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Captain America: America's dream of folk heroes

The newest movie of the Marvel series is out, "Captain America: the Winter Soldier". This is the latest in the series about comic book heroes which made the early 20th century readers happy to be American.

This is a serious part of American literature history, along with the novels and poetry which came out of American freedom, the comic book also created a market for not only readers but movie goers. This market has created more than Disney style movies, but true action hero films.

America loves to go to war in their dreams, especially prior to WWII. These comics began in 1939 as part of the Timely Publications, creating American styled heroes. Almost any of the latest movies have featured these characters brought to life, including Thor, a Scandinavian God hero as opposed to the Classic-Roman Zeus gods better known to most Americans.

What is it about these folk heroes that causes Americans to spend first their pennies for these colored books, and now their $10 dollar bills to see a movie based on these movies? Are they real to our American culture or are they the part of American life which is missing from our mundane lives revolved around morning coffee and the evening news?

This latest's version of the American folk hero, Captain Hero, challenges the nice idea of America winning any war and being able to keep terrorists from encroaching upon American culture.

Hydra is resurrected from the 1930's hysteria which culminated in the Nazi era of world domination. Considered one of the worst form of domination, was the Nazi idea of world domination and genocide of those who did not fit the mold.

This movie reminds us of a time when medicine was "new" and could cure anything, including an underdeveloped body. The character Steve Rogers, a typical American who has lost his parents while still in school, in refused by the Army when they needed men. He is given the opportunity to improve himself and then become a much taller, well muscled hero complete with armor.

His main achievement during WW2 were to build moral, but he does lead a few teams to victory and then sacrifices his life in order to save the world, and kill off Hydra forever. He looses his opportunity for his "first " date and is frozen for over 50 years.

This is the setting of the futuristic plot of an agency called S.H.I.E.LD. The usual need for Americans to come to the rescue of the world had already been developed in the Battle For New York, involving extraterrestrials including Thor and Loki.

Here we get the world shaken by the infiltrators of Hydra being evident as the film unfolds. The death of the leader Fury causes the entire agency to fall apart as well as the heroes needing to come into action. Is it really too much for an American folk hero to rise out of a city ghetto to greatness?

Is there really a need to be in fear of a group who are going to undermine American ideals and set up a corrupt agency under the noses of the one which is meant to control terrorist world wide? Is it necessary for these same heroes to give up their lives in order to preserve peace?

There are many surprises in this particular movie, including whom can be trusted and who can't be trusted. What really was going on during the 1930's prior to the Nazi take over of the European powers is perhaps answered during this movie. As for the conclusion of friends versus foes, this is one of the oldest motifs of American history of fighting each other from before the American Revolution.

For those watching the series, Agents of Shield, there is a similar plot occurring with Fury dyeing in the series as well, but with the small group lead by the original agent Phil Coulsson who dies in one of the films, but brought back to life for the television series.

In the series, HYDRA is still alive and going strong, so one is kept wondering what is going to happen in the next film. "The winter soldier", is a new character, left for viewers to guess as to his true identity as well as his true loyalties, definitely a must watch series on the big screen and small one as well.