Check out a sneak peek from the new episodes airing Sunday, February 4 at 8:00am ET/PT on Disney XD.

There are two new episodes of “Marvel’s Spider-Man” this coming Sunday and they’re jam-packed, as Spidey faces the threat of Spider-Island! He’ll need a lot of help, including a notably formidable red-headed spy…

In “Spider-Island Part One” and “Spider-Island Part Two,” as everyone in Manhattan is manifesting spider powers, Spider-Man and Spider-Gwen must help Black Widow track down Crossbones before he delivers stolen vibranium to Arnim Zola and Hydra.

You can check out a preview clip from the episodes above, as Spider-Man, Spider-Gwen and Black Widow take on Crossbones!

“Spider-Island Part One” and “Spider-Island Part Two” air Sunday, February 4thth from 8:00 – 9:00 A.M. ET/PT on Disney XD.

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The war on drugs nearly claims Steve Rogers as a casualty!

Every day we celebrate Captain America’s 75th anniversary by looking deep into the Marvel Unlimited archives and going through some of Steve Rogers’ most thrilling adventures. Happy diamond anniversary Sentinel of Liberty!

No stranger to war, Captain America finds himself caught in an all new one in the “Streets of Poison” story from 1990. While out on patrol, Cap stumbles upon a new drug called Ice whose dealers have no problem killing innocents to protect their business. Upon returning to Avengers Headquarters he discovers that mechanic Fabian used the substance and currently suffers from the after effects.

In the seven-part tale that ran in CAPTAIN AMERICA #372378 by Mark Gruenwald and Ron Lim, Cap struggles with something that Fabian mentions early on in the first issue: “Don’t you owe your very powers…to a drug?”

Driven to stop the spread of Ice on the streets, the Star-Spangled Avenger launches his own war on drugs that leads him to a warehouse stocked with the product and a pusher willing to blow the whole place up to stop its unauthorized removal. Steve survives the explosion, but soon starts acting erratically. Diamondback sees this and posits that it might be because the drug entered his system and possibly latched on to the Super-Soldier Serum.

Captain America (1968) #372

Captain America (1968) #372

  • Published: July 10, 1990
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: July 29, 2013
  • Cover Artist: Ron Lim
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Unhappy with the interference in the drug trade, Kingpin hires Bullseye to look into it. The assassin clashes with Cap who later throws down with Daredevil while in the drug’s thrall. After taking a beating from the Super Soldier, the Man Without Fear then faces off against Crossbones who’s still working for Red Skull.

While Black Widow, Diamondback, and John Jameson try to put a stop to a rampaging Cap, Bullseye crashes in on Red Skull and Crossbones, seemingly killing the Nazi, but it turns out to be a robot. Those two go on to fight at Yankee Stadium while Hank Pym figures he can get the Ice out of Steve’s system by cycling out his blood, but the Super-Soldier Serum goes with it.

No longer super-powered, Cap needs to prove that he makes the hero, not the drug known as the Super-Soldier Serum. He successfully defeats Crossbones while Kingpin and the Red Skull battle each other. “I’ve proven it! I can be Captain America without the drug!” Cap thinks to himself standing over ‘Bones. 

Cap Declassified

While detoxing from Ice, Cap dreams that Red Skull attacks him, claiming that anyone given the Super-Soldier Serum would have become a hero and that he’s nothing special. Steve responds that many people have been given variants on the serum and no one’s become the hero he has. He’s not kidding. Professor Erskine’s substance helped change Isaiah Bradley and Patriot while attempts at recreating it led to the creation of Master Man by the Nazis and U.S. Agent among others.

The team that saved Steve Rogers’ life in more than one way comes under fire from within in the “Avengers Disassembled” story in AVENGERS #500-503 and AVENGERS FINALE.

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Cap teams with Diamondback in a race against Baron Zemo, Crossbones, and more!

Every day we celebrate Captain America’s 75th anniversary by looking deep into the Marvel Unlimited archives and going through some of Steve Rogers’ most thrilling adventures. Happy diamond anniversary Sentinel of Liberty!

