- Spoilers (6)
Peggy Carter: Wait!
[she kisses Steve]
Peggy Carter: Go get him.
[surprised by the kiss, Steve looks at Colonel Phillips]
Col. Chester Phillips: I'm not kissing you.
Abraham Erskine: Do you want to kill Nazis?
Steve Rogers: Is this a test?
Abraham Erskine: Yes.
Steve Rogers: I don't want to kill anyone. I don't like bullies; I don't care where they're from.
Steve Rogers: [showing his shield to Peggy] What do you think?
[Peggy unloads her gun into the shield]
Peggy Carter: [sweetly] Yes. I think it works.
[Steve finds Bucky strapped to a table in one of Schmidt's testing labs and quickly releases him from it]
Steve Rogers: It's me. It's Steve.
James 'Bucky' Barnes: [groggily] Steve?
Steve Rogers: Come on.
James 'Bucky' Barnes: Steve.
Steve Rogers: I thought you were dead.
James 'Bucky' Barnes: [aware of Steve's new size] I thought you were smaller.
Steve Rogers: Can I ask a question?
Abraham Erskine: Just one?
Steve Rogers: Why me?
Abraham Erskine: I suppose that's the only question that matters.
Abraham Erskine: [Displaying a wine bottle] This is from Augsburg, my city. So many people forget that the first country the Nazis invaded was their own. You know, after the last war, they... My people struggled. They... they felt weak... they felt small. Then Hitler comes along with the marching, and the big show, and the flags, and the, and the... and he... he hears of me, and my work, and he finds me, and he says "You." He says "You will make us strong." Well, I am not interested. So he sends the head of Hydra, his research division, a brilliant scientist by the name of Johann Schmidt. Now Schmidt is a member of the inner circle and he is ambitious. He and Hitler share a passion for occult power and Teutonic myth. Hitler uses his fantasies to inspire his followers, but for Schmidt, it is not fantasy. For him, it is real. He has become convinced that there is a great power hidden in the earth, left here by the gods, waiting to be seized by a superior man. So when he hears about my formula and what it can do, he cannot resist. Schmidt must become that superior man.
Steve Rogers: Did it make him stronger?
Abraham Erskine: Yeah, but... there were other... effects. The serum was not ready. But more important, the man. The serum amplifies everything that is inside, so good becomes great; bad becomes worse. This is why you were chosen. Because the strong man who has known power all his life, may lose respect for that power, but a weak man knows the value of strength, and knows... compassion.
Steve Rogers: Thanks. I think.
Abraham Erskine: [Gesturing toward the wine] Get it, get it. Whatever happens tomorrow, you must promise me one thing. That you will stay who you are, not a perfect soldier, but a good man.
Steve Rogers: There's not gonna be a safe landing, but I can try and force it down.
Peggy Carter: I'll-I'll get Howard on the line. He'll know what to do.
Steve Rogers: There's not enough time. This thing's moving too fast and it's heading for New York. I gotta put her in the water.
Peggy Carter: Please don't do this. W-we have time. We can work it out.
Steve Rogers: Right now I'm in the middle of nowhere. If I wait any longer a lot of people are gonna die. Peggy, this is my choice.
Steve Rogers: [turns the plane toward earth] Peggy...
Peggy Carter: I'm here.
Steve Rogers: I'm gonna need a rain check on that dance.
Peggy Carter: All right. A week next Saturday at The Stork Club.
Steve Rogers: You've got it.
Peggy Carter: Eight o'clock on the dot. Don't you dare be late. Understood?
Steve Rogers: You know, I still don't know how to dance.
Peggy Carter: I'll show you how. Just be there.
Steve Rogers: We'll have the band play something slow.
[the ship Cap is piloting is about to crash onto an icy land in the Arctic]
Steve Rogers: I'd hate to step on your...
[the radio goes to static]
Peggy Carter: Steve? Steve?
[Colonel Phillips is nearby as a tear drops down Peggy's face]
Peggy Carter: Steve?
[Colonel Phillips walks off. Peggy is alone, silently sobbing]
Johann Schmidt: No matter what lies Erskine told you, you see, I was his greatest success!
[Schmidt removes his face mask and reveals his face as the Red Skull to Steve and Bucky]
James 'Bucky' Barnes: [to Steve] You don't have one of those, do you?
