If you are a Marvel fan, then you must be wondering, “Who was the first Avenger”, right? This widely asked question has two varying answers. Apparently, Captain America is the first Avenger, but there’s a lot more to this story you need to know.
Let’s find out what the truth is!
Is Captain America The First Avenger?
Captain America needs no introduction, as he is well-known to all MCU fans. But is he really the first Avenger? Of course, he is. His first solo film, Captain America: The First Avenger itself depicts Steve Rogers as the first ever superhero to live and die as an Avenger.
Let’s recall some major highlights from the film so that you can understand how Captain America was the first Avenger. After receiving the Super-Soldier Serum during World War II, Steve Rogers transformed into Captain America. He remarkably embodied bravery, honor, and self-sacrifice. Following an inevitable battle against Red Skull, he remained frozen in the depths of the ocean for nearly 70 years. Nick Fury, the head of S.H.E.I.L.D., found and revived him. It took Fury no time to decide that Steve Rogers should be assembled for the Avengers initiative. However, Captain America was already an Avenger, not by name but by virtue.
Captain America: The First Avenger was released in 2011, whereas The Avengers was released in 2012. We witnessed Steve Roger’s transformation and unforgettable sacrifice in Captain America: The First Avenger. This proves that he has always been an Avenger. That’s the reason why his first movie was entitled The First Avenger.
Why is Captain Marvel Considered the First Avenger?
Now, let’s come to the second “varying” version of the story. When fans ask who was the first Avenger, many fandoms respond by stating that it was Captain Marvel who gave a kickstart to the Avengers Initiative.
That’s true. It is clearly shown in the Captain Marvel movie that Nick Fury came up with the idea of the Avengers Initiative after meeting with Carol Danvers. “Avenger” was actually Carol’s Force sign call, which Nick copied.
Carol Danvers, A.K.A Captain Marvel, was not the first Avenger, but she surely was the reason behind how and why Nick Fury started assembling a superhero team to protect the world from all evils.
Long story short version — Captain America was the first Avenger, while Captain Marvel only inspired the Avengers initiative. She deserves to be known as the Second Avenger, though.