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Speedpaint: Captain America: Say Your Prayers

Hello to all my movers and shakers and all my dreamers of dreams!

Today, I have another painting for you. This time, it’s Captain America, Steve Rogers, with rosary in hand in honor of both the release of Avengers: Infinity War and of the National Day of Prayer. Both of these passed while I was still working on this.

To be honest, I think I could’ve done better with this one. I might go back and redo it sometime, add a bit more expression into his features. I do love how his hair turned out, though.

So, my personal headcanon regarding Steve Rogers and faith: Steve is Roman Catholic, but he’s very private about his religion and doesn’t really speak about it very often. There are a few reasons for why I think this.

  1. His parents. In the comics, Steve’s parents were Irish immigrants who came over to the States prior to his birth. The newest retcon even shows Steve with a grandfather, Ian, after whom he later names his adoptive son. Steve was born in 1917, shortly after his father’s death in the Great War/World War I. Prior to that, Ireland was going through a bad economic depression (we’re talking 20% unemployment rates, here, holy cow), which is probably why they immigrated in the first place.
  2. Where he grew up. Steve and Bucky both grew up in Brooklyn, which has historically had a notable Irish population. (As does Hell’s Kitchen, for that matter…) Additionally, it can be seen from the comics and inferred from the movies that Steve grew up poor.
  3. Steve’s Reputation. Yes, I typed that with a capital R. Steve Rogers is the man who doesn’t give up. At all. Even when his face is about to get punched in by someone who has about 100 lbs. on him and a mean right hook. That’s the reputation of a man who is used to being discriminated against, not just for his stature, but also likely because of his heritage. The Irish, particularly Irish Catholics, were looked down on as being inferior, unintelligent, uneducated, and uncontrollable. What better reason to prove yourself?
  4. His comment to Natasha in The Avengers. I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen a more Catholic statement than this one in recent big-shot movies:
    • “Might want to sit this one out, Steve. These guys are practically gods.”
    • “There’s only one God, ma’am- and I’m pretty sure He doesn’t dress like that.”

Given his background and his own statements, but also taking into account the fact that he hasn’t made any other mentions of God or religion of any kind in subsequent movies, one can infer that he has either become an atheist since the first Avengers film (I kind of doubt this, given Steve’s character) or he has just become even quieter than before.

Okay. Rant over.

Please don’t mind me, I’ll just be over here stewing over Infinity War. SMH.

If you have anything that you’d like to add to this, or if you have your own Steve Rogers Headcanons, I would love to read them! Just feel free to post them in the comments section below. I make an effort to read anything I see (an easy thing to do, right now, to be honest) and I do my best to reply to all of it.

All I ask is that we keep the spoilers to a minimum for now, out of courtesy to anyone who hasn’t seen the film. Thank you so much!

And now to bed. Hope you enjoyed this post!

Thank you so much for reading!

This is Amanda, signing out.

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