[talking about Steve taking the Super-Soldier formula]
James 'Bucky' Barnes: Did it hurt?
Steve Rogers: A little.
James 'Bucky' Barnes: Is this permanent?
Steve Rogers: So far.
Timothy 'Dum Dum' Dugan: Wait. You know what you're doing?
Steve Rogers: Yeah. I knocked out Adolf Hitler over 200 times.
Red Skull: Arrogance may not be a uniquely American trait, but I must say, you do it better than anyone. But there are limits to what even you can do, Captain, or did Erskine tell you otherwise?
Steve Rogers: He told me you were insane.
Red Skull: Ah. He resented my genius and tried to deny me what was rightfully mine, but he gave you everything. So, what made you so special?
Steve Rogers: Nothing. I'm just a kid from Brooklyn.
James 'Bucky' Barnes: [discovering Steve is taller] What happened to you?
Steve Rogers: I joined the Army.
James 'Bucky' Barnes: [looking down a long and steep zip line they'll soon be traveling] Remember when I made you ride the Cyclone on Coney Island?
Steve Rogers: Yeah, and I threw up?
James 'Bucky' Barnes: This isn't payback, is it?
Steve Rogers: [grinning] Now why would I do that?
Howard Stark: The moment you think you know what's going on in a woman's head is the moment your goose is well and truly cooked .
Howard Stark: Seems harmless enough. Hard to see what all the fuss is about.
[gets thrown back]
Howard Stark: Write that down.
[Steve Rogers finds himself in New York]
Nick Fury: At ease, soldier! Look, I'm sorry about that little show back there, but we thought it best to break it to you slowly.
Steve Rogers: Break what?
Nick Fury: You've been asleep, Cap. For almost 70 years.
[Steve is silent with shock]
Nick Fury: You gonna be okay?
Steve Rogers: Yeah. Yeah, I just... I had a date.
[Captain America goes to the edge of the dock to rescue the boy thrown in the water by the spy]
Boy at Dock: Go get him! I can swim.
Col. Chester Phillips: Sit down.
[Colonel Phillips puts down a tray of food at a table]
Dr. Arnim Zola: What is this?
Col. Chester Phillips: Steak.
Dr. Arnim Zola: What is in it?
Col. Chester Phillips: Cow.
[Steve starts yelling]
Peggy Carter: Shut it down!
Abraham Erskine: Kill the reactor, Mr. Stark! Turn it off! Kill it! Kill the reactor!
Steve Rogers: [from within the chamber] No! Don't! I can do this!
Abraham Erskine: [knocking on the capsule Steve is locked in for the procedure to change him] Steven, can you hear me?
Steve Rogers: It's probably too late to go to the bathroom, right?
Steve Rogers: I know this neighborhood. I got beat up in that alley. And that parking lot. And behind that diner.
Howard Stark: Fondue is just cheese and bread, my friend.
Steve Rogers: Dr. Erskine said that the serum wouldn't just effect my muscles, it would effect my cells. Create a protective system of regeneration and healing. Which means, um, I can't get drunk. Did you know that?
Peggy Carter: Your metabolism burns four times faster than the average person. He thought it could be one of the side effects.
Col. Chester Phillips: [looking over the men] You're not REALLY thinking about picking Rogers, are you?
Abraham Erskine: I wasn't just THINKING about it. He is a clear choice.
Col. Chester Phillips: When you brought a ninety-pound asthmatic onto my army base, I let it slide. I thought "What the hell, maybe he'd be useful to you like a gerbil." Never thought you'd pick him.
Peggy Carter: [to soldiers doing push-ups] UP!
Col. Chester Phillips: You put a needle in that kid's arm it's gonna go right through him.
Peggy Carter: [to the soldiers doing jumping jacks] Come on, girls!
Col. Chester Phillips: [looking at Steve's best effort but belabored execution] Look at that. He's makin' me cry.
Abraham Erskine: I am looking for qualities beyond the physical.
Col. Chester Phillips: Do you know how long it took to set up this project? Of all the groveling I had to do in front of Senator What's-his-name's committee?
Abraham Erskine: Yes, I'm well aware of your efforts.
Col. Chester Phillips: Then throw me a bone. Hodge passed every test we gave him. He's big, he's fast, he obeys orders - he's a soldier.