Over the years, Captain America’s adventures have taken him all over the world, into space and alternate realities. In Mark Gruenwald and Kieron Dwyer’s CAPTAIN AMERICA #357364, collectively called “The Bloodstone Hunt,” the Star-Spangled Avenger gets his Indiana Jones on by teaming up with Diamondback to snatch up a batch of mystical items called the Bloodstones before Baron Zemo and his hired guns Batroc, Machete, and Zaran can.

Cap only gets involved in the caper after Diamondback uses a homing device he supplied to help get her out of the secret temple Zemo and company dumped the former Serpent Society member in after they found her spying on them. From there, the two head off on a globe-spanning adventure that also establishes John Jameson as Cap’s personal pilot and a new foe named Crossbones who secretly works for the Red Skull.

Like any great blockbuster, this story travels the globe ranging from the depths of the ocean and the nearby yachts to Incan temples and even Madripoor. Cap and DB even face off against a mummy!

Captain America (1968) #357

Captain America (1968) #357

  • Published: September 10, 1989
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: June 03, 2013
  • Cover Artist: Kieron Dwyer
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As you can probably guess, Zemo wants the stones to do something creepy with his dad’s body, but the whole thing goes to pot and the costumed combatants escape with their lives. In the last two issues, Cap heads to Madripoor to track down Crossbones, who kidnaps Diamondback at the end of the previous story. DB proves more than capable of taking care of herself as the Avenger faces off against the surprisingly powerful ‘Bones.

These issues all include back-up stories by Gruenwald that feature the likes of Teen Cap, U.S. Agent, Scourge, and Vagabond as the book started coming out every other week.

Cap Declassified

Diamondback first appeared in CAPTAIN AMERICA #310 in 1985. An on-again, off-again member of the Serpent Society, she occasionally teamed with Captain America and developed quite a crush. Not long after this story, the two actually go on a first date in #371. Eventually, Diamondback goes on to start a group called BAD Girls, Inc. with Asp and Black Mamba. Expect to see more of her in coming weeks!

Next, Bucky filled Steve’s boots as Captain America properly for over a year, but see the original’s triumphant return in CAPTAIN AMERICA: REBORN by Ed Brubaker, Bryan Hitch, and Butch Guice.

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One of Captain America's greatest foes gets set to cause trouble in Battlerealm!

The Collector has a special surprise in store for our favorite Sentinel of Liberty and his name’s Crossbones.

Captain America’s one-time killer enters the fray ready and raring to crack some skulls. Kabam Art Director Gabriel Frizzera and Game Designers Dominic O’Grady and Justin Ostensen dropped by to chat about the brutal brawler and what he brings to “Marvel Contest of Champions.”

Marvel.com: Crossbones has a knack for throwing Captain America for a loop. For those players that haven’t seen “Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War” yet and aren’t familiar with the comics, who is Crossbones?

Gabriel Frizzera: Brock Rumlow, or Crossbones, is a mercenary with a long history of working for various nefarious organizations, but primarily with Hydra and the Red Skull. He is an expert martial artist and marksman, having been trained in the Taskmaster School for Criminals. In a nutshell: [he’s] a psychopath with expert training in assassination and general guerrilla warfare—quite an unsavory fellow.

Marvel.com: And it looks like the Collector grabbed this particular version of Crossbones straight outta the film!

Dominic O’Grady: Yep! The art and animation team did a fantastic job of bringing this version of Crossbones to life. He looks great and moves awesome.  His Special 2 is particularly brutal and totally fits him.

Gabriel Frizzera: The Marvel theatrical team was nice enough to give us a sneak peek of his awesome costume, especially his hydraulic gauntlets and how they work. Our modeling team did an awesome job in making him accurate to the “Civil War” movie, but we pushed a bit further. We made him as big as he is in the comics. His body is massive, comparable to some of our large Champions like Colossus and Drax.

Marvel.com: What can we expect from this guy in fights?

Justin Ostinsen: Crossbones is one of the most offense-oriented Champions in the game, and his entire kit of abilities is tooled to take down Captain America. From his Fury, which reduces Cap’s ability to Fatigue his opponents, to his Incinerate effects which strip away his chance to Perfect Block, Brock Rumlow is a force to be reckoned with.

Marvel.com: Alright, so from his abilities it looks like you’re going to want to play him into heavy debuff characters to make the most of his Hydra Training.

