@tnp said in FCs on Comic MUs:
A female Cap would be problematic since women combatants were not a thing in WWII and would certainly not be the subject of super soldier experiments. If possible at all, there would need to be a lot of consultation with staff on how that would work.
This is a bit of an aside, but I feel like a female Cap would be totally in line with the story of Captain America. After all, Steve Rogers doesn't become Captain America because he's totally suited to be a heroic American super-soldier; he gets to be the guinea pig because he's completely unsuited to it. Pre-Super Soldier Serum, he's 4F. It's not just that if he didn't get picked by Dr. Erskine, he'd be one more grunt with a helmet and a rifle; absent the experiments he doesn't get to be in the Army at all.
And I don't think it would even be a challenge to draw a straight line from that idea, to having a female Captain America, and making it a compelling idea in the process. Stephanie Rogers wants to fight the Nazis, too, and she's at least as brave as any of the men lining up to enlist, but she'll never be allowed to -- partly because she's a weak and sickly young woman, but mostly because she's a woman. So when Dr. Erskine needs a test subject for his dangerous, and possibly fatal, experiments, she's quick to volunteer, and he's quick to accept. Because if his experiments kill someone who wasn't going to fight anyway, it doesn't hurt the fight against the Nazis -- and if his experiment works, then they'll be cranking out battalions of super soldiers in no time, and the marginal cost of having tested it on a non-combatant is pretty close to zero.
And she knows it, too. She doesn't expect to be anything other than a guinea pig, but she's willing to risk her life, because if this is the only way her country will allow her to help beat fascism, then by God that's what she's going to do. When it works, and she turns out to be the only one there'll ever be, she's going to have a very similar experience to Movie Cap, where the Army just wants to send her on morale tours and raise money selling war bonds and she has to defy her own government to punch out the SS.
I think it would totally work. And kick ass.