Without a doubt, ever since Captain America became a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the star-spangled superhero has become a hit among people around the world. Which is why Captain America: Steve Rogers #1—released last month—shocked the entire world with its last panel, where Steve Rogers, now having been restored to normal after having his Super Serum drained from his body, was revealed to have been a sleeper Hydra agent since childhood.
This upset an incredible amount of people, including Captain America himself, Chris Evans, who tweeted this, shortly after the reveal went viral:
Some even went as far as to send death threats to the writers, artist and even individuals who had nothing to do with the story. To narrow everything down: People didn't like the twist.
On the other hand, many of us, long-time comic book fans, knew that, like many other world-changing stories, it would all make sense at the end either because of the story's natural progression or because of a rewrite. In short, we knew Marvel wasn't turning Captain America into a 100-year-old Nazi...and we were right.
Now, for everyone out there that freaked out at the last issue's last panel, here's your reason to relax. In Captain America: Steve Rogers #2, it's revealed that what Steve Rogers remembers from his childhood are simply memories implanted by Kobik, the Cosmic Cube that took the form of a little girl. But why did she do that, you ask? Well, there's a very simple explanation: She's under the control of Red Skull, Captain America's oldest and deadliest enemy.
If you are thinking this reveal happened strangely early (during the second issue) and that its early release was influenced by the world's bitter reaction...well, guess again, because it was planned all along. During an interview with ComicBook.com, Axel Alonso, Marvel's editor-in-chief, had this to say:
"I think that they key thing was that in order to tell the story that Nick wants to tell, we needed readers to know that which our heroes don't know. Captain America, one of the most trusted superheroes in the Marvel universe, is not exactly who you think he is. He is operating with a different and sinister intent now and every interaction that we see from here on in will be shaded by that. That's a story that Nick wanted to tell, and that's a story that's going to be fascinating for the next two months and a story that's going to build to big, big things within the Marvel universe as well."
So, is Captain America really a Hydra agent? In a very technical sense, yes (for the time being), in that he's being mind-controlled to act for the benefit of the villainous organization.
But the definitive answer is that Captain America isn't—and never has been—a traitor. This is another "mind control" story that will hopefully culminate in a satisfying climax for Steve Rogers, a soldier of the people who is forced to do horrible things in the name of the very organization he's been trying to destroy for years. With that said, we can all sleep better knowing that the sentinel of liberty, someone we've come to know and love over the years because of his ideals and morals, is still the same person. How could fans have ever believed that this guy could ever really be Hydra?
Captain America: Steve Rogers #2 is in stores today.
Are you happy to know Captain America isn't a Hydra agent by choice? Let me know in the comments!