Captain America: Civil War is blazing a trail in the box office right now, eliciting almost the polar opposite response to Warner Bros.’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – it’s beloved by critics but has its audience well and truly divided.
The big question, obviously, is how much money does the US Army owe Steve Rogers?
A fan theory on Reddit that is gaining traction suggests that, as he was frozen in ice for 66 years, the US Army actually owes Steve Rogers a considerable amount of back-pay. In fact the Redditor did the math and determined that the very fictional Captain Rogers would owed somewhere in the region of $3.1 million, based on a pay of $300 a quarter.
It’s a fun theory, a delightful sort of thing to contemplate, but the discussion gained so much momentum that the US Army actually had spokesman Wayne Hall release a statement on the matter. From Business Insider:
If Capt. Steve Rogers (aka Captain America) were not a fictional character and the circumstances surrounding his disappearance and recovery actually real, he may actually be entitled to receive back pay…However, a wide variety of variables would have to be taken into consideration to actually calculate the true amount of back pay to which he would be entitled to receive; given that he is a fictional character we cannot truly capture all of those variables accurately.
According to Hall, a Captain’s pay in 1945 was $313.50 per month, rather than just $300 a quarter, and suggested that Rogers would also be entitled to compensation due to promotion opportunities missed thanks to his being frozen.
The guys at the Nerdist crunched the numbers and, after inflation, they reckon Cap’ is actually owed closer to $4.7 million dollars. That’s quite a lot of scratch. And to think, back in last year’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, he said he couldn’t afford to continue living in Brooklyn. That’s… hm, that might actually be true, thinking about it.
(Top Image via Reddit)