ByJames Valentine, writer at Creators.co
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Hate it or love it, Marvel's Civil War II event has spread throughout the majority of Marvel's on-going comic books. Drafting heroes from all corners of the Marvel Universe to rally with either Iron Man or Captain Marvel, the two teams fight over what to do about the new and powerful Inhuman, Ulysses, who appears to be able to see the future.

However, despite the recent revelation that Captain America is actually an undercover agent of Hydra, Ol Cap has mostly been regulated to the sidelines; standing with Iron Man (who does not want others to act on Ulysses's premonitions), but acting more as the voice of reason between Tony Stark and Carol Danvers. The Inhuman Ulysses's ability to see the future serves as a direct threat to Cap, by exposing his allegiances and his grand scheme, so you would not be wrong in thinking that Rogers has a lot to lose in this superhero smash fest.

Fortunately (for Cap at least), in the latest issue of Captain America (issue 5 for those who are not counting), it looks as though Rogers has been a pretty busy boy as of late.

Cap Has Hydra Troops Ready To Strike At Any Moment

Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics

In order to bring the other heroes up to speed in regards to Ulysses and what he can do, a huge meeting was held with the majority of superhero heavy hitters present. Ultimately, I'll leave it up to you to decide whether attacking superheroes when they are all in one convenient location is the dumbest or smartest plan ever.

Nonetheless, under the tutelage of the Red Skull, a Hydra strike team was mobilized and awaiting the 'all clear' from Rogers to attack. Instead, after the revelation of Ulysses, Rogers orders his troops to stand down. But keep in mind that Cap is playing the long game here too: He is loyal to Hydra but not to the Red Skull, and as such seeks to usurp his old arch nemesis and current boss, in order to create his own (kind of nobler) Hydra force.

He Facilitated The Murder Of Bruce Banner

The seeds of doubt are sown / Marvel Comics
The seeds of doubt are sown / Marvel Comics

At first, Cap opts for the easiest route to solving his problems and attempts to kill Ulysses in his sleep. Instead, he ends up being the unseen party to bear witness to Iron Man and the Inhuman Queen, as the two start a fight over Ulysses. After seeing this, Rogers adopts a new plan to take advantage of the already divisive superhero community and capitalize on Ulysses's powers. Since Ulysses's abilities mainly focus on big threats, Cap attempts to create a potential one in the form of the apparently gamma-cured Bruce Banner, in order to trigger Ulysses.

A Bruce Banner in hiding receives an anonymous package from Captain America / Marvel Comics
A Bruce Banner in hiding receives an anonymous package from Captain America / Marvel Comics

Cap's plan works in the best possible way when the superheroes rally together to confront Banner, because his abusing gamma radiation again is risking another Hulk outbreak. All are unaware of Cap's involvement, as he anonymously sent Banner a USB drive and a note claiming to have the data necessary for a breakthrough in the cure to gamma irradiation. Even though Banner has already been "cured," something (off-panel) on the hard drive spurs Banner to once again dabble in gamma radiation. Something which ultimately leads to his death at the hands of Hawkeye, serving as the breaking point in the Civil War.

Unfortunately we don't always want a Hulk outbreak!

Rogers Learns That Ulysses's Premonitions Can Be Incorrect

Captain America and Doctor Selvig / Marvel Comics
Captain America and Doctor Selvig / Marvel Comics

The large crux of the Civil War itself is about the conflicting ideologies of team Iron and team Marvel. Whereas Danvers wants to use Ulysses's premonitions to prevent crimes before they happen, Stark is not entirely sold in regards to the validity of these premonitions and is trying to actively disprove them. Early on in the series, a premonition about a civilian, Alison, posing as a dangerous Hydra agent causes Danvers to incarcerate Alison against Stark's will and without decisive evidence.

Team Marvel arrests Alison / Marvel Comics
Team Marvel arrests Alison / Marvel Comics

It now appears as though Stark was on to something as Alison, according to the Red Skull, is not a Hydra agent of any sort. While it could still be all a ruse, having the knowledge that Ulysses can be wrong can only serve to make Rogers even more dangerous in the long run; giving him enough footing to play from multiple angles or even the ability to give himself an alibi, should he be exposed.

On the other hand, it does little to lessen the blow of Ulysses's latest premonition about Captain America himself.

Time Is Running Out For Captain America To Take Action

Ulysses's latest premonition / Marvel Comics
Ulysses's latest premonition / Marvel Comics

In the midst of the fighting, another premonition is triggered. In it, a fallen Cap lies in the grasp of his would-be murderer, Miles Morales (Spider-Man). Even armed with the knowledge that nothing may come of this, Steve Rogers is going to be feeling the pressure to act, and to act fast. With so much to lose, Rogers is in a dangerous position and it is only a matter of time before drastic measures are taken to protect Hydra.

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