve Rogers and Captain America remains the good guy who doesn’t have a dark side because he is the champion of the underdog, protector of the weak, and defender of the downtrodden. Why? Simple: Captain America doesn’t like bullies – no matter who they are or where they come from.
There is a Captain America within every one of us – real or fictional. For instance, the characters Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) from FOX’s “24” and John Reese (Jim Caviezel) from CBS’ “Person of Interest”, as well as any of the heroes martial arts icon Chuck Norris has portrayed on the big and small screen – including “Walker, Texas Ranger” and the “Missing in Action” films. Another example is Sylvester Stallone and his “Italian Stallion” character Rocky Balboa – especially when the latter went up against his Russian counterpart Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) in “Rocky IV”.
We’re a weekend away from “Captain America: Civil War”, as Team Cap goes up against Team Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) over superheroes registering with the government. Team Iron Man is for it, but Team Cap isn’t: leading first Avenger Steve Rogers to finally unleash his dark side on armored billionaire Avenger Tony Stark – especially when Cap and long-lost friend Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) teamed up against him.
“Captain America: Civil War” will begin on May 6.