Awards & Honours of Captain America

Captain Steven “Steve” Rogers of the United States Army is best known as the superhero Captain America, but it should not be forgotten that he is still an active member of the United States Armed Forces and thus would have been awarded a number of both civilian and military awards and decorations for his notably service during World War II.

It has never been firmly established within the comic universe precisely what decorations Capt. America has been awarded, however with the release of the 2011 film Captain America: The First Avenger we can get an idea of some of his decorations and we can also make some assumptions based on both his actions in the comic books and by drawing parallels to other famous World War II American veterans, notably such as First Lieutenant Audie Murphy; one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II, receiving every military combat award for valour available from the U.S. Army, as well as French and Belgian awards for heroism.

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My Kleptomaniac Motivation: “That there is one damn fine coat you’re wearin'”

Morality in video games is a fickle creature, it provides us with the potential to demonstrate great levels of care and protective love towards the various AIs, one only needs to look towards the likes of XCOM and Fire Emblem to see players who can be heartbroken at losing one of their characters; on the other hand however, we also have the option for a great level of cruelty and sadism, simple put how many of you readers have designed houses to torture your residents in The Sims…most of us have, at some point.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Is Wrong: Thor’s Mjölnir & Metallic Hydrogen

“Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.” – King Odin Borson of Asgard

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Mjölnir (Norse: “that which smashes”) is the mystical hammer of Thor the Norse God of Thunder and Lightning[0]. Depicted as one of the most fearsome weapons, capable of levelling mountains; it is comparable to King Arthur’s Excalibur and the Christian Crucifix in terms of its cultural significance, more so with the cinematic success of Marvel Comics adaptation of the hammer and its wielder.

Resulting in many variations of this mythological weapon (however for this article the focus will be on the Primary Continuity’s version):

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Primary Continuity (Earth-616)
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Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth-199999)
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Ultimate Universe (Earth-1610)

Thus it is not surprising to see much debate and discussion of this now item of popular culture, and herein we come across its most (in)famous misconception.

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