It isn't every day that the U.S. military feels obliged to respond to a crazy fan theory, but when it happens, you can be sure it's probably about Captain America.
When a fan took to Reddit with a theory about Captain America's active-duty status in the U.S. military, he calculated that it would be just over $3 million that he would be owed for the 66 years he spent frozen in the ice before he was thawed out to join The Avengers.
The Army actually quibbled a bit with his math, saying that not only would Steve Rogers be a candidate for back pay, but that if he were to be awarded it, he would likely get significantly more than the poster had counted.
"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," Army spokesman Wayne Hall told The Tribunist. "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 indicated that any promotions that might have been bestowed upon Rogers would also have to be taken into account.