It's not really clear just how much Steve Rogers earns from being an Avenger (a wage that's likely to be considerably lower after Civil War), but now it's been revealed that he should be in line for a bumper pay day.
A theory on Reddit started gaining some traction earlier this month, with an attempt to calculate just how much back pay Steve would be owed for his decades of service.
Taking into account that he was frozen in 1945, and thawed out in 2011, that amounts to 66 years he was still technically serving the military, and analysing various historial pay grades the poster calculated he'd be owed just over $3m.
Now, quite remarkably, the actual army have issued a response to the theory. Spokesperson Wayne Hall said in a statement (via Tribunist):
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."
Hall then went on to acknowledge that while some of the facts presented in the theory were correct, the pay grade was monthly rather than quarterly, and that it didn't consider "any potential promotions that may have been bestowed upon Rogers while he was listed in a Missing status.
And there you have it, the plot for the next Captain America movie, as an outraged Steve Rogers goes on a mission to get the money owed to him.
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