[top: watch the avengers for a third time
bottom: spend entire movie cataloguing what Captain America has missed]
Steve seems like a not-jerkassy human being, so I’m sure civil rights and feminism won’t give him much pause, but - hm. He slept through Nixon and Watergate, so he wouldn’t have the inherent distrust and cynicism towards the federal government. He might think Black Widow is a communist, but I’m guessing “commie” wouldn’t hold the same negative connotations as someone who had actually gone through the Cold War. He’d be pretty shocked at the changing attitudes towards the armed forces in the wake of My Lai and Cambodia and Iran-Contra and the Kandahar massacre. Vacuum cleaners are weird but they perform the same function as a carpet sweeper and he’s not an idiot so they won’t confuse him. Modern art - he’s an artist, right - that - that might be a bit jarring. Huh. Has he ever eaten a kiwi? Does he know what a kiwi is? Has someone in SHIELD explained to him that smoking cigarettes for your asthma is actually a really terrible idea? Has someone explained inflation to him so he doesn’t literally faint when he goes to gas up his motorcycle? Does he have a license for that? What were popular American attitudes towards the Middle East in the early 40s? Were can openers - yeah, can openers had been invented by then, so -
ooh omg CHITAURI GO SPLODEY I shall shut up now
He missed the rise and fall of the World Trade Center.
He missed Star Wars.
He missed Jackie Robinson, the first black man in the Major Leagues, playing for his team—the Brooklyn Dodgers. He missed the Dodgers subsequently moving to Los Angeles and the demolition of Ebbets Field; he missed the AIDS crisis of the 80s and 90s, and I Love Lucy, and Kennedy’s assassination. He missed The Catcher in the Rye, and Kurt Cobain, and Michael Jackson, and Elvis Presley. He missed Rogers and Hammerstein by just the tiniest of margins.
He missed 1984—both the book and the year.
He missed the Beatles.
He missed Harry Potter. I mean, it’s still big enough that he can read it and watch it and be fine, but he will never experience the excitement of the midnight releases.
He missed the rise of rock, punk, hip hop, and rap.
What will he even do with the internet?
In fact, computers as a whole… they may have been starting to conceive of the idea, but it wasn’t until I think the 50’s that they started to build them - massive machines that took up a whole room and only had, like, 16 MB of space.
As was said before, he’ll probably be okay with feminism - I mean, he got super close with Peggy, I think he’ll be fine - but what will he ever do with changing attitudes towards sexuality? Learning about the whole “free love” movement from the 60’s will be interesting for him.
One day he will go and see a fantasy movie and have no idea how regular people without super powers can fly and end up in fantasy realms like Middle Earth.
Shows like The Daily Show would upset him… and the fact that the things that Jon Stewart mocks are true would upset him even more.
He missed Star Trek. All of them.