Sure, Sam Wilson might still have the shield, but the “real” Captain America is officially back in action today with the launch of Marvel Comics’ Captain America: Steve Rogers. But this is not the flag-waving adventure you might have expected.
Big ol’ spoilers ahead for the first issue of Captain America: Steve Rogers!
After having his youth and power restored as part of the Pleasant Hill crossover, Steve Rogers is set to hit the road and start taking on bad guys once again. At least, that’s what everyone thought. But the debut issue of Steve’s new ‘book brings a shocking reveal: He’s a HYDRA double agent, and apparently has been for a very long time. Yeah, just take a minute and let that sink in. Cap, himself, has been working for the Red Skull's evil organization. He even gets to drop the trademark phrase: “Hail HYDRA.”
While chatting with Entertainment Weekly, writer Nick Spencer said fresh off the big reveal, Issue 2 will turn back the block and attempt to fill in some of the backstory that led to this twist — but don’t expect them to walk it back. Spencer insists this is not a “clone, not an imposter, not mind control, not someone else acting through Steve.” This is Captain America, working for HYDRA.
Here’s an excerpt from his comments about how this story took shape:
“Rick Remender, who was the previous writer on Captain America, had been building towards this story of Hydra having infiltrated various institutions of government and various super teams. I thought that sounded like too big of a story. I drilled it down and thought, what if there’s just one very valuable Hydra plant? What if they’re looking for 100 people, but there’s just one? So I started asking, who’s the worst person it could possibly be? It was really obvious straight away that there’s nobody who could do more damage and nobody that could be a more valuable Hydra plant than Steve Rogers. That was really the genesis. It sprang pretty organically from story ideas that were already on the table.”
Not surprisingly, some fans aren’t too psyched about the twist, and that backlash has started to spawn the #SayNoToHydra hashtag. Which, yeah, makes sense. What do you think of the twist? Do you plan on adding this series to your pull list?