Warning! Spoilers ahead for Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #2
In the latest issue of Marvel Comics Captain America: Sentinel of FreedomSteve Rogers just brought in a now iconic meme from Avengers: Endgame in the comics canon. During his investigation of the secret heritage and history of his shield, Rogers enlisted the help of friends young and old. At one point, Captain America utters a line said by the MCU’s First Avenger at the very end of the film (although the context here is even funnier).
As we have seen in previous issues of Sentinel of Liberty from Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Carmen Carnero, Nolan Woodard, and VC’s Joe Caramagna, it is revealed that Steve Rogers still has friends his actual age with whom he served in World War II. Together, they helped him decipher coded messages on the radio that revealed a shadowy organization using his shield iconography as a game board to move pawns around the world. As such, the dark notion that the shield symbol really belongs to this mysterious group rather than Rogers himself is of great concern to the Marvel Super-Soldier.
Naturally, Steve is highly motivated to uncover the true origins of his shield and uncover all of his heritage in the new Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #2. To that end, it is revealed that Rogers also has younger friends who resemble the age Steve actually is. One of these friends (named David) helps run the world’s largest digital archive database, meaning he’s able to quickly search and see who the original designer of Captain America’s shield was. . While Steve is very grateful and impressed that David was able to look up the information so quickly on his phone, he’s far less interested in thanking the creator of the phone (leading to one of his most memorable lines from End of Game become the canon of comics).
Hilariously, Cap doesn’t want to thank Iron Man for his minor role in helping uncover more of his shield’s history (even if it was just designing the phone used to find the information) . It’s probably because Steve correctly assumes that any kind of thanks would further inflate Iron Man’s already massive ego. However, the exact wording of the “No, I don’t think I will“can’t be a coincidence. This line was one of Steve Rogers’ last in the MCU when he met Sam Wilson as an old man to pass on his shield. While Wilson wanted to know if Rogers wanted to share the story behind his wedding ring, Steve declined (using the same line).
Seen all over social media, this particular line of Captain America has become a major meme thanks to Game over great impact on pop culture in general. That being said, it’s safe to say that using the same line in this new issue is even funnier, highlighting the comedic aspects of Steve’s relationship with Iron Man. It also proves that there are times when the comics Captain America chose to be as understated as its MCU counterpart.
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