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  • Fan Nickname: After Steve Rogers was revealed to be a Hydra agent in Nick Spencer's Captain America: Steve Rogers, fans have started to call him Captain Hydra.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Until the early 2010s, there were very few Captain America trade paperbacks and those few that did exist were reprints of recently published stories. Since then, a lot has changed. As of right now, all of the Tales of Suspense run plus Captain America #100-267 have been collected across the Marvel Masterworks/Essential Marvel/Epic line of trade paperbacks. #287-317 have been reprinted and with the upcoming "Justice Is Served" Epic trade, that will soon be expanded to #287-350. In addition, #371-386, #398-409, and #425-437 have been collected and the Epic trade "Man With No Country", finally collects the entire first Mark Waid run in full, including the old shame storyline "First Sign". Meanwhile, all of the Heroes Reborn volume has been collected (though the later Jurgans trades are now out of print) and even controversial Marvel Knights mini-series.
  • Running the Asylum: As with all comic books, this is inevitable, but two instances of well-received re-retcons stand out in recent years:
    • Ed Brubaker's first story line for Captain America was The Winter Soldier, which rehabilitated Kid Sidekick Bucky Barnes from a laughingstock Robin wannabe who only existed to make Steve sad into a fan-favorite badass who's had two ongoings of his own. He's said in interviews that when he learned, as a kid, that the oft-flashbacked-to story of Bucky's death wasn't actually a story of its own but a retcon that the first thing he'd do if ever wrote Captain America was undo it. He did, and crowned it with Bucky's run as Captain America. Brubaker has also said it's a good thing Mark Waid brought Sharon Carter back during his run, or else he'd have done that, too.
    • Rick Remender's run brought The Falcon in on the third story line and slowly reintegrated him until, like Bucky, it was time for him to take his turn as Captain America. Sam's second issue as Cap eviscerates the retconning of Sam's backstory as a good-natured social worker who was marooned on an island and fought the local injustice into being a thug and criminal who was brainwashed with false memories by the Red Skull to be a sleeper agent against Steve. Not only does Sam reject the retcon as being the true false memories, he says that the Red Skull was counting on everyone who heard it being racist enough not to question it. Remender, like Brubaker, has since said that he's been wanting to eliminate that story since he read it as a kid.
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  • The Shelf of Movie Languishment: A cartoon based on the series was scheduled to premiere on Fox Kids in the fall of 1998, but the bankruptcy of Marvel Comics meant it was not to be.
  • What Could Have Been: J. M. DeMatteis wanted to have Captain America stay an 80 year old man/give up being Captain America to be a peace activist in Captain America #300 and have the issue end with Nomad assassinating Cap, in order to shame the US and the Soviet Union into embracing peace. Oh and a recently introduced character known as Black Crow (a Native American hero) would have become the new Captain America.
    • Roger Stern and John Byrne once pitched a "Bucky Returns" storyline where Captain America would find that Bucky Barnes survived the plane explosion, but had lost his arms and legs and was disfigured (but not Johnny Got His Gun disfigured, as far as Bucky simply having his face burnt and having full speech/hearing/sight). Bucky would call for Captain America after finding out that he was going to die, leading to a tearjerker scene as Cap would be reunited with Bucky to say hello to him, before dying.
    • After his return in Captain America: Reborn, Steve originally was going to take the Shield back. However, seeing that many fans had grown to love Bucky in the Role of Cap, they decided to let him be Cap. So they temporarily shared the title.
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    • Cap's original name was slated to be "Super-American", but Jack Kirby & Joe Simon decided on "Captain America" for the name, citing that there weren't enough "Captain" superheroes.
    • In the late 90s, Marvel and Saban were planning a solo animated series for Cap on Fox Kids, and stories, character models, and a one-minute pitchfilm were all made, but was canned because of Marvel's bankruptcy; its slot in the Fox Kids lineup was filled by The Secret Filesof The Spy Dogs.
    • A Captain America musical was planned in 1985, in the hopes of duplicating the success of Annie. Insufficient financial backing meant that the project would never make it to the Broadway stage.
  • Word of God: Invoked by writers after Civil War to declare that Steve Rogers was killed off for real.

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