With every passing day, I am more and more convinced that the government sent John and Lemar out into the field not for them to succeed against the Flag Smashers, but to die and be martyrs that the government can then use for PR to silence the Flag Smashers’ cause.
Because why else would they send their non-powered Captain America out into the fight armed with nothing more than a handgun and a metal frisbee and one other non-powered friend who doesn’t even have a helmet? You can’t tell me that the United States government doesn’t know how to arm its soldiers when they want something to be taken care of? There are cops that are more armed than John and Lemar! Where are the gunships? Where are the back up soldiers? The rocket launchers? Stun grenades? The government is hardly lacking in equipment when they want to take out “terrorists and insurgents” but their Captain America is running around with very little field support at all?
It’s not as if they don’t know what the battlefield is like after everything that’s happened since the aliens invaded New York. But they decided to send two regular human dudes into a field that they would very likely get out-classed in and didn’t even bother to equip them and support them properly? This coming from the same government that experimented with super soldier serum for decades because they didn’t want to fall behind on the curve? You’re telling me that if they wanted John to succeed as Captain America, they wouldn’t have shot him up with their own version of super soldier serum before sending him out there to fight? Wouldn’t that make far more sense?
Unless they WANTED John to fail, that John served a more useful purpose to them dead than alive.
I would honestly not be surprised if somewhere in a future MCU story, we discover that the government did indeed sent John and Lemar out there like lambs to the slaughter, after all, we’ve already seen in the comics that the government is not above using John, whether that’s faking his death or messing with his memories to control him.
government: new cap who’s human and with no super strength only needs a handgun and a metal frisbee and a best friend, no worries at all, it’ll be totally fine
narrator: it was not fine