Captain America and Logan may not get along, but Steve Rogers just revealed why he let a killer like Wolverine fight alongside him in the first place.
Steve Rogers has always been one of the more honest Avengers who showed a hesitation in killing, but the latest issue of Captain America finally explains why he continues to put up with heroes who do not share that hesitation, and may even justify his working relationship with Glutton. While Cap may have taken his share of lives during his time as a hero, it is still not something he does freely. This tends to set him apart from some of his allies, and has caused a great deal of tension between Cap and his teammates.
Captain America # 30 marks the end of Ta-Nehisi Coates ‘career in title alongside Leonard Kirk in art, and his final moments raise some interesting questions about the titular hero’s stance on his teammates’ will to kill. After Sharon Carter tries to apologize to Steve for providing Wilson Fisk with the information about Alexa Lukin’s location and inadvertently getting her killed, Steve stops her and tells her that while he doesn’t believe what happened was correct. , she doesn’t need to apologize to him, even saying, “There are codes older than mine. And my answers are not the only ones.This shows real growth for Captain America, who has a remarkable track record when it comes to thinking that his path is the right one.
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Steve sees himself and his fellow heroes as icons and symbols of a better world and believes that they should act as such. This perspective has put him at odds with his fellow heroes before, especially Wolverine. But Steve knows that his word is not the law, and this recent conversation with Sharon Carter shows a surprising acceptance of the more violent perspectives of his allies. This even explains why he would allow someone like Wolverine to become an Avenger in the first place, even though he initially argued against including Logan in the group in the past. New Avengers # 6 by Brian Michael Bendis and David Finch. It takes Iron Man to convince Steve that they will need a teammate willing to cross lines that they won’t, especially after the Scarlet Witch’s betrayal.
Captain America may have been a soldier, but he doesn’t really consider himself a murderer. He’s taken lives when absolutely necessary, but never did it as often or unemotionally as someone like Wolverine. Despite his wartime origins, Captain America was created to be a hero, while Wolverine was created to be a weapon. It makes perfect sense that their ideologies are inherently different.
Still, Steve may not like his teammates’ willingness to kill, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t understand it. Everything that has happened since he became a super soldier has helped Captain America recognize that sometimes certain lines must be crossed, even at the expense of his morality. While he can’t condone Sharon’s actions, he won’t condemn them either, which is quite a substantial growth from the man who has repeatedly called Wolverine a murderer.
Whether Steve is subconsciously giving Sharon a pass, or he has finally come to peace with more ruthless ideologies, this exchange paints Captain America in an interesting new light. And it largely explains how Steve tolerated Logan’s Avengers status for as long as he did. It’s on the air when fans will see the two heroes team up again, but when they do, Captain America hopefully he’ll be a little more forgiving of Glutton.
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