Spider-Man: Homecoming's Hilarious 'Rappin' With Cap' PSAs Offer a Glimpse of the Post-Avengers MCU
Chris Evans may not have had a huge role in Spider-Man: Homecoming, but his Captain America PSAs were one of the highlights of the movie. Throughout Peter Parker’s high school gym classes, there was seemingly a Cap public service announcement for everything. But it turns out that Evans filmed more clips than we saw in the final movie. The Spider-Man: Homecoming digital release has several additional Captain America videos shot by director Jon Watts. They’re not only really funny to watch, but they also offer an intriguing look at what life is like in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In the pilot episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Maria Hill says "The Battle of New York was the end of the world. This, now, is the new world.” Michael Keaton’s Adrian Toomes had a similar sentiment at the beginning of Spider-Man: Homecoming when he looked over a child’s drawing of the Avengers in the immediate aftermath of the Battle of New York. The Avengers aren’t just superheroes, they’re celebrities. And aside from Iron Man, Cap might be the most popular member of the team. That’s because his legend dates back to World War II, and he was literally “The First Avenger.” Finally, some truth in advertising!
We have a theory about these PSAs, and where they fit within the MCU's timeline. Cap’s costume appears to be the one that he wore in The Avengers, and he must have filmed them some time after the Battle of New York. Prior to that, Cap was keeping a low profile. Another telltale sign is how upbeat Steve Rogers is in these clips. There’s no sign of the cynicism that had clearly set in by the beginning of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Instead, Steve slipped right back into the showman routine he had when he first became Captain America. It’s funny, and a little depressing to think about how his worldview has been shattered in just a few short years.
Cap is so earnest in these PSAs that it is almost impossible not to laugh at him. Even he looks like he can barely keep from chuckling, but that may just be Evans’ personality shining through the character. Perhaps the most hilarious part of the video comes when Cap has to talk about sex education, and he can’t even make it through ten seconds of that particular PSA without freezing. But we have to give the man a pass for that one, because it had been about 70 years since his last kiss!
There is still some question about how much the public knows about Captain America’s current status in the MCU. Peter’s gym teacher, Coach Wilson, mentions something about Cap being a war criminal, but he still looks ridiculously happy standing next to the TV stand when it plays a PSA. We guess that if you defeat the Nazis, Hydra, and turn back an alien invasion, you kind of get a pass on the Sokovia accords from the general public.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will hit Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, October 17.
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