In the best scene in 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) asks Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci) why Erskine chose him — a skinny, small, sickly kid who desperately wants to serve his country in World War II — to become a super-soldier through Erskine’s serum.
“The serum amplifies everything that is inside — so good becomes great, bad becomes worse,” Erskine explains. “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.”
It’s a straightforward calculation — only a truly good person would not be corrupted by superpowers. It’s also, in hindsight, a kind of thesis statement for the Marvel Cinematic