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CAPTAIN AMERICA
of Earth-8342

Real Name: Steve Rogers

Identity/Class: Alternate reality (Earth-8342) human mutate

Occupation: Adventurer, crimefighter, consultant

Group Membership: None;
   formerly Avengers (see comments)

Affiliations: General Nick Fury, New Avengers, Tony Stark (all Earth-8342) (see comments)

Enemies: Doctor Faustus (Johann Fennhoff), Grand Director, National Force, Red Skull (Johann Shmidt), Red Skull ("Red Skull II") (all Earth-8342) (see comments)

Known Relatives: Sharon Rogers (wife), Steve Rogers, Jr. (son), Nickie Rogers (son?), Joseph Rogers (father, deceased), Sarah Rogers (mother, deceased), Harrison Carter (father-in-law), Amanda Carter (mother-in-law)

Former Aliases: Nomad (see comments)

Base of Operations: New York City, USA (Earth-8342)

First Appearance: What If...? I#38/2 (April, 1983)

Powers/Abilities: Captain America has been imbued with the Super-Soldier serum; this has heightened his physical form to near-pinnacle human abilities, exceeding Olympic athletes in endurance, strength, speed and agility. He is a master of multiple forms of unarmed combat. Age has slowed him down, albeit only marginally.

  Captain America carries a 2.5' diameter concave shield made of a Vibranium-Adamantium alloy. This is virtually indestructible and provides excellent defense against all manner of attack, and can be hurled as a rebounding weapon; however, due to age, Roger's accuracy has slightly diminished. He makes use of Stark technology, including a Sky-Cycle and has a refractory coating over his body armor to help deflect ray blasts.

Height: 6'2"
Weight:  235 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: White-blond

History:

(What If...? I#38/2 (fb)) - During a battle with the fascist National Force (led by Grand Director and Dr. Faustus) and his seemingly brainwashed lover Sharon Carter, Captain America destroyed the self-destruct device on Carter's uniform, saving her from from imminent death (although it was much later revealed that her death was only meant to be a ruse).

What If...? I#38/2 (fb) - BTS) - Realizing the depth of his feelings for her and that he never wanted to lose her, he married Carter. She quit S.H.I.E.L.D. and he reduced his time with the Avengers, acting only as a consultant so he could spend time with his wife and two children, Steve Jr and Nickie. Tony Stark's corporation built a modem home-base with a protective shield for his family and Stark designed a special Sky-Cycle for Steve. Ten years after saving Carter, Captain America fought the nefarious Red Skull and the villain seemingly perished. But the Super-Soldier serum in Steve Rogers slowly deteriorated and 30 years after saving Carter, age had caught up with him. His appearance had become more haggard and his fighting skills had marginally declined.

   While technology advanced and the skyline modernized across the three decades, environmental pollution, political corruption and economic chaos also increased, reducing the standard of living and leading to escalating violence and crime, as well as fomenting inflexible radical right-wing political views (secretly encouraged by the weakened Red Skull). As Captain America, Rogers patrolled the city and mentored the next generation of heroes, the New Avengers. Stark enhanced Steve's body armor with a refractory coating to help deflect ray blasts. Sharon Rogers was concerned that Captain America was spending too much time training the new recruits and had General Nick Fury, also aging, come over to encourage Steve to retire.

(What If...? I#38/2) - General Fury advocated Steve retire, but he refused, stating that must always be a Captain America. With that, he left on his Sky-Cycle to investigate Punk Row, where a thuggish gang was causing major trouble. He soon found them attacking a police patrol and quickly overcame them, but found his aim was off when throwing his shield. Meanwhile, the aging Red Skull (Johann Shmidt), seeking final revenge on his arch-foe), managed to kidnap Steve's family. Captain America returned home to see the Red Skull's aircraft streak away and gave chase, arriving at his foe's base, shocked to see his elderly nemesis (silent for many years) decrepit in an armed hover chair. Red Skull had set explosives to kill Steve's family if he died, leaving Captain America in a no-win situation, as Red Skull hit the hero with various weapons from his armchair. Captain America lost his shield and Red Skull revealed his son, garbed the same as his father. The son shot at the hero, who darted and grabbed his shield, denouncing the Nazis' ambitions for a Fourth Reich. Seeking to escape, the younger Red Skull shot his father and fled. With seconds to spare, Captain America hurled his shield, compensating for his slacking aim, and destroyed the bomb threatening his family. Captain America then declared that the world needed him more than ever to counter evil; watched on by their children, Sharon Rogers reaffirmed her love, roused by his ideals of "duty, honor and country."

Comments: Adapted by Rick Margopoulos, Dan Reed, Mike Esposito.

