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Bird-Man of Akah Ma'at

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Reverend Meteor

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Subj: Re: Captain America, Hiroshima and Chuck Austen..
Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 at 11:01:25 pm EDT (Viewed 578 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Captain America, Hiroshima and Chuck Austen..
Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 at 09:24:26 am EDT (Viewed 691 times)


      Guess you're right. Although "revealing" the government was responsible for freezing Cap during WW2 to prevent him from interfering with the coming atrocities was interesting nonetheless.

    I think Captain America couldn't work as a character if he had been put in the situation of learning about the bombings before they happened.

    Either he would leave hundreds of thousands of the enemy to a fiery death and live with that or he would act on his conscience and sabotage or reveal the government's plan thus more or less becoming a traitor.

    Captain America works as a character because he never had to make that hard choice. Jumping ahead to the 60's he can pretend (and that's what it is) to be this representation of American values. I don't think he would have been ok with the rationale that the bombs saved more lives than a ground war in Japan.

He wouldn’t be Captain America if he did.

I believe a story can be written without much controversy. I could see a story where Cap is sent away on some bogus mission/operation to prevent him from interfering. By the time he finds out it's too late. Cap then goes under the radar and "gives up the shield" for awhile before he realizes he could stand for America's ideals without indubitably supporting its government. His Nomad persona might’ve been better suited here.

Or perhaps during the Original Sin event, Cap’s overwhelming guilt from not being able to stop the bombing comes back. A false guilt he somehow previously “paid” to keep buried within.. but now has to face it all over again?

Just a thought.

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