dear mcu fandom,
i’ve seen a lot of posts/fic talking about steve’s color blindness being cured by the serum. “imagine what it would be like to see in full color! the whole world would be different!” “it’s like dorothy entering oz~!” etc.
y’all seem to be picturing him in a world of black and white! but full monochromatic color blindness is exceedingly rare; even if someone at marvel intended the note on steve’s record to mean “he sees everything in black & white” i would have to call bullshit and say they hadn’t done their color blindness research.
there are a bunch of different types of color blindness. by far the most common and what was probably meant (and which would not alone have disqualified him from military service, i believe) is red-green color blindness. this means reds and greens look more like each other than they should.
brief explanation of this based on my personal experiences of it: you know how red and green are supposed to be complementary colors like blue-yellow and purple-orange? that means they’re supposed to “bounce off” each other, but they don’t and instead they look like trash garbage and confuse me when i’m looking at patterns or trying to find things. i know what red and green look like to me, because we train babies in color recognition (thanks mom!), so i can identify them. but they look different to me than they do to other people which mainly comes into play when they’re next to each other and I have to differentiate them or when i have to agree on colors with other people. by far the most on-point joke of the many jokes i regularly hear when i tell people about my color blindness is: “so do you hate christmas?” yes. yes i do.
but if someone injected me with super soldier serum, the sudden cure of my color blindness would probably be one of the last things i noticed. my dad, whose color deficiency is worse than mine, would be more excited because he’d probably want to buy a new wardrobe for his superhero body anyway. at last we would be able to shop without asking anyone if something matched.