|We all know Captain America's shield is indestructible,... until it isn't. We have actually analyzed the meaning of Cap's shield before, but seeing it busted into three pieces from last week's Comic-Con, perhaps we should re-visit it. There are two bands of red, so that suggests that, somehow, both the meanings of red exist within this one shield: red either means we love something so much we are willing to shed our (red) blood for it, or we are so angry with someone/thing, we are willing to shed their (red) blood over it. The outer red band probably refers to Cap's anger he gets when he sees acts of injustice and corruption, because that spurs him onto action (please recall, in Dante's Inferno, Dante gets angry with the soul of the wrathful and is blessed for it, the reason being that anger can be a good emotion when properly used, by Dante and Captain America, but just like everything else, it can be abused and used for harmful purposes. Separating the two circles of red is the circle of silver, and this shouldn't give us any problems: just as silver has to be purified in fire, and the smith be able to see his/her face in the silver to know when it's "done," so Captain America has to discern--not only the situation calling him to action--but also his own heart and motivation for doing what he feels compelled to do. After Captain America discerns his heart and mind, he then comes to the second circle of red, love. Remember, Steve Rogers became Captain America because he was the only one who dived on a "live" grenade to save his fellow Americans. The center of the shield is where the true strength lies: we know that blue symbolizes both depression and wisdom, because the gaining of wisdom often comes at the expense of great sadness, and Captain knows both, but because he has so self-lessly sacrificed himself to fight the Nazis in Germany and the socialists in America, he is a star, a legend, one whose devotion and courage will never be forgotten,... until it is. Seeing the shield broken and busted isn't just a shield, it's Captain America himself broken and busted, because the shield symbolizes his heart and who he is; for the shield to be busted, means he himself is busted (it appears that we will see something similar to this in Batman vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice with Superman going through a similar experience). To see Captain America broken and beaten is, ultimately, to see America broken and beaten (America having believed we were indestructible like the shield until our enemy smuggled himself into the White House). So, why 3 pieces? That's an excellent question, and my answer may be wrong, but it will at least offer a starting platform for us: the nation is divided in two parts right now, the conservatives and the liberals, which probably represents the biggest breakage in the shield--we haven't been so divided since the Civil War--but the third break is probably the past (then again, it could be the future, but I think it's the past) because Captain America himself largely symbolizes America's past as a super-power after World War II (the serum he took to build him up is very similar to what happened to America to become a dominant player in world politics). So conservatives are destroyed, liberals are destroyed and the past making up America's identity is destroyed. It has been revealed that Ultron (James Spader) is not going to put in motion events to just rule the world, rather, he accepts that the world will have to get worse before he can make it better, so that's why so many people will have to die,.... sound familiar to anyone?|
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P.S.--I am off to see Guardians Of the Galaxy now!