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Referring to the scene in Captain America: The Winter Soldier where 'Cap and company infiltrate that S.H.I.E.L.D. ship which had been taken over by terrorists. There was a fight towards the end of that scene (before 'Cap links up with Widow as she's downloading files) where 'Cap fights a terrorist.

This particular terrorist "gave as good as he got" against 'Cap for far longer than he should have been able to do, provided he was simply a "normal man" and not a superhero. He actually made it a competitive fight for a bit before 'Cap prevailed, even knocking 'Cap down once or twice if memory serves.

I want to know whether this terrorist was some "special" terrorist (i.e. had he been altered, given some kind of serum, was he "turbo-charged" in any way, etc) or was he simply at the upper-scale, fighting ability-wise, of a normal guy?

If the guy was some kind of supervillian that I just don't know about, I'll accept that he was able to compete with 'Cap for a bit. If he wasn't, I think they screwed up with the script in making the guy so strong. While I think there might be circumstances where a normal guy with superior fighting skills could do well against 'Cap for a bit (for instance, surprising him or blindsiding him or whatever), this didn't appear to be one of those circumstances.

Anyone know the answer? Can someone explain?

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He's a supervillain you're not familiar with. He's Batroc the Leaper, a villain from the comic books. He's a goofy acrobatic martial artist (specifically, he uses savate) who primarily fights Captain America, and has a French accent in the comics. He is a mercenary with a deep sense of honor, which they depicted in the film, and his martial arts style and skill enabled him to stand his ground against Captain America longer than most.

This io9 user post provides a lot of comics background on the events of the film.

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The guy was just an incredible athlete. He was played by Georges St. Pierre, a real life UFC champion, so basically, he's just absolutely amazing at martial arts and close to peak physical condition. Remember, as incredible as Cap is, he's technically not super-human. He's as strong and as fast as a human can possibly be, not above.

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While I've seen it stated that he's not super-human before, I'm still wondering how he was still alive after being frozen for 70 years ... –  Paulster2 Apr 6 at 1:45
@Paulster2 you forgot to mention Captain's jump scene where he doesn't even used parachute. Which shows superhuman strength. –  Ankit Sharma Apr 8 at 9:27
@AnkitSharma ... you're right, but the post above was before I saw the movie. Now I know :-) –  Paulster2 Apr 12 at 19:03

Cap was injected with a serum which enhances a human body strength....so particularly he has an enhanced muscle power which makes him stronger than an usual human being. another fact is, caps metabolic rate is also enhanced which makes his ageing at slower rates than normal human being. Now if u freeze something that stops all processes going in that alive body. Now if cap was frozen for 70 years, his body metavolsim would have stopped since all metabolic activities were frozen. So when he was found and brought back to city, he was alive just because of his enhanced power....

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Welcome to Movies & TV. Your answer doesn't seem to adress the actual question so much (or you might want to clarify in which way it does). –  Napoleon Wilson Apr 26 at 18:48

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