During World War II most able-bodied American men were volunteering to defend freedom by fighting the Nazis, including Steve Rogers. But Steve was too small and thin for the armed forces to accept. Then a scientific experiment turned him into “a new breed of soldier” called Captain America. With a larger body and super-human strength, Steve Rogers gives the world’s meanest bullies what they deserve. This sometimes funny, sometimes inspiring action film affirms the priority of being a good man over being a dangerous warrior.
QUESTION: Describe Steve Rogers’ life at the beginning of the story. Would you call him successful? A failure? What is the driving desire of his heart? How does he want to make an impact? (See "A" below)
QUESTION: When asked if he wants to kill Nazis Steve says “I don’t want to kill anyone. I don’t like bullies, no matter where they’re from.” What does Steve’s response to bullies reveal about his character? (See "B" below)
QUESTION: Steve’s mentor tells him that the serum amplifies what is already within a man. What did it say about Steve when he threw himself on a grenade? (See "C" below)
THINK ABOUT IT:
A. Steve Rogers illustrates the courage of many real-life men and women who have been willing to sacrifice their own freedom and safety for others. Read Philippians 2:4-8. How does Steve’s attitude echo the attitude of Christ as described by the Apostle Paul?
B. Read 2 Timothy 1:7. Courage in the face of danger honors God and reflects His nature rather than fearful self-preservation.
C. Read John 15:13. It is when we willingly give our lives for and to others that we reflect great love and noble character.