Abraham Erskine: He's a bully.
Col. Chester Phillips: You don't win wars with niceness, doctor. You win wars with guts.
[the Colonel pulls the pin of a grenade and throws it among the recruits]
Col. Chester Phillips: GRENADE!
[a body is discovered in the Arctic]
SHIELD Lieutenant: Base. Get me a line to the Colonel! I don't care what time it is! This one's waited long enough.
Gabe Jones: Who are you supposed to be?
Steve Rogers: I'm... Captain America.
[Steve walks off to free the soldiers trapped below]
James Montgomery Falsworth: I beg your pardon?
4F Doctor: [looks at Steve's file which shows he has a long list of health issues] Sorry, son.
Steve Rogers: Look, just give me a chance.
4F Doctor: You'd be ineligible on your asthma alone.
Steve Rogers: Is there anything you can do?
4F Doctor: I'm doing it. I'm saving your life.
Steve Rogers: You ready to follow Captain America into the jaws of death?
James 'Bucky' Barnes: Hell, no! The little guy from Brooklyn who was too dumb not to run away from a fight. I'm following him.
James 'Bucky' Barnes: But you're keeping the outfit, right?
Steve Rogers: You know what? It's kinda grown on me.
HYDRA Soldier: Cut off one head, two more shall...
Col. Chester Phillips: [blows him away] Let's go find two more!
Timothy 'Dum Dum' Dugan: So, let's get this straight.
Gabe Jones: We barely got out of there alive, and you want us to go back?
Steve Rogers: Pretty much.
James Montgomery Falsworth: Sounds rather fun, actually.
Jim Morita: [burps] I'm in.
[Jacques and Gabe converse briefly in French]
Gabe Jones: [referring to himself and Jacques] We're in.
Timothy 'Dum Dum' Dugan: Hell, I'll always fight. But you gotta do one thing for me.
Steve Rogers: What's that?
Timothy 'Dum Dum' Dugan: [drinks the rest of his beer in one go] Open a tab.
[they laugh as Steve gets up to go to the bar]
Timothy 'Dum Dum' Dugan: Well, that was easy.
Peggy Carter: Gentlemen, I'm Agent Carter. I supervise all operations of this division.
Gilmore Hodge: What's with the accent, Queen Victoria? Thought I was signing up for the U.S. Army.
Peggy Carter: What's your name, soldier?
Gilmore Hodge: Gilmore Hodge, your Majesty.
Peggy Carter: Step forward, Hodge.
[Hodge steps forward]
Peggy Carter: Put your right foot forward.
Gilmore Hodge: Are we dancing? Cause I got a few moves I know you'll like.
[Peggy punches him in the face]
Red Skull: You could have the power of the gods! Yet you wear a flag on your chest and think you fight a battle of nations! I have seen the future, Captain! There are no flags!
Captain America: Not my future!
Steve Rogers: Sir, if you're going after Schmidt, I want in
Col. Chester Phillips: You're an experiment. You're going to Alamogordo.
Steve Rogers: The serum worked.
Col. Chester Phillips: I asked for an army and all I got was you. You are not enough.
Timothy 'Dum Dum' Dugan: [looks at Jim Morita while asking Captain America] What, are we taking everybody?
Jim Morita: I'm from Fresno, Ace.
Peggy Carter: Tell me, did you truly like your friend? Did you respect him?
Steve Rogers: [surprised] Yes!
Peggy Carter: Well then, stop blaming yourself! Give your friend the respect of making his own decisions!
Steve Rogers: [after one of Steve's "Captain America" shows] What are you doing here?
Peggy Carter: Officially I'm not here at all. That was quite a performance.
Steve Rogers: Yeah, uh... I had to improvise a little bit. The crowds I'm used to are usually more, uh...
[Struggles to find a word]
Peggy Carter: I understand you're America's new hope.
Steve Rogers: Bond sales take a ten percent bump in every state I visit.
Peggy Carter: Is that Senator Brandt I hear?
Steve Rogers: At least he's got me doing this. Phillips would have had me stuck in the lab.
Peggy Carter: And these are your only two options? A lab rat or a dancing monkey? You were meant for more than this, you know?
[Steve looks like he's about to say something, then closes his mouth]
Peggy Carter: What?
