It’s a question that has been debated by Marvel fans for years: Is Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), aka Captain America, a virgin?
Considering that as a young man, Rogers was frozen in ice for six decades and then immediately plunged into action in a multi-year battle for the fate of humanity, true believers have theorized (obsessed?) the idea that Cap he didn’t have sex until he stayed in the past to grow old with Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) after the time climax Avengers: Endgame.
As it turns out, those obsessives include Jen Walters (Tatiana Maslany), the star of the new Disney+ series Conscious She-Hulk: Lawyerwhich Marvel finally, shockingly, gives us a definitive answer.
Walters appears at the beginning of the series’ first episode, which premiered Thursday, amusingly speaking to her cousin, Cap’s Avenger Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), in the face of a fatal car accident: “He’s going from world-threatening destruction in a disaster that threatens the world. That’s when he’s not a fugitive. So it looks like he’s been pretty, pretty busy,” says Jen. “Apparently, Captain America was a virgin.”
Bruce is visibly annoyed by a conversation that is implied they’ve had many times in the past. But in the episode’s end credits scene, he actually clears the record.
“Steve Rogers is not a virgin,” Smart-Hulk-like Bruce tells an “emotional” Jen, believing her to be drunk, as they drink outside his secluded Mexican lab. “He lost his virginity to a girl in 1943 on the USO tour.”
“Yeah, I knew,” replies Jen, who was faking her drunkenness. “CAPTAIN AMERICA FU—!”
We only get the first sound of that last word (Marvel still doesn’t allow F-bombs, at least not until Deadpool officially passes), but we all know what he’s saying.
Twitter reacted with appropriate glee on Thursday, including Evans himselfwho shared some crying emojis as well as a zipper face.
Rafalo, meanwhile, he politely apologized: “Sorry bro. He was under extreme pressure.”
In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment last weekend, head writer and executive producer Jessica Gao explained why the half-hour comedy tackled Rogers’ sex life for its big debut.
“That’s just a question that I think a lot of people who have watched Marvel movies have had,” Gao tells us. “So many of these questions [in the show] about the things that happened in the MCU are the result of just real conversations we had in the writers room with our friends or with each other. And this is something that many of us have been discussing in the writer’s room: It would just be such a shame that one of the greatest men of all time, with that hot ass, could go to his grave without ever feeling the loving a woman’s embrace”. (In case you missed it, Gao is referring to another Marvel joke: the quality of Rogers’ backside, which in Game over called “America’s butt”.)
In a separate interview with Varietysays Gao She-Hulk The team cleared up the issue with studio head Kevin Feige himself, who actually gave them the company’s official response.
“I can’t tell you how excited and shocked I was that not only did Kevin answer the question, but he gave me the standard answer,” she said. “That’s straight from Kevin’s golden mouth.”
Maslany was previously unfamiliar with the brouhaha over Steve’s sex life. “I thought it was just Jen’s brain, and I love that there’s a whole group of people Googling it,” she tells us.
“That’s why a show like this exists. We finally get to the hidden truths of the MCU.”
Before we have this discussion in the writers’ room, we wonder if She-HulkIts creators saw our interview from 2021 with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the screenwriters of all three Captain America movies, as well as Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
“I think he’s losing his virginity!” McFeely was adamant when asked if they ever considered showing Rogers with a woman in 2011 Captain America: The First Avenger. “Why do people think he’s a virgin? If you look like this and go from town to town signing autographs for the ladies he’s signing autographs for, I imagine [he lost his virginity].”
“And yes, the thing to remember is that Steve Rogers is not a brat,” Markus added. “It can occasionally present itself that way. He’s a guy who believes in right and wrong and all that stuff, but he’s not a choir boy. He’s a World War II veteran.”
Markus and McFeely, it turns out, were right all along.
“And I’ll say it right away,” Marcus added dryly. “We shot it. We turned it around. We have it.”
Maybe that comes in She-Hulkthe season finale.
Check out our interview with the cast and its creators She-Hulk: