- Now. Look around you. Kind of amazing, isn't it? How we usually see the differences between us...separated by nationality, by color, by religion...and yet here we are all connected. Steve Rogers. That skinny blond-haired kid who grew up on the streets of New York...showed us that the ideals of the America dream -- the Great Melting Pot that can bring out the best of us and bind us all together -- actually WORKS!
Appearing in "Acceptance"
- Iron Man (Tony Stark)
- Falcon (Sam Wilson) (Main story and flashback)
- Captain America (Steve Rogers) (Only in flashback)
- Mighty Avengers
- Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner (Main story and flashback)
- New Avengers
- Exiles (Only in flashback)
- Baron Zemo (Heinrich Zemo) (Only in flashback)
- Red Skull (Johann Schmidt) (Only in flashback)
- Rick Jones
- Fantastic Four
- Young Avengers
- Howling Commandos (Main story and flashback)
- Edwin Jarvis (Skrull) (Impersonates Edwin Jarvis)
- She-Hulk (Jen Walters) (Cameo)
- Justice (Vance Astrovik) (Cameo)
- Sharon Carter
- Various Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Redwing (Only in flashback)
- Invaders (Only in flashback)
- All-Winners Squad (Only in flashback)
- V-Battalion (Only in flashback)
- Avengers (Only in flashback)
- Washington, D.C.
- New York State
- Arctic (Main story and flashback)
- Exile Island (Only in flashback)
- Germany (Only in flashback)
- Extremis Armor
- Captain America's Shield (Only in flashback)
- Cloak of Levitation
- Eye of Agamotto
- Spider-Man's Black Suit
- Spider-Man's Web-Shooters
- Hawkeye's Bow & Hawkeye's Arrows (Only in flashback)
- Patriot's Uniform
- Iron Man Armor Model 2 (Only in flashback)
- Mjolnir (Only in flashback)
Synopsis for "Acceptance"
At Arlington National Cemetery, Captain America is given a funeral with full military honors (in a ceremony usually reserved for the president), and many thousands are in attendance at the live ceremony, with millions upon millions watching on TV. Among the audience and speakers are Tony Stark, Sam Wilson, Hank Pym, Janet van Dyne, Ben Grimm, and a number of other heroes both old and modern, as well as their loved ones and the people Cap inspired to be great. Tony is given the first opportunity to speak, but a wave of emotion renders him incapable of speaking anything besides "It wasn't supposed to be this way...". Sam then gets up and takes over, starting with a history of the names Cap was once called by, and pointing out that despite that, it was always Steve Rogers who really mattered. He speaks of how soldiers and heroes of yesteryear were inspired to be what they are simply by watching Cap in action. He asks them to stand up, and recounts the events that froze Cap and helped him survive to the modern day. He mentions—with emphasis on why he couldn't be in attendance—how Namor was involved in bringing him back. Then he asks all those inspired by Cap's return to stand up as well, including heroes and those who supported the heroes. He references the New Avengers (not by name), who wanted to be there, but couldn't. At Dr. Strange's house, they are watching the funeral and discussing why they didn't go; Spider-Man says it would have been worth the risk. Sam concludes by saying that with everyone in attendance proving they were inspired by Cap—since by this point literally everyone is standing—it shouldn't be a sad day, but one of celebration of all the things Steve Rogers would have wanted. Three days later, in the arctic, Iron Man, Wasp and Yellowjacket land in a S.H.I.E.L.D. ship with Rogers' casket. Tony mentions that the body in Arlington isn't really Cap's, but a decoy to please the public. The real body is here, and it will rest in the Arctic forever, the rationale being that he was preserved in peace here for decades until he could be revived, and so it was the best place for him to rest forever. After Tony says a heartfelt good-bye, Namor shows up, revealing that he too is touched by the death, and that as long as he rules the oceans, Steve Rogers will rest in peace. Janet then asks whether everyone must now accept that the old era is finally over and a new one is beginning. The casket sinks slowly into nothingness without an answer.
- The fate of Captain America's Shield is revealed in Captain America Volume 5 #27.
- Though Captain America's corpse is never seen, it's assumed that it's within the coffin at the end.
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