Steve Rogers: You know for the longest time I dreamed about coming overseas and being on the front lines. Serving my country. I finally get everything I wanted, and I'm wearing tights.
Col. Chester Phillips: If you have something to say, right now's a perfect time to keep it to yourself.
Steve Rogers: [after Howard and Peggy steal a plane to get Steve across the front lines] You know, you two are going to be in a lot of trouble when you land.
Peggy Carter: And you won't?
Steve Rogers: Where I'm goin', if anybody yells at me I can just shoot 'em.
Col. Chester Phillips: General Patton has said that wars are fought with weapons but are won by men.
Loud Jerk: You just don't know when to give up, do ya?
Steve Rogers: I could do this all day.
Col. Chester Phillips: Our goal is to create the greatest army in history.
Steve Rogers: I should be going with you. Look, I know you don't think I can do this...
James 'Bucky' Barnes: This isn't a back alley, Steve. It's war!
Col. Chester Phillips: But every army begins with one man.
Abraham Erskine: Five tries in five different cities. I can offer you a chance.
Col. Chester Phillips: He will be the first in a new breed of super-soldier.
Steve Rogers: Why me?
Abraham Erskine: Because a weak man knows the value of strength, of the value of power.
Steve Rogers: That wasn't so bad.
Abraham Erskine: That was penicillin.
Col. Chester Phillips: We are going to win this war because we have the best men.
Abraham Erskine: Now, Mr. Stark.
[Howard Stark engages the machine]
Col. Chester Phillips: And they will, personally, escort Adolf Hitler to the gates of Hell.
[Schmidt and Zola go to the rooftop, where a one-man escape helicopter is waiting]
Dr. Arnim Zola: What about me? Where will I sit?
Red Skull: [hands the key to his car to Zola] Not a scratch, Doctor. Not a scratch.
Steve Rogers: You save me any of that schnapps?
Abraham Erskine: Not as much as I should have. Sorry.
Col. Chester Phillips: Agent Carter, coordinate with MI6. I want every allied eyeball looking for that main Hydra base.
Peggy Carter: What about us?
Col. Chester Phillips: We are gonna set a fire under Johann Schmidt's ass. What do you say, Rogers? It's your map, you think you can wipe Hydra off of it?
Steve Rogers: Yes, sir. I'll need a team.
Col. Chester Phillips: We're already putting together the best men.
Steve Rogers: With all due respect, sir, so am I.
Dr. Arnim Zola: I don't eat meat.
Col. Chester Phillips: Why not?
Dr. Arnim Zola: It disagrees with me.
Col. Chester Phillips: How about cyanide? Does that give you the rumbly tummy, too?
Steve Rogers: Who the hell are you?
Heinz Kruger: The first of many. Cut off one head...
[bites down on cyanide pill]
Heinz Kruger: ...two more shall take its place. Hail Hydra.
[Schmidt admires a wooden Norse carving]
Johann Schmidt: Yggdrasil. Tree of the world. Guardian of wisdom. And fate, also.
[discovers a wooden drawer, uncovers the Tesseract]
Johann Schmidt: And the Führer digs for trinkets in the desert.
Steve Rogers: [picking up a shield] What about this one?
Howard Stark: No, no, that's just a prototype.
Steve Rogers: What's it made of?
Howard Stark: Vibranium. It's stronger than steel and a third the weight. It's completely vibration absorbent.
Dr. Arnim Zola: Schmidt believes he walks in the footsteps of the gods.
Dr. Arnim Zola: Only the world itself will satisfy him.
Col. Chester Phillips: Did you realize that's nuts, don't you?
Dr. Arnim Zola: The insanity of the plan is of no consequence.
Col. Chester Phillips: And why is that?
Dr. Arnim Zola: Because he can do it!
Col. Chester Phillips: What's his target?
Dr. Arnim Zola: His target is everywhere.
Red Skull: You are deluded, Captain. You pretend to be a simple soldier, but in reality you are just afraid to admit that we have left humanity behind. Unlike you, I embrace it proudly. Without fear!
Peggy Carter: What do you plan to do? Walk to Austria?
Steve Rogers: If that's what it takes.
Peggy Carter: You heard the Colonel, your friend is most likely dead.
Steve Rogers: You don't know that.
Peggy Carter: Even so, he's devising a strategy to take...
Steve Rogers: By the time he's done that, it could be too late! You told me you thought I was meant for more than this. Did you mean that?
Peggy Carter: Every word.
Steve Rogers: Then you gotta let me go.
Peggy Carter: I can do more than that...
Johann Schmidt: Captain America! How exciting! I'm a great fan of your films!
Hydra Soldier: [the lone survivor of an attack] Sir, we fought to the last man...
Red Skull: Evidently not.
[blasts the soldier]
[Zola tests the Cube on a machine]
Dr. Arnim Zola: Twenty... forty... sixty... stabilizing at seventy percent.
Johann Schmidt: I have not come all this way for safety, doctor.
[switches the machine to full power]
Timothy 'Dum Dum' Dugan: [to a guard who's just knocked off his hat with a billy club] You know, Fritz, one of these days I'm gonna have a stick of my own.
Col. Chester Phillips: Johann Schmidt belongs in a bug house. He thinks he's a God and he's willing to blow half the world prove it, starting with the U.S.A.
Howard Stark: Schmidt's working with powers beyond our capabilities. He gets across the Atlantic, he will wipe out the entire eastern seaboard in an hour.
Gabe Jones: How much time we got?
Col. Chester Phillips: According to my new best friend, under twenty-four hours.
Jim Morita: Where is he now?
Col. Chester Phillips: Hydra's last base is here.
[Holds up photo]
Col. Chester Phillips: In the Alps. Five hundred feet below the surface.
Jim Morita: So what are we supposed to do? I mean, it's not like we can just knock on the front door.
Steve Rogers: Why not? That's exactly what we're gonna do.
[in the Arctic, looking for Captain America]
Howard Stark: Just keep looking.
Red Skull: YOU ARE FAILING! We are close to an offensive network that will shake the planet. And yet we are continually delayed, because you cannot outwit a simpleton with a shield!
Search Team Leader: Are you the guys from Washington?
SHIELD Tech: You get many other visitors out here?
SHIELD Lieutenant: How long have you been on site?
Search Team Leader: Since this morning. A Russian oil team called it in about eighteen hours ago.
SHIELD Lieutenant: How come nobody spotted it before?
Search Team Leader: It's really not that surprising. This landscapes changing all the time. You got any ideas what this thing is exactly?
SHIELD Lieutenant: I don't know. It's probably a weather balloon.
Search Team Leader: I don't think so. You know we don't have the equipment for a job like this.
SHIELD Tech: How long before we can start craning it out?
Search Team Leader: I don't think you quite understand. You guys are gonna need one hell of a crane!
[Move to see there's a massive frozen structure]
Tower Keeper: You cannot control the power you hold. You will burn!
Johann Schmidt: I already have.
[shoots and kills the Tower Keeper, rubs his cheekbone]
Johann Schmidt: Hitler speaks of a thousand year Reich, but he cannot feed his army for a month. His troops spill their blood across every field in Europe. But he is still no closer to achieving his goals.
Roeder: And I suppose you still aim to end this war through magic?
Johann Schmidt: Science. But I understand your confusion. Great power has always baffled primitive men. HYDRA is assembling an arsenal to destroy my enemies in one stroke. Wherever they are, regardless of how many forces they possess. All in a matter of hours.
Schneider: *Your* enemies?
Johann Schmidt: My weapons contain enough destructive power to decimate every hostile capital on Earth. Quite simply, gentlemen, I have harnessed the power of the gods.
Roeder: Thank you, Schmidt.
Johann Schmidt: For what?
Roeder: For making it clear how obviously mad you are.
Hutter: [Studying a map of Schmidt's targets] Berlin is on this map!
Johann Schmidt: So it is.
[aims cannon at the SS officers]
Hutter: You will be punished for your insolence! You will be brought before the Fuhrer himself!
[Schmidt vaporizes him and his comrades]
Johann Schmidt: [to Zola] My apologies, Doctor, but we both knew HYDRA could grow no further in Hitler's shadow. Hail HYDRA.
[Before Rogers and Barnes part ways]
James 'Bucky' Barnes: Don't do anything stupid until I come back.
Steve Rogers: How can I? You're taking all the stupid with you.
Roeder: The Führer is not accustomed to being ignored, Herr Schmidt. He funds your research because you promised him weapons.