Justin Ostensen: Absolutely correct. With his special Hydra Training, not only can he shrug off debuffs, but he converts them into a very powerful Fury effect. Facing him off against Science Champions like Ant-Man, Luke Cage, and even Captain America will let Brock jack up his strength to incredible levels.

Marvel.com: And wow, his team ups look heavily crit-based. Does that work with Fury and Hydra Training? Does he turn into a crit machine under the right circumstances?

Justin Ostinsen: All of his abilities tie together into a full kit that focuses entirely on strong offensive capabilities. In addition to converting debuffs into Fury effects via his Hydra Training, Crossbones also converts his Critical Hits into Fury effects. Meanwhile, increasing his Critical Damage also makes his Fury effects even stronger. Overall, Crossbones has some of the highest raw damage in the game, especially when he triggers his brand new ability, Overrun.

Marvel.com: And when does Brock hit Battlerealm?

Justin Ostensen: Crossbones has been ambushing Captain America supporters in the Contest for a few weeks now, but is finally ready to step out of the shadows and get into the fight. Keep an eye on in-game messaging and arena details to know when you can pick up the Hydra Enforcer.

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Contest of Champions” news and interviews.

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In the wake of Civil War, Cap becomes a casualty!

Every day we celebrate Captain America’s 75th anniversary by looking deep into the Marvel Unlimited archives and going through some of Steve Rogers’ most thrilling adventures. Happy diamond anniversary Sentinel of Liberty!

Civil War took its toll on the Marvel Universe in a variety of ways. Teammates found themselves fighting on opposite sides, people died, and a general sense of distrust clouded the hero community; but the worst part of the whole thing? It all led to the death of Captain America.

At the end of CIVIL WAR, Steve Rogers turned himself over to the authorities in an effort to stop this disagreement from hurting anymore regular people. In CAPTAIN AMERICA #25, the hero planned to see his day in court, but an assault on the stairs leading up to the courthouse left the Star Spangled Avenger bleeding out from a series of gunshots.

On hand to extract Steve with a Nick Fury-devised plan, Bucky Barnes apprehended Crossbones with some assistance from the Falcon, but none of that helped Steve who died by the end of the issue. As readers discover, part of the blame falls on a brainwashed Sharon Carter who gut-shot her on-again, off-again boyfriend three times.

Captain America (2004) #25

Captain America (2004) #25

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In the following issues, specifically #26#33, by writer Ed Brubaker and artists Steve Epting and Mike Perkins, the Winter Soldier plans to murder the person he blames for all of this: Tony Stark. Luckily for the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Bucky’s got Falcon, Fury and Black Widow looking out for him. That doesn’t stop him from breaking out of S.H.I.E.L.D. custody and throwing down with the mustachioed man charge.

The fight comes to a quick end, though, when Tony reveals that he has a letter in his possession from Steve Rogers that requests the man in the Iron Man armor help out his former protégé. The missive also states that someone should fill in for him as Captain America. By the next issue the two ideas join together as Bucky first dons his own take on the Captain America uniform, but that’s a story for another entry!

Even if you know how this story eventually resolves itself in CAPTAIN AMERICA: REBORN, the scenes of Cap gunned down while in handcuffs still hit hard. This is a man who sacrificed huge chunks of his life for the American people seemingly dying in a terrible situation and yet he still jumped into a guard to save him from taking a bullet. If that doesn’t exemplify what makes Cap such a hero, what does? 

Cap Declassified

Luckily for Captain America fans, Steve Rogers has a real knack for avoiding death. He was, of course, presumed dead for all those years he floated around in a chunk of ice, but also seemingly perished during Jim Steranko’s brief run as artist on the book. And don’t forget about the time at the end of Mark Gruenwald’s run in CAPTAIN AMERICA #443. Heck, it even looks like Steve bites the bullet in our next entry, but you’ll have to come back to find out how that one plays out!

Captain America stands up to an Infinity Gauntlet-wielding Thanos in INFINITY GAUNTLET.

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Get your first look at new characters from 'Captain America: Civil War,' hitting theaters May 6!

Brock Rumlow returns ready for war as Crossbones in new images from Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War”! Check out more photos from the film above and see “Captain America: Civil War” in theaters May 6.

When the government holds super heroes accountable for collateral damage in “Captain America: Civil War,” friends become foe when battle lines are drawn! Captain America (Chris Evans) and his team of heroes oppose the decision while Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and his allies attempt to uphold the laws. See the heroes face off in the photos above, along with your first look at Crossbones and Martin Freeman as Everett Ross!

