Like- Howard Stark
This was a brave addition to the cast. It could have felt forced. There was plenty of time to make some obnoxious reference to Iron Man, but they just played it real. Howard Stark was there. There is no connection to Tony; this isn’t some lame way that Tony grew up wanting to be a hero. Howard was a part of the film and screw you if you don’t get that it’s Tony’s dad. This is the best connection device to date in all the films.
Love- Steve Rogers
“I don’t want to kill anyone, I just don’t like bullies.” Steve Rogers was a huge character when he was barely 100lbs. Everyone who made jokes about how it’s a pro-steroid film clearly missed the point that Steve became as big a hero as he already was. Him getting the flag down, him jumping on the grenade, all of it was perfect.
Hate- Captain America
He rode a motorcycle and punched people. He jumped really far once. He did nothing impressive. There was no super in his soldier. In ‘The Incredible Hulk’, Emile Blonsky injects himself with a version of the Super-Soldier Serum. He takes on Hulk. The amped up speed, strength, and agility they showed Blonsky fighting with made me excited to watch Captain America take apart Nazis, but instead he punched them like any unpowered individual would.