Schneider: You serve at *his* pleasure. He gave you this facility as a reward for your... injuries.
Johann Schmidt: A reward? Call it what it is... exile! I no longer reflect his vision of Aryan perfection!
Roeder: You think this is about appearances? Your HYDRA division has failed to produce so much as a rifle in over a year, and we have learned through local intelligence you had mounted a full-scale incursion into Norway!
Schneider: The Führer feels - how does he put it? - "the Red Skull has been indulged long enough"!
Howard Stark: Agent Carter, if we're not in too much of a hurry, I thought we could stop off in Lucerne for a late night fondue.
Peggy Carter: Stark is the best civilian pilot I've ever seen. He's mad enough to brave this airspace, we're lucky to have him.
Steve Rogers: So are you two...? Do you...? Fondue?
Peggy Carter: Did you have something against running away?
Steve Rogers: You start running, they'll never let you stop. You stand up, push back. Can't say no forever, right?
Steve Rogers: Peggy, that's not what you thought it was.
Peggy Carter: I don't think anything, Captain. Not one thing. You always wanted to be a soldier and now you are. Just like all the rest.
Steve Rogers: Well, what about you and Stark? How do I know you two haven't been... fonduing?
Peggy Carter: You still don't know a bloody thing about women!
James 'Bucky' Barnes: Why are you so keen to fight? There are so many important jobs.
Steve Rogers: What am I gonna do? Collect scrap metal...
James 'Bucky' Barnes: Yes!
Steve Rogers: ...in my little red wagon.
James 'Bucky' Barnes: Why not?
Steve Rogers: I'm not gonna sit in a factory, Bucky.
James 'Bucky' Barnes: I don't...
Steve Rogers: Bucky, come on! There are men laying down their lives. I got no right to do any less than them. That's what you don't understand. This isn't about me.
James 'Bucky' Barnes: Right. Cause you got nothing to prove.
Col. Chester Phillips: Hydra is practically a cult. They basically worship Schmidt... they think he's invincible.
Steve Rogers: [James is dressed in his army uniform] You get your orders?
James 'Bucky' Barnes: The one-o-seventh. Sergeant James Barnes. Shipping out for England first thing tomorrow.
Steve Rogers: I should be going.
James 'Bucky' Barnes: Come on, man. My last night! Gotta get you cleaned up.
Steve Rogers: Why? Where are we going?
James 'Bucky' Barnes: The future.
[He hands him the newspaper he was holding. Steve opens it to see the ad for World Exposition of Tomorrow, 1943]
Peggy Carter: You have no idea how to talk to a woman, do you?
Steve Rogers: I think this is the longest conversation I've had with one. Women aren't exactly lining up to dance with a guy they might step on.
Peggy Carter: [to soldiers in training] Faster, ladies! Come on! My GRANDMOTHER has more life in her, God rest her soul. MOVE IT!
Steve Rogers: [Right before they zipline onto the moving train Dr. Zola is on] We've only got about a 10 second window. You miss that window and we're all just bugs on a windshield!
Steve Rogers: Mind the Gap!
Steve Rogers: What about the others? Are you planning a rescue mission?
Col. Chester Phillips: Yeah, it's called winning the war.
Steve Rogers: But if you know where they are, why not at least...
Col. Chester Phillips: They're thirty miles behind the lines, through some of the most heavily fortified territory in Europe. We'd lose more men than we'd save, but I don't expect you to understand that because you're a chorus girl.
Steve Rogers: I think I understand just fine.
Col. Chester Phillips: Well, then understand it somewhere else.
Senator Brandt: Geez! Somebody get THAT kid a SANDWICH.
Col. Chester Phillips: General Patton has said that wars are fought with weapons but are won by men. We are going to win this war because we have the best... men.
[the colonel's speech falters as his eyes fall sadly upon Steve. He glances over to catch Dr. Erskine's eye, which Dr. Erskine tactfully avoids]
Col. Chester Phillips: [gulping] ... and because they are gonna get better. Much better. The Strategic Scientific Reserve is an allied effort made up of the best minds in the free world. Our goal is to create the best army in history, but every army starts with one man. At the end of this week, we will choose that man. He will be the first in a new breed of super-soldier. You may personally escort Adolf Hitler to the gates of Hell.