On Wednesday, Marvel broke the internet, and with it, the hearts of millions of comic book fans the world over. Stan Lee himself even weighed in on the news. Steve Rogers, that noble bastion of "truth, justice, and the American way," revealed that he's secretly been a terrorist since he was a small child. That's right, in Steve Rogers #1, we learned that the "Star-Spangled Man With a Plan" was secretly working with the very organization he was tasked with destroying. How did we learn this? Well, on the final page of the issue, we see Captain Rogers standing next to a bound and gagged Doctor Erik Selvig and uttering two words we all fervently hoped would never cross his lips: "Hail Hydra."
But what does this abrupt turn of character mean for #CaptainAmerica? As my brother pointed out upon hearing of Cap's new allegiance, "Well, considering how much of their infrastructure he's single-handedly destroyed, he has to be the worst Hydra agent ever." I mean think about it: For a #Hydra agent, he's doing a pretty good job of wrecking every major Hydra plan, as well as bumping off or imprisoning some of its top leaders. No matter how we word it, it all sounds BAD for Steve's Hydra track record. But let's take a look at some of the major instances from the #MCU where Steve was literally the worst at his one job.
First up, those 200+ times he fake KO'd Hitler (and the time he ACTUALLY KO'd Hitler)
Yes, we all know Steve wasn't REALLY punching Hitler in this context, but still, it's the principle. I mean, have some decency, Steve. Even if you're a terrorist, you can't just go around slugging your bosses' boss all willy-nilly. And then, to add insult to injury, there was that time that he actually KO'd the REAL Hitler.
Now, I'm no rocket scientist, but something tells me that clobbering "der Führer" isn't exactly exemplary Nazi behavior. Oh, but Steve's Hydra-wrecking antics don't end there. Not by a long shot. Next up?
Captain America single-handedly lost WWII for Hydra
Remember who was the last person to see Red Skull alive? That's right — Steve Rogers. And during WWII, who was the very ugly public face of Hydra? Red Skull. And when Red Skull disappears after a battle with Cap, let's just say it's not improving his performance rating with the higher-ups at Hydra. I'm sure Steve had fun explaining THAT encounter. "What do you mean you 'accidentally killed' Red Skull?!" But wait! Cap's Hydra career went downhill from there!
That time he forced Hydra out of hiding and un-brainwashed the Winter Soldier
Yeah, so the whole "S.H.I.E.L.D.-has-been-a-Hydra-cover-for-70-years-and-nobody-noticed-until-you-shouted-it-over-all-the-S.H.I.E.L.D.-comm-channels" fiasco? That one's totally on Steve.
And don't think Hydra forgot about him breaking their brainwashing of the Winter Soldier either. I imagine he and Zemo had a talk about that and Cap probably didn't like the outcome of the conversation. But, perhaps the biggest blight on Steve's Hydra service record?
He wiped out or imprisoned at least five major Hydra leaders
Let's see here: Red Skull died back in 1941 and Steve was the last to see him alive. Zola "died" of a terminal illness and then died again due to an explosion specifically targeting, you guessed it, Steve Rogers. Alexander Pierce wasn't directly killed by Steve, but was killed because Steve blew the whistle on the HYDRA moles within S.H.I.E.L.D., blowing Pierce's cover in doing so. Strucker was originally only captured by Steve Rogers, though later killed by Ultron. And Zemo is incarcerated following the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War. Things really aren't looking so hot for Steve's promotion chances at Hydra.
Of course, we can't forget that this isn't the first time that Marvel has teased us with a huge reveal. Remember when they did it with Spider-Man?