How Fast Is Captain America? Captain America’s Speed Demystified

In 1943, Dr. Erskine developed a Super Soldier Serum that transformed a weak and asthmatic Steve Rogers into the superhero Captain America, the paragon of the human ideal. He also got abilities like immunity to any disease, illness, or poison known to humankind and superhuman strength, agility, and super speed, which allowed him to run endlessly at high speeds with illimitable endurance.

But many MCU fans have wondered about the actual speed of Captain America, So here is a guide that will reveal how fast Captain America is.

Speed of Captain America Simplified

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has never focused on how fast Captain America can run in movies. But if we consider the speed of Cap’s sprint in real-world, then here is the calculation:

In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we saw how effortlessly Cap passes by Sam Wilson several times while jogging. After finishing the jog, Sam says, “Dude, you just ran, like, 13 miles in 30 minutes.” After that, Steve says that his start was slow. Then Sam says, “you should take another lap. I assume you already took it.”

To simplify it, he jogged at the speed of 26mph. But he was running without his utmost strength and speed. When he runs with his full potential, he could easily run at the speed of around 30 to 40 mph for a longer duration, which is a lot faster than the fastest human on our planet.

Let us compare the speed of Captain America with the fastest man alive, Usain Bolt.

Captain America VS Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt is the fastest man on the Planet Earth, who created the world record by running at the maximum speed of around 27 miles per hour to complete a 100-meter race in only 9.58 seconds. But Captain America jogged at the speed of 26 miles per hour for 30 minutes continuously in the movie.

Considering his speed, Steve would theoretically take around 3.7 seconds to complete a 100-meter dash, which is about 257% faster than Bolt’s best record.

Now we have seen how fast Captain America is in movies. So let us see how Marvel Comics has depicted the super speed of Captain America.

Captain America: The Fastest Avenger in Marvel Cinematic Universe

Captain America has shown his super-speed ability in many movies. Let us see some of the instances where Cap showed how fast he is?

Captain America: The First Avenger

After being injected with the supersoldier serum, a HYDRA agent shot Dr. Erskine and fled away with the serum using a car. Captain went behind him to chase him down, and while chasing, he ran so fast that he could not stop. And then, he ran faster than the cars moving at the speed of 30 miles per hour without getting tired, finally catching the culprit.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

This movie hinted at the speed at which Steve could run. When he was jogging with Sam Wilson, he completed a few laps while Sam was unable to complete one lap, then Sam says that Cap completed 13 miles in 30 minutes, which is almost impossible for an average human or Usain Bolt to beat.

Avengers: Infinity War

When Black Order attacked Wakanda in the film, Captain America ran swiftly and went past the Wakandan army to get close to T’Challa, who was way ahead of Steve. The speed with which Steve ran is impressive because T’Challa has Black Panther powers that make him a sprinter. 

In Avengers: Infinity War, we saw how fast Steve Rogers and T’Challa ran while attacking the Black Order army.

So Who Is Faster; T’Challa or Steve Rogers?

T’Challa is faster than Steve because of his Heart-Shaped herb, which gives him the age-old powers and strength of Black Panther. But that does not mean Captain America is not fast. Captain America is the fastest Avenger, and it has been proven on numerous occasions in both movies and comics, as aforementioned.

In Avengers: Infinity War, when Thanos’ army, Black Order, attacked Wakanda, we saw how fast Black Panther and Captain America ran towards them and outran the Wakandan Army easily. Although Steve ran very fast, he was unable to outrun T’Challa, who could run at the speed of approximately 40 miles per hour.

Black Panther was leading from the front by running ahead of his army, and Cap was running through everyone to get close to T’Challa, but T’Challa, naturally, was quicker than Steve Rogers. 

Another fact is that T’Challa runs wearing a Vibranium suit of almost 4.5 pounds. But even that suit does not restrain his speed, and he could easily beat others while running. So we could conclude that T’Challa is faster than Steve Rogers.

How Fast Is Captain America In The Comics?

MCU has never shown Steve’s actual speed. In some movies, Steve was able to run as fast as 30-40 miles per hour, but his comic version was faster and sturdier than the movie version. In comics, he could run faster than 60 mph and complete one mile in just a minute.

There are a few instances in Comics where Captain showed how fast he is:

Captain America’s Fight With Namor In Underwater

Namor is the Sub-Mariner anti-hero who lives in Atlantis. In Avengers issue #286, Captain America fought Namor underwater and gave a tough fight to him for a long time until he came out to breathe fresh oxygen.

He Once Dodged A Bullet Using His Reflexes And Mighty Shield

In Captain America comic, when Red Skull tried to shoot Steve Rogers with his gun, he reacted fast enough to dodge the bullet easily with his swift reflexes and Vibranium shield.

Fast Enough To Block Missiles

In one of the comics, a villain robot used a missile to attack Henry Gyrich. The quick reflexes of Steve enabled him to dodge the missile with his shield and block it. Even the slowest missiles travel at 0.32 Mach or 250 miles per hour, and normal humans, obviously, are incapable of avoiding them. 

That is how fast Captain America is in movies and comics. We hope that we have cleared your query regarding the speed of Captain America. 

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