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Hazy Shade of Winter

by lamardeuse

Steve Rogers is the quintessential “little guy from Brooklyn” of a hundred World War II-era films. Determined to enlist despite his myriad physical weaknesses, he is seemingly granted his wish to contribute to the war effort through the miracle of science, only to find it a mixed blessing. In Marvel Studios' Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), he is at first transformed into a star-spangled propaganda tool, truly joining the fight as a soldier when he defies his superiors and mounts a daring rescue operation to save his lifelong friend, Bucky Barnes, and the other captured members of Barnes' battalion.

The events of this film and the subsequent The Avengers (2012) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) show Rogers to be a quasi-tragic figure, ripped from the past and deposited unceremoniously in a future in which he has lost everything. Disillusioned by the questionable methods of combating the latest perceived threats to freedom, he finds himself without even a cause to fight. When he finally dons his original uniform at the end of Winter Soldier, it is once again to challenge the establishment in order to save lives, including that of his best friend.

Simon and Garfunkel's Hazy Shade of Winter seemed in many ways to suit the character of Steve Rogers as he is developed in the Marvel films, reflecting the prevailing themes of loss and disenchantment.

Thanks to Dorothy and Jim for assistance and encouragement while making this vid.

Hazy Shade of Winter

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Steve Rogers is a man out of time.

from Captain America and The Avengers films (2011)
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