This reality diverged from Earth during Captain America's scuffle with the National Force and the seemingly brainwashed Sharon Carter in Captain America I#233 (May, 1979) (with her seeming "death" by belt-mounted incinerator confirmed on video screen in Captain America I##237 (September, 1979)). As such, his complete affiliations, enemies, aliases, team memberships and occupations up to that point of divergence would be the same. NB: Earth-616's Sharon Carter did not die on Earth-616; her death was faked so that she could go on a top secret mission for S.H.I.E.L.D.

Stats are adapted from the OHotMU vol.1 (1983) to match the time of this story's publication.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Captain America of Earth-8342 has no known connections to:


Earth-8342

Over three decades, Earth-8342 advanced and modernized with technology, but this also came with increased environmental pollution, political corruption and economic chaos. As a result, the standard of living declined and led to escalating violence and crime. Further, the nefarious Red Skull's henchmen fomented inflexible radical right-wing political views. However, Captain America (Steve Rogers) maintained his role as crimefighter, and acted as consultant to the Avengers and mentor to the next generation of heroes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

--What If...? I#38/2


Nick Fury

Due to old age, General Nick Fury resigned as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and became Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, DC. He maintained his friendships with Steve Rogers and Sharon Rogers (nee Carter). At one point, Sharon used Fury to encourage her husband to retire from being Captain America, but Steve ignored him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

--What If...? I#38/2


Red Skull

Ten years after Captain America saved Sharon Carter from fanatical self-destruct devices of the National Force, the nefarious Red Skull (Johann Shmidt) was severely weakened in a battle with Captain America, although the hero though he had perished. Red Skull vanished for many years from his overt activities and instead concentrated on working behind the scenes, watching Captain America's slow deterioration from age. Still targeting a Fourth Reich, he had his henchmen foment radical right-wing political views in society. Red Skull also fathered a son, indoctrinating him and garbing him in the same uniform as his own. However, Red Skull's reliance on the Rejuv-Drug to continue living also weakened his heart, but the Nazi's hatred and drive for revenge on his nemesis kept him going. When Captain America was absent from his home-base, he kidnapped the hero's wife and two children, and planted explosives to kill Steve's family if he died, leaving Captain America in a no-win situation in the coming clash. As the two fought, Red Skull hit the hero with various weapons from his hover armchair and revealed his heir. But Red Skull was shot by his son so that the younger could escape, yet this left the father proud. Captain America smashed the bomb at his family before it could detonate as Red Skull died.

 

 

 

--What If...? I#38/2


Red Skull ("Red Skull II")

Red Skull's son was the heir to the original Red Skull's legacy. The son was raised in secrecy and indoctrinated to follow in his father's footsteps, also garbed and masked the same. But in his first fight with the aged Captain America, the younger Red Skull shot his father so he could flee while the hero was distracted. Later, despite his age, Steve Rogers insisted on keeping his role to stop the new Red Skull.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

--What If...? I#38/2


Sharon Rogers

Sharon Rogers (nee Carter) married Steve Rogers after he saved her from a destructive device from the fascist National Force. She resigned from S.H.I.E.L.D. and the married couple had two children, Steve Jr. and Nickie, and raised them in their protected home-base, designed by Tony Stark's corporation. She was dedicated to her family but concerned about her husband's continued activities as Captain America. However, after seeing him battle the two Red Skulls, she was inspired by his dedication to his ideals and agreed to him continuing as the heroic Captain America.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

--What If...? I#38/2


Steve Rogers, Jr.

Steve Rogers, Jr. was the eldest son of Steve Rogers and Sharon Rogers. He appeared teen-aged with sibling Nickie and lived with his family in the Rogers' home-base in New York.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

--What If...? I#38/2


Sky-Cycle

Captain America (Steve Rogers) had a unique Sky-Cycle specially designed by Tony Stark, who knew Steve's fondness for motorbikes and built in similar design elements. It had room for an extra passenger. It could hover and maneuver in proximity without a driver. Although not having a windshield, it was capable of very fast speeds, being able to keep up with a rocket aircraft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

--What If...? I#38/2


images: (without ads)
What If...? I#38/2, p1 (main image)
   p2, pan2 (headshot)
   p12, pan1 (in action)
   p4, pan2 (Earth-8342, overhead city view)
   p4, pan4 (Earth-8342, street view, gang against police)
   p3, pan4 (Fury)
   p11, pan1 (Red Skull)
   p6, pan3 (Red Skull, headshot)
   p12, pan5 (Red Skull's son, running)
   p2, pan1 (Sharon Rogers)
   p2, pan1 (Steve Rogers, Jr.)
   p7, pan3 (Sky-Cycle)


Appearances:
What If...? I#38/2 (April, 1983) - Rick Margopoulos (writer), Dan Reed (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)


First posted: 07/04/2023
Last updated: 07/04/2023

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