She-Hulk just cleared up a debate that’s been raging on the Internet for more than a decade: Is Captain America a virgin?
It’s a conversation that kicks off in She-Hulk, Disney+’s winking new comedy that delights in poking fun at the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s self-seriousness. Bruce Banner, her cousin (also known as Jennifer Walter), is riding in the vehicle with her. The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Jennifer Walter (Tatiana Maslany) presses Bruce on what he knows about Captain America‘s sex life.
She presents her theory. “Steve Rogers did not have a girlfriend before he went into the service,” she says.
“Says who?” asks Hulk.
“This History Channel,” says Jennifer. “So he becomes Captain America, and from that moment on, a symbol of America, he is rushed to the frontlines. He is a war hero. Then he’s frozen in ice. So based on everything you’ve told me, after he gets unfrozen he goes from world-threatening disaster to world-threatening disaster. That’s when he’s not a fugitive from the law, right? So it seems like he was pretty, pretty busy…Obviously Captain America was a virgin.”
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Bruce cannot reply to the spaceship before their exchanges are interrupted. The two of them will return to their conversation and share some exciting news before the episode ends.
In case you’ve missed the ongoing debate about Steve Rogers’ chastity, there are a few other reasons that fans have long suspected Cap (Chris Evans) is a virgin. Steve Rogers’ Boy Scout personality combined with the sexual mores of the 1940s suggest that he would not have lost his virginity before receiving the supersoldier serum during World War II.
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In a bizarre twist, he doesn’t get to meet the woman he loves, Peggy Carter, (Hayley Awell). This is because he crashed a plane to save humanity. He travels back to her in order to reconnect with them at the end. Avengers: Endgame—but more on that later.)
His undying love for Peggy and his unfailing devotion to her suggests that he would not have broken up with her even if he was awakened from cryogenic sleep. He flirts with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). The Winter Soldier: Captain AmericaShe ends up being with Bruce Banner for a while, but we don’t see any awkward discussions about a love triangle at Avengers compound. So we can safely assume that they never had sex.
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His only other suggested love interest is Peggy’s grand-niece, Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp), which, gross. The two lock lips (again, gross), but let’s all hope and assume they never did more considering that Steve is probably her grand-uncle (gross!).
The audience now knows that Captain America has not been a virgin until the very end. Avengers: Endgame. Steve Rogers, in the closing minutes of the movie, travels back to the future with Peggy. He will live his entire life together. From The Winter Soldier: Captain AmericaPeggy was married to John and they had two children. FinaleThis seems to prove that Steve Rogers was her unseen husband post-time travel.
It’s unclear when Steve travels back in time whether Steve and Peggy get together in a parallel timeline or whether Steve was Peggy’s husband all along and fathered her two children. Peggy speaks of her partner in a mysterious way. The Winter Soldier, it’s safe to assume the latter. These writers are FinaleThey have also suggested that it be done.
However, Jennifer, Bruce, and possibly even Bruce believe Captain America has died at the time. She-HulkThis takes place after-Finale. It would surprise the entire world to learn about his time travel shenanigans. That seems to be a secret that Cap’s besties Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson and Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes have held close.
End credits scene from the premiere episode She-Hulk, Jennifer pretends to drunkenly cry over the disappearance of what Ant-Man affectionately referred to as “America’s ass.” “It’s just so sad. Steve Rogers did so much for his country, and he never got to experience sex,” she says. “Did you see that ass? This ass didn’t deserve to be a virgin. It’s like, so sad.”
Bruce gives up. “Steve Rogers is not a virgin,” he says. “He lost his virginity to a girl in 1943 on the U.S.O. Tour.”
Jennifer quickly stops her teary-eyed act. “Yes, I knew it,” she says triumphantly.
It is quite funny to think about what circumstances Steve might have shared the information with Bruce. There was certainly a lot of time in Avengers headquarters during that five-year period. But, finally, confirmation.
You might think that this is a distraction from Marvel’s canon. Kevin Feige, head of Marvel Studios, assures you otherwise: He spoke with Variety, She-Hulk showrunner Jessica Gao said she posed the question to Feige and got the answer “straight from Kevin’s golden mouth.”
“I can’t describe to you how thrilled and shocked I was that not only was Kevin on board with answering the question,” she said, “that he supplied me with the canon answer.”
Jennifer, for her part is thrilled. “Captain America fu—” she yells, and then the screen cuts out because this is a PG show. After many long years worrying that America’s greatest soldier never got laid, we share Jennifer’s enthusiasm.
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