On paper, Captain America might not seem such a fun character to write, given that he’s probably the most straight-laced of
’ cast of colourful characters. However, for Whedon, that’s just what makes him so endearing.
“I am the guy who loves Cyclops on the X-Men, because he is square,” admits Whedon. “[
] is a little square, and he is aware that he is a little square, and he is aware that the world is a beat ahead of him, or in his case, 70 beats. I think that's very disarming and very charming. I relate to that guy. I also don't know who the popular singers are right now, so he is actually really easy for me to write.”
“There were some lines where [
] would be like, ‘Okay, now I just sound like an idiot,’” continues the director. “And in context, I was like, ‘Yeah, actually, now that it's all laid out that is a bit much.’ He is very aware of his dignity, but at the same time understood why I wanted to find the humour in somebody who was so out of touch.”