Captain America is definitely my favorite Marvel superhero. I mean the guy is dressed in an American flag, so how much more patriotic can he get? Plus, it could be said that he's more of a protector of "truth, justice, and the American way," than even Superman, who is described as fighting for these things quite often. His movies are probably some of my favorite superhero films. And I wanted to make a top 10 list of my favorite scenes from First Avenger and Winter Soldier. Ready or not, here we go!
10) Bucky and Steve discussing women
Poor Bucky. The ladies' man gets left behind. This photo is pre-serum for Steve, but once he's injected with the super solider serum, we see a complete role reversal. Bucky is with Steve in a bar when Agent Carter appears. She begins a conversation with Steve and completely ignores Bucky's presence. She leaves and Bucky complains to Steve, "I'm invisible. I'm turning into you! This is a horrible dream!" Steve only smiles and says, "Don't take it so hard. Maybe she's got a friend."
9) Cap tells Falcon how to identify bad guys
In this scene, Falcon asks Cap, "How do we know the good guys from the bad guys?" Cap responds with his rather matter-of-fact answer, "If they're shooting at you, they're bad!"
8) Howard Stark on the female psyche
In one of my favorite quotes of all time, Howard Stark, (Iron Man's father, for those who don't know!) offers Steve the best advice on women that anyone, real or fictional, has ever given. That advice is, "The moment you think you know what's going on inside a woman's head... is the moment your goose is well and truly cooked."
7) Colonel Phillips' best one-liner
Colonel Chester Phillips' dialogue is chock-full of quippy one liners, but my personal favorite is in the scene where they are chasing Red Skull's plane as it taxis out of the hangar. Steve leans back down into the convertible to kiss Agent Carter, then looks at Phillips, who shouts, "I'm not kissin' ya!"
6) Falcon's reaction to combat with Hydra
Jumping back to Winter Soldier's conversation about bad guys, I absolutely loved the scene where a Quinjet opens fire on Falcon and he radios to Steve, "Hey, Cap, I think I found those bad guys you were talking about!"
5) Falcon's epic phone call with Agent Sitwell
This entire scene was probably one of my favorite Falcon moments from the film. Here's Agent Sitwell, completely surrounded by armed guards, and being threatened by a war vet with a quirky sense of humor and the ability to fool Sitwell's phone into thinking the call is coming from his boss. The entire scene is a study in clever one-liners, but the best is when Falcon says, "That tie looks really expensive, and I'd hate to mess it up." As he says this, Sitwell looks down and sees the telltale red dot of a laser sight on his chest.
4) Steve and Bucky: "To the end of the line"
This is probably the most heart-breaking moment in the whole Winter Soldier film. It's when Bucky finally snaps out of the Hydra-induced trance he's lived in for the past 70 years. I have to admit, I cried watching this scene the first time, and I've cried every time since. It's tragically beautiful.
3) "This one's waited long enough"
This is really the moment that started it all. A team of explorers find the wreckage of a plane in the Arctic. They call the military, who send two representatives to see it. They enter the wreck and find Cap's shield, and presumably, Cap's body as well, though we are not shown this in the scene. What I love the most about this scene is the little exchange between the two soldiers on seeing Cap's shield. "Get me a line to the colonel." "It's 3 am, sir." "I don't care what time it is. This one's waited long enough."
2) Colonel Phillips' lack of faith in Steve
Another favorite moment from The First Avenger is this scene between Abraham Erskine, inventor of the super soldier serum, and Colonel Phillips. I loved Colonel Phillips' line "When I let you run a 90-pound asthmatic onto my army base, I let it slide. I thought maybe he'd be useful to you, like a gerbil. I never thought you'd pick him."
1) Tribute to a fallen hero
This is probably one of the saddest moments from the entirety of The First Avenger. The surviving members of Cap's unit, the Howling Commandos, are gathered in a bar to pay homage to their fallen leader, presumed killed in action. One can hear Jacques Dernier trying to choke back a sob as the commandos raise their glasses for a toast, "To the Captain."