Choose your side and go see “Captain America: Civil War” when it lands in theaters May 6! Be sure to follow @CaptainAmerica on Twitter and like “Captain America: Civil War” on Facebook for all the latest news and updates.

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Learn more about the upcoming film in theaters May 6, 2016!

Marvel Studios has commenced principal photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on “Captain America: Civil War,” the third installment of its Super Hero franchise. The production will shoot on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production, as well as locations in Germany, Puerto Rico and Iceland.

Set for release in the United States on May 6, 2016, “Captain America: Civil War” is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Community”) from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (“Captain America: The Winter Solider,” Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger”). The film returns Chris Evans (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron”) as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America along with Robert Downey Jr. (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel’s “Iron Man 3”) as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Sebastian Stan (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Captain America: The First Avenger”) as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Paul Bettany (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Iron Man 3”) as The Vision, Jeremy Renner (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel’s “The Avengers”) as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Don Cheadle (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Iron Man 3”) as Jim Rhodes/War Machine and Elizabeth Olsen (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Godzilla”) as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch.

After his debut in Marvel’s “Ant-Man” on July 17, 2015, Paul Rudd (“Ant-Man,” ”Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”) will make his first appearance alongside the Avengers as Scott Lang/Ant-Man in “Captain America: Civil War.”

The film also includes outstanding additional cast, including Chadwick Boseman (“42,” “Get on Up”) as T’Challa/Black Panther, Emily VanCamp (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Revenge”) as Sharon Carter/Agent 13, Daniel Brühl (“Inglourious Basterds,” “Bourne Ultimatum”), Frank Grillo (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Warrior”) as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones, William Hurt (“A History of Violence,” Marvel’s “The Incredible Hulk”) as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross and Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”).  

“Captain America: Civil War” picks up where “Avengers: Age of Ultron” left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” is produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo’s creative team also includes director of photography Trent Opaloch (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Elysium”), production designer Owen Paterson (“Godzilla,” “Matrix”), and three time Oscar®-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”).

Based on the Marvel comic character first published in 1941, “Captain America: Civil War ” continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in  “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and the upcoming release schedule, which includes Marvel’s “Ant-Man” on July 17, 2015, Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” on November 4, 2016, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” on May 5, 2017, and Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” on November 3, 2017.

Marvel Studios most recently continued its unprecedented success with the release of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015. The film recorded the second biggest opening weekend of all time with a $191.3 million box office. It has also been the #1 release in every country where it has been released.

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Crossbones made his first cameo appearance this month back in 1989!

Of all the mercenaries in the Marvel Universe, Crossbones might just be the most relentlessly villainous. He only takes jobs from the worst of the worst—mostly the Red Skull—and pulled away from any helping hands extended his way during his stint as a member of the Thunderbolts. The guy’s bad news and he has few redeeming qualities; even his long-term romantic relationship with the Red Skull’s daughter thrived on causing mayhem and inflicting pain on others.

So maybe ol’ Brock Rumlow doesn’t deserve a cake and presents, but you know, it’s still his birthday.

Captain America (1968) #359

Captain America (1968) #359

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Crossbones first appeared in CAPTAIN AMERICA #359 by Mark Gruenwald and Kieron Dwyer. Unbeknownst to Captain America and his sidekick Diamondback, Crossbones had been hired by the Red Skull to trail the duo as they searched all over the globe for a complete set of Bloodstone gems. Readers first glimpsed Rumlow in silhouette.

Art from Captain America #359

Art from Captain America #359

Crossbones kept tabs on the hero and his personal jet, following the Avenger’s trail from the Amazon to Bermuda in CAPTAIN AMERICA #360.

Art from Captain America #360

Art from Captain America #360

CB got closer than ever before in CAPTAIN AMERICA #361, when he snuck on board Cap’s personal Quinjet and spied on John Jameson—the pilot formerly known as Man-Wolf.

Art from Captain America #361

Art from Captain America #361

Crossbones finally made his big debut in CAPTAIN AMERICA #362, and he even got to be on the cover!

