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Appearing in "Executive Action"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #450.

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Synopsis for "Executive Action"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #450.

Sharon Carter has been reluctantly staying with Steve Rogers at his Brooklyn Heights apartment as she had nowhere else to go, but when government agents burst in, she makes a break for it, regretting her decision to stay in one place too long. However, it turns out the agents weren't there for her, but for Steve, who's under arrest on treason charges. They have no idea the man they're arresting is Captain America until they find his costume among his belongings.

Cap is brought to the Oval Office to answer directly to the President for breaking into a government facility alongside the Red Skull during the Kubekult affair. On top of that, Machinesmith had recently turned up in the European province of Moldavia causing an international incident with a top-secret super-weapon that evidence suggests Captain America to be the source of the leak of its specifications. Cap can't prove that the Red Skull and his cohorts were setting him up, so he has no choice but to accept the President's verdict that he be stripped of his shield, costume, and citizenship.

Steve is put on a plane to London. When he arrives, he's surprised by the appearance of Sharon, who had tailed him there and is offering to help him in spite of her earlier attitude. Steve declares that he's going to hunt down Machinesmith to clear his name, and Sharon agrees to help.

Appearing in "Plan "A""

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #451.

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  • F-15 Plane (Only appearance)[1] (Destruction)

Synopsis for "Plan "A""

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #451.

In London, Sharon Carter provides a sullen Steve Rogers with a new non-branded costume, an energy shield, and a cover identity so that they can begin their mission to Moldavia. Later, on a train through the European countryside, they compare notes and figure out that Machinesmith must have gained the secret of the Argus Cannon by electronically tapping into Steve's unconscious mind while his body was recovering at the Red Skull's base. Their trip is interrupted by an attack from Machinesmith's cyborg operatives. After a skirmish on top of the train, Steve and Sharon shake them by leaping off near an American Air Force base, where after more regrettable fighting through American soldiers, they manage to steal a jet to get them the rest of the way to Moldavia. What Sharon doesn't realize until it's too late is that Steve's plan to find the Argus Cannon involves flying directly into its range until it shoots them out of the sky.

Appearing in "Plan "B""

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #452.

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  • Europe
  • United States of America (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
    • Maryland (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
      • Camp David (First appearance) (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
    • Mt. Hood (First appearance) (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
    • Washington, D.C. (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)

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Synopsis for "Plan "B""

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #452.

Steve and Sharon eject from their jet just before it's destroyed and continue their journey on foot through the Moldavian countryside to find the Argus cannon. Along the way, Sharon continues to grapple with her lingering feelings for her former partner in spite of her doubts that it was ever what she thought it was. When they find the cannon, Sharon holds off enough of the guards while Steve rushes the device to strike its weak point, causing it to explode. They don't get a chance to celebrate the accomplishment before they're knocked out, captured, and taken to Machinesmith. Smith gloats to his prisoners that he had stolen plenty more secrets from Rogers' brain, conveniently encoding it all to a special coin, and demonstrates by remotely hacking the SHIELD Helicarrier so it begins to fall from the sky. Besides that, even with the Argus destroyed, it had already accomplished its purpose of forcing the U.S. to meet with Moldavian diplomats for peace talks, and hidden among the Moldavian envoy arriving at Camp David to meet the President is one of Machinesmith's robot bodies armed for destruction.

Appearing in "Executive Action"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #453.

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Synopsis for "Executive Action"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #453.

Machinesmith's consciousness abandons Steve Rogers and Sharon Carter at his base so he can focus on his form infiltrating the Moldavian delegation meeting the U.S. President. Steve counts on Sharon to hack Smith's system to restore control to the SHIELD Helicarrier locked on a crash course while he escapes the compound and makes his way to the neighboring Latveria to bargain with Doctor Doom for help. Rogers makes the case that the war Machinesmith is about to start will destabilize the region enough to threaten Doom's territory as well, and the play pays off. Doom provides Steve with an imitation Captain America costume and shield and has him quickly transported to Camp David just in time to interrupt Machinesmith's attack.

Machinesmith reveals his plan to gain access to the nuclear football and steal the launch codes from the President's brain. Smith demonstrating his mind-reading ability makes the President realize that Cap wasn't a traitor after all just as the exiled hero makes his entrance to take out Machinesmith and all his robots. In a last effort gamble, Smith transfers his consciousness to the football itself to enter the codes directly, but Cap notices in time and throws the device into an explosive fuel tank to destroy it. Afterwards, the President brings Rogers back to his office to apologize and reinstate him with the title and equipment of Captain America.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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