How Did I Never See These Perfect Captain America PSAs From Spider-Man: Homecoming?
Chris Evans makes a delightful Spider-Man: Homecoming cameo in the form of the sort of wholesome public service announcement you’d watch in high school gym class. But I’d somehow missed the extended cut of these until now.
In Homecoming, Peter Parker and his peers watch an old-fashioned Cap PSA in school, to which Hannibal Buress’ Coach Wilson remarks, “I’m pretty sure that guy’s a war criminal now,” in reference to the events of Captain America: Civil War. In searching for other Cap-related content on YouTube—like you do—I came across these additional Marvel-made PSAs that were included as a bonus with the home release of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
“Rappin with Cap” is a total treat, the most delicious sort of Easter Egg. Here, Evans’ Steve Rogers, in full star-spangled suited glory, guides impressionable youth through a series of topics: “Food for Thought, Brain Power, and Your Changing Body,” among others. Evans delivers these bits in straight-man style but with his tongue lodged firmly in cheek. You can see him trying not to grin sometimes beneath the mask.
Best of all, the advice is useful! Illegal fireworks can be scary and everyone should know how to stop, drop, and roll.
Take it from Cap, kids, as you learn about the importance of having a hot lunch, fire safety … and math. Math?
Personally, I prefer his enthusiastic support of reading.
But the “Your Changing Body” segment may be the best. “So your body’s changing,” says Steve Rogers. “Believe me, I know how that feels.” Then, “Hi, I’m Captain America. If you’re watching this video, your parents have elected for you not to be present in the health class for a discussion of human reproduction.” Cap quickly blinks out of that one.
I love every single announcement here, and I’m glad I came across them now. This feels like a happy balm post-Infinity War. Chris Evans doesn’t get to play comedy as Captain America very often, and this is an excellent reminder that he can still do so as the star-spangled man with a plan. The PSAs are fitting with the generally lighter tone of Spider-Man: Homecoming, and honestly, if these had been around in high school, I don’t think I would’ve minded missing class to learn from Cap.
If you want another look at Evans getting to do a brief comedic Cap turn, scroll to the end of this scene from Thor: The Dark World when Loki turns into Steve (hence, Chris Evans, playing Loki playing Cap) and mocks the Captain’s confidence and the tightness of his suit.
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