Captain America (1968) #362

Captain America (1968) #362

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Diamondback had uncovered the lifeless body of the original Baron Zemo in the cargo hold of the new Zemo’s ship. Before she could piece together the Baron’s plan, Crossbones jumped her. The merc also had the rest of the Bloodstones in his possession—at least he did until they flew out of his hand and reformed on the elder Zemo’s corpse.

Art from Captain America #362

Art from Captain America #362

Young Zemo’s plan to use the reconstructed Bloodstone to resurrect his dead dad didn’t go exactly as planned. Instead, an alien entity called Hellfire Helix took control of the body and threatened the lives of everyone in its vicinity. Crossbones and Cap actually worked in tandem to take out the threat!

Art from Captain America #362

Art from Captain America #362

With the Bloodstone shattered once more and his mission completely ruined, Brock took Diamondback prisoner and escaped. Captain America mounted a rescue mission in CAPTAIN AMERICA #363, bringing the hero face to face with Crossbones for the very first time. The two would cross paths numerous times over the next few decades, as ‘Bones played an prominent role in the assassination of Steve Rogers just following CIVIL WAR!

You can catch Crossbones’ latest dirty deeds in PUNISHER!

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The Black Widow and Punisher writer brings his anti-heroes together this summer against Crossbones!

Two of Marvel’s most deadly characters clash this August in a special crossover between BLACK WIDOW and THE PUNISHER.

Heading up both titles, writer Nathan Edmondson kicks it off in BLACK WIDOW #9 and continues it in THE PUNISHER #9, spinning a story involving Crossbones and the Skull Squad and a race against the clock that may end both heroes’ missions forever.

Marvel.com: Nathan, how did the crossover come together?

Nathan Edmondson: Both stories led us to a place where a crossover was possible at just about the same time. We knew fans were clamoring for it from the beginning, but we didn’t want to rush into it; when it was a natural time, we came up with a really unique way to launch into it. 

Marvel.com: What kind of history do the Widow and Frank have before this? How do they feel about each other in general?

Nathan Edmondson: Frank and Natasha are a really interesting pair to combine together: on the one hand, they seem to exist in the same kind of heroic/antiheroic space in the Marvel Universe, but at some point the similarities stop and the disparity begins, and the tug and pull between those two ends will be at play here.

Black Widow (2014) #9 cover by Phil Noto

Black Widow (2014) #9 cover by Phil Noto

Both characters are so devoted to their “mission,” so hell-bent on their internal narrative that it will not be easy for them to identify what they have in common with one another. 

Marvel.com: How will those individual missions both jibe and clash in this story? Is there much hope that they can truly work as a team?

Nathan Edmondson: Natasha is more of a team player than Frank, but Frank has arguably come to better terms with his past than has Natasha, so that’s where the interplay with them gets interesting. And yes, we’ll see a bit of a distinction between their tactics, for certain. Which makes working on both titles possible, really; I don’t think I could handle both characters if they were more similar. 

Marvel.com: What happens to set up the events that bring about the crossover? What’s Crossbones up to and what are the stakes?

Nathan Edmondson: I can’t reveal yet why Crossbones is involved here, because that comes charging right out of the two-part story we’re publishing with Kevin Maurer just preceding this.  But I can say that both sides of the crossover continue to carry each character’s ongoing narrative forward. Natasha and Frank are both on a mission here, on a journey in their own books, and that journey leads them to the same place at the same time, and we encourage readers, for many issues after, to keep asking “why?”

Marvel.com: How will the two issues relate to one another? Are they chronologically, or is it one story told from two different vantage points?

The Punisher (2014) #9 cover by Mitch Gerads

The Punisher (2014) #9 cover by Mitch Gerads

Nathan Edmondson: Both issues take place at exactly the same time, beginning and ending at the same moment and progressing at the same pace. I think this will be a truly unique experience for readers to see the story from both sides. Which means, also, that readers will need to get both books to get the full experience of this mini-event!

Marvel.com: What’s the greatest challenge for you as a writer to plot a “clock ticking” type story?

Nathan Edmondson: The biggest challenge is to be sure I get the story out before the clock runs out in the story! Which sounds silly, I’m sure, but you have to keep that story taut until the very last second, twisting it even tighter with each beat, and in this case, we had to do that simultaneously in both books in different ways, but in ways that complemented each book.

