Now hear me out. Often considered the leader of the hero group known as the Avengers, Captain America is a detriment to society. With super human strength, speed, and reflexes, the star-spangled avenger misuses all of these abilities because of his ignorance. Prior to the release of “Avengers: Endgame” I will discuss why Captain America is the worst Avenger.
The shield problem only leads to a bigger problem in the long run. Captain America’s unwillingness to adapt. Unlike his friends like Tony Stark or T’Challa who will give out pieces of tech to anyone and their entire means of being a hero rely on the power of this technology (less so with Black Panther), our good ole Cap refuses to use technology. `A man with super human abilities and all he decides to equip himself with is a shield, even Spider-Man and Hawkeye have more tech and equipment than Captain America. Not to mention his list of what he needs to catch up with on the times, not one of those pieces is about politics and catching up on how the world has changed.
Captain America is so ignorant that he doesn’t even attempt to catch up on how the world may have changed since the 1940’s. Now you may not find this a big problem and may think that politics are shouldn’t be important to someone like Cap, so let me explain to you how it is . Captain America is a secret agent. Even before the events of “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Captain America: Civil War“, he was working for S.H.I.E.L.D, an international espionage and counter-terrorism task force based in the U.S. His life is dictated by politics, which makes the fact that he wouldn’t sign the Sokovia Accords in “Captain America: Civil War” even worse.
Now, in that film both Tony and Steve were wrong if you look at it, but Cap even more so. Refusing to be on the leash of the United Nations and having to be told when to be a hero, Cap rebels against the thought and basically becomes a terrorist and fugitive to save his friend. This is very hypocritical coming from a man named Captain America, even if he is not affliated with the government on his mission, he is still carrying around the name automatically attaching the United States to whatever he does. It is also very hypocritical because he was working for S.H.I.E.L.D which told him what to do and when to do it, and that was discovered to be ran by Hydra. So, if him and the rest of the Avengers signed the accords, Cap would still be doing the same thing he had been doing ever since he was pumped with that super soldier serum.
Now here comes the main problem with Captain America… Bucky Barnes. Maybe the least problematic villain of the entire movie series, Bucky seems to be the only person on the planet that Cap can keep track of, even compared to his own friends. He travels the whole world thinking he is so above politics as the embodiment of America searching for his friend, that he doesn’t care who gets hurt or even that his actions can be viewed as an act of war. He drops everything, even including his main missions, in search for his brainwashed assassin/terrorist friend. And this comes from the man who preaches that it only takes a few good people to not do anything, for evil to succeed. Well what is Cap doing when he’s searching for his friend, he’s doing nothing to help the people in the world.
My final point is that everything leading up to the pint of Infinity War also is his fault starting with the first Avengers film. Captain America, strategist extraordinaire, decides to have the climactic battle in the middle of New York City, the most densely populated city in America, instead of anywhere else. This leads to Tony’s anxiety and PTSD which pushes him to create a way to protect the Earth from alien attacks and rush the production of it, leading to Ultron. Ultron leads to the the destruction of Sokovia which leads to the events in Civil War which breaks up the Avengers making it easier for Thanos and his goons to exploit the Earth and get what he wants. And most people see Tony as the problematic one in the MCU, yet if Tony actual his Ultron system to work and not become evil, Thanos would’ve had a much harder time trying to get the stones.
Thus concludes my argument, Captain America is often looked upon as the best the Avengers have to offer, but I say the contrary. He is the problem, he causes most of the problems seeing everything in black and white, rather than seeing the grey. He refuses to discuss his plans and the reasons behind them with his teammates and then chastises them for doing the same thing. If there is anything Captain America in the MCU is, he is not a hero, he is a hypocrite.