So, imagine you're Steve Rogers. One day, you're just an average, everyday Captain America, keeping it real while fighting endless hordes of techno-Nazis back in the 1940s. The next, you're frozen in a giant block of ice for nearly 70 years.
Sure, you get to make a kick-ass list of things to catch up on, and sure, you get a whole bunch of awesome new sidekicks...
...but let's be honest, there are some things money just can't buy: love, memories, a lifetime of choices and mistakes, a butt load of US savings bonds.
No, wait a second. That last one you can totally buy.
And, come to think of it, Cap seems like the guy who totally would have.
And, if those bonds were invested properly, surely Cap would have woken up a seriously wealthy dude? The question is, then, just how rich?
Well, wouldn't you know it, there's a Reddit thread for that.
Reddit user Prufrock451 crunched the numbers a week or so back, and the results are...kind of surprising. I mean...take a look:
If you assume that Cap had the same salary as all the other soldiers on his pay grade, he would have had a personal wealth at the time of his freezing of around $5000 - all of which would presumably have been invested in US savings bonds.
Now, assuming that he was listed as MIA after taking that icy plunge - which, seeing as Howard Stark immediately set out to look for him, you have to assume he was - the army (or the newly formed S.H.I.E.L.D.) will most likely have looked after his assets for him, and - following US Army policy - promoted him in line with his peers.
Which means that, give or take, his net worth by 1950 would already - at around 2 percent interest - have risen to around $27,000.
By 1960, it'd be just shy of $100,000.
In 1970, close to $270,000.
And by 1980, around $807,000, with Cap becoming a millionaire in late 1982.
Come 1990, that figure will have gone up to $2.45 million, which sounds pretty great - until you remember he still had 21 years to go before being thawed.
By the time that happened in 2011, Steve Rogers' personal wealth would have added up to around $8.63 million in US savings bonds.
So y'know how Cap spends his days riding around on a motorcycle and visiting Smithsonian exhibits all about him and his buddies?
Yeah, he could easily be heading home to a veritable orgy of champagne, caviar and readily available superhero groupies.
Except, of course, he's Captain America, so you can pretty much guarantee he gave it all to a good cause.
Like, say, wounded veterans, in the form of a veterans charity.
Maybe even one recommended by a certain friend of his who works for Veterans Affairs:
Either that, or he's in the process of being sued for every penny he owns by the good people of New York, after, y'know, this:
We probably won't even find out what he did with it in [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035), so in the meantime, what do you guys think?
What do you guys reckon Cap would have done with all that money?