Marvel.com: What can you say about artists Phil Noto and Mitch Gerads on the crossover?

Nathan Edmondson: They will share art to compare and make sure they’re both walking on the same path—or, well, boat, in this case—each step of the way. It’s going to be a fun challenge for them both, I think; it certainly was for me writing and rewriting and rewriting the issues. The payoff, though, is certain to be worth the effort. This is going to be fun!

BLACK WIDOW and THE PUNISHER cross over this August!

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The unthinkable occurs as Steve Rogers has a fatal encounter with an assassin's bullet!

Over seven decades ago, history occurred with the debut of Captain America in 1941. 70 years later, Steve Rogers and his star-spangled alter ego have grown to iconic status, remaining a mainstay of the Marvel Universe while also expanding into the realms of television, film and more.

On April 4, 2014, the Sentinel of Liberty returns to the big screen in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” from Marvel Studios. As the countdown to Chris Evans picking up the shield once more heats up, we present the definitive comics history of Cap, from his debut to the modern day.

Follow along with us weekly and look for more Captain America on Marvel Unlimited and through the Marvel Digital Comics Shop.

Captain America (2004) #24

Captain America (2004) #24

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“Where were you when Captain America died?”

2007 will forever be stamped as the year the great hero fell to an assassin’s bullets and left an unsuspecting world to ponder the loss and mourn his passing.

The so-called “civil war” between Earth’s heroes continued to rage in CAPTAIN AMERICA #24. Cap infiltrated a HYDRA fortress, discovered that Nick Fury helped from behind the scenes, and fought on unaware of the Red Skull’s plans coming to fruition. Dark days lay ahead.

In desperate battle with his former friend Iron Man in CIVIL WAR #7, Cap looked around himself and realized the great toll that fell upon the innocent from the conflict. After cracking Stark’s armor with his mighty shield, Steve Rogers threw it down and surrendered.

Under arrest, Cap’s transportation to a court house for a hearing in CAPTAIN AMERICA #25 ended in unthinkable tragedy. Shot by a sniper from atop a nearby rooftop, the Sentinel of Liberty died while being rushed to a hospital, Sharon Carter by his side.

Captain America (2004) #25

Captain America (2004) #25

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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier raced to capture the shooter, discovering it to be the Red Skull’s lackey, Crossbones. In anguish from Cap’s death, Sharon received even worse news from the diabolical Dr. Faustus: she delivered the final fatal shots while under the doctor’s hypnosis.

CAPTAIN AMERICA #26 brought two wakes for Steve Rogers, one through official channels and the other held by Cap’s underground allies. Still reeling from her betrayal of Steve, Sharon Carter quit S.H.I.E.L.D. while Bucky Barnes swore he’d kill Tony Stark, the man he held responsible for Cap’s demise.

Cap’s friend Wolverine refused to believe the news in FALLEN SON #1 until proven otherwise, while in FALLEN SON #3, Tony Stark offered the role of a new Captain America to Hawkeye. A funeral for the hero in FALLEN SON #5 ended with Stark submerging the body in the cold Arctic sea, intending it to be Steve Rogers’ last resting place.

After Hawkeye’s refusal of the role, Stark announced there’d be no replacement in CAPTAIN AMERICA #27. Bucky wanted Steve’s real shield, not the fake one placed in a museum, and had to fight the Black Widow to retrieve it.

Captain America (2004) #28

Captain America (2004) #28

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In CAPTAIN AMERICA #28, the Winter Soldier discovered the Red Skull’s involvement in the tragedy while simultaneously being hunted by Nick Fury. A letter written by Cap before his murder made a big impression on Tony.

Rescued by his cronies in CAPTAIN AMERICA #29, Crossbones enjoyed the chaos he’d created, while the Black Widow went after Bucky, who finally caught up to Russian mastermind Lukin. Crossbones delivered a beat down to the Winter Soldier in CAPTAIN AMERICA #30 and Lukin donned a mask to fully become the Red Skull. When Bucky protested too strongly, the Skull activated a Russian “shutdown code,” effectively silencing Cap’s partner.

Dr. Faustus attempted to brainwash Bucky in CAPTAIN AMERICA #31, and then instructed the Winter Soldier to shoot and kill Sharon Carter.

Read more CAPTAIN AMERICA (2004) on Marvel Unlimited!

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