It’s a question that has been debated by Marvel fans for years: Is Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), aka Captain America, a virgin?
Whereas as a young man Rogers was frozen in ice for six decades, then immediately dove into action in a years-long battle for humanity’s fate, true believers theorized (obsessed?) in the past to grow old with Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) after the time-skip climax of Avengers: Endgame.
It turns out these obsessives include Jen Walters (Tatiana Maslany), the self-conscious star of the new Disney+ series. She-Hulk: Lawyerthat Marvel finally, surprisingly, gives us a definitive answer.
Walters is seen at the beginning of the first episode of the series, which premiered on Thursday, amusingly talking about it with her cousin, Cap’s colleague Avenger Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), before a fateful car accident: world threat to world threat disaster. That’s when he’s not a fugitive from the law. So it looks like he was really, really busy,” says Jen. “Obviously Captain America was a virgin.”
Bruce is apparently annoyed by a conversation that is implied to have had many times before. But in the episode’s closing credits scene, he really clears the record.
“Steve Rogers is not a virgin,” Bruce, as Smart-Hulk, tells an “emotional” Jen, believing her to be intoxicated, as they drink outside their isolated Mexican lab. “He lost his virginity to a girl in 1943 on the USO tour.”
“Yes, I knew it,” replies Jen, who is pretending to be drunk. “CAPTIN AMERICA FU—!”
We’ve only heard the first sound of that last word (Marvel isn’t allowing F-bombs yet, at least not until Deadpool formally crosses over), but we all know what it says.
Twitter reacted with appropriate glee on Thursday, including Evans himselfwho shared some crying laughing emojis as well as a zipper mouth face.
Ruffalo, meanwhile, jokingly apologized: “Sorry brother. It was under extreme pressure.”
In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment this past weekend, writer and executive producer Jessica Gao explained why the half-hour comedy took on Rogers’ sex life in its big debut.
“That’s just a question I think a lot of people who’ve watched the Marvel movies have had,” Gao tells us. “Many of these questions [in the show] about the things that happened in the MCU are a result of actual conversations that we in the writers’ room had with our friends or with each other. And that’s something a lot of us talked about in the writers’ room: it would be a shame that one of the greatest men of all time, with that hot ass, could go to his grave without ever feeling a woman’s loving embrace.” (In case you missed it, Gao is referring to another Marvel joke: the quality of Rogers’ ass, which in End of the game dubbed “America’s ass.”)
In a separate interview with VarietyGao says that She-Hulk The team cleared up the gag with studio head Kevin Feige himself, who actually provided the company’s official answer.
“I can’t describe to you how thrilled and shocked I was that Kevin was not only on board to answer the question, but he provided me with the canon answer,” she said. “This is straight from Kevin’s golden mouth.”
Maslany was unfamiliar with the confusion over Steve’s sex life. “I thought it was just Jen’s brain, and I love that there’s a whole bunch of people who are Googled this,” she tells us.
“That’s why a show like this exists. We’re finally getting to the hidden truths of the MCU.”
Before we have this conversation in the writers’ room, we’re wondering if She-HulkCreators of 2021 have seen our 2021 interview with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the writers of the three Captain America movies, as well as Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
“I think he loses his virginity!” McFeely reacted emphatically when asked if they ever considered showing Rogers with a woman in 2011 Captain America: The First Avenger. “Why do people think he’s a virgin? If you look like this, and you’re going from town to town, and you’re signing autographs for the women he’s signing autographs for, I have to imagine that. [he lost his virginity].”
“And yes, the thing to remember is that Steve Rogers is not a prude,” added Markus. “He can occasionally be presented that way. He’s a guy who believes in right and wrong and all that stuff, but he’s not a choir boy. He is a WWII veteran.”
Markus and McFeely, it seems, were right all along.
“And I’m going to say it now,” Markus added dryly. “We filmed. We filmed. We have it.”
maybe this enters She-Hulkend of season.
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