Ever since I was a little girl, I have always admired Captain America. Having been bullied all the way up until I went to college, Steve Rogers was always the one to stand up for the little guy. Captain America has been one of Marvel Comics most iconic superheroes to date, and recently, fans of the longtime American hero have found themselves in disbelief with Marvel Comics.
Secret Empire, the culmination of over a year of build up from Marvel, concerns the secret, fascistic, Nazi-associated society known as Hydra mounting a successful takeover of the United States government with the help of a cosmically altered Captain America, now revealed to have been a Hydra double agent all along. The shocking news of event has rippled a significant controversy among fans since Captain America’s secret Hydra allegiance was revealed a year ago.
In a recent statement to released a statement to ABC News on its imminent summer event Secret Empire today, Marvel asked fans to “allow the story to unfold before coming to any conclusion.”
“With Marvel Comics’ ‘Secret Empire,’ the forces of Hydra have taken over and, due to the villainous actions of the Red Skull, have manipulated Marvel’s greatest hero, Captain America, and forced him to adopt their cause,” the statement to ABC News reads. “At Marvel, we want to assure all of our fans that we hear your concerns about aligning Captain America with Hydra and we politely ask you to allow the story to unfold before coming to any conclusion.”
The statement continued, stating that the love and passion of the fans is what keeps the company moving forward. Also, that “Captain America, will always be a cornerstone of the Marvel Universe who will stand up for what is right, and ‘Secret Empire’ will be the biggest challenge Steve has ever faced.”
“What you will see at the end of this journey is that his heart and soul — his core values, not his muscle or his shield — are what save the day against Hydra and will further prove that our heroes will always stand against oppression and show that good will always triumph over evil,”
On Marvel’s Free Comic Book Day Secret Empire tie-in book leaked, revealing a Hydra-aligned Captain America wielding Thor’s hammer. Which leaves some of us thinking… if Captain America is a HYDRA agent… how is he worth enough to pick up the hammer?
The prequel issue, Secret Empire #0, detailed Captain America’s Hydra takeover of the Marvel heroes, and revealed that in the true, un-cosmically-altered timeline of the Marvel Universe, Steve Rogers was always a Hydra agent.
As with any comics, books or television series… we will just have to sit and wait as these events unfold.
Sources: ABC News, Polygon