- “I could do this all day”
- —Steve Rogers
Steve Rogers is a character in the Avengers fandom. He is a genetically enhanced super-soldier who fought in the Second World War, brought to the present day after his resurrection from being encompassed in ice.
- “Who's ready to help me sock old Adolf on the jaw?”
- —Captain America
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth-199999), Steve Rogers was born a sickly and frail child, and would often be subject to attacks from bullies. His father died during combat in the First World War, and his mother succumbed to tuberculosis, forcing Steve into an orphanage. Despite his weak form, his resiliency to the bullies that fought him impressed Bucky Barnes, and the latter came to his aid to fight them off. The two quickly became friends.
After realizing his aptitude for art, Steve and Bucky enrolled in an art class. Years later, it was there that they found out the U.S. had joined the Second World War, and Bucky began training Steve in boxing, with Steve's desire to be recruited in mind. Despite his best efforts, Steve was rejected due to his many ailments and significantly small frame.
Having overheard Steve and Bucky's conversation, scientist Abraham Erskine admired his spirit and signed him up as a candidate for Project: Rebirth. Steve was submitted to military training, and after having thrown himself over a dud grenade (which he believed was live), he was selected due to having shown bravery and camaraderie towards enemies.
Steve was successfully injected with the Super-Soldier Serum (SSS), and thus had most every function of his body enhanced to the absolute peak of human capability. However, a HYDRA agents proceeded to assassinate Dr. Erskine immediately subsequent the procedure, preventing any future super-soldiers from ever being created.
Second World War
|— Captain America and the Red Skull.|
- “I'm loyal to nothing, General -- except the Dream.”
- —Steve Rogers
In the Mainstream Continuity (Earth-616), Steve Rogers's father died when he was a child, and his mother lost her life to pneumonia during his late teens.