ByMatt Walz, writer at
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Matt Walz


Check Marvel's Facebook page right now and you'll see a deluge of anger about the shocking change to beloved character and comic icon Captain America. Writer Nick Spencer and his colleagues want us all to believe that Cap isn't quite the icon of freedom he seems (but why?). In fact, they'd all have us believe that he's actually a fascist member of the most persistently evil group in Marvel's history: HYDRA.

But despite Marvel's apparent confirmation of Cap's true evil self, evidence on their own website seems to reveal it as a smokescreen. Let's take a look.

Description Of Captain America: Steve Rogers #2

I think it's safe to say that "battling HYDRA" doesn't quite sound like "hailing HYDRA." Though it's possible that it could be a misdirect, it seems unlikely. While the answers to interview questions about what exactly is going on here have very specifically emphasized that this is Steve, it wouldn't be the first time that creators have been blatantly untruthful about characters. In fact, if he is for some reason a full-on HYDRA devotee, this description here wouldn't really be true, either.

This Interview With Nick Spencer

According to writer Nick Spencer, Steve is a peacemaker in the upcoming Civil War II storyline. Once again, this doesn't seem to mesh with his supposedly HYDRA-inspired fascist ideology. A superhero civil war would be great for the shadowy organization, and probably take down a few of their biggest enemies.

Oh, And This Cover For Captain America: Steve Rogers #5

Not exactly supportive of HYDRA. Even if they argue that he's playing the long game, 75 years is far from a believable timeline. He's earned the world's trust over and over again. He's defeated HYDRA countless times. Dozens of times he could have powered HYDRA to the top, were he in their ranks. But it never happened.

The bottom line is that if you take the EW interview with Nick Spencer and Tom Brevoort at face value, you have to accept that all the above evidence is just Marvel being evasive or outright deceptive. If you believe that, than you have to admit that Spencer and Brevoort are possibly being evasive or deceptive in the aforementioned interview.

So, fans, no need to give up yet. Steve Rogers will probably be back where you want him soon.


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