No, that’s not click bait. That’s Marvel’s latest move. They’re making Steve Rogers, Captain America since 1941, into an agent of Hydra, the Nazi organization of the Red Skull.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. If you read comic books, your first thought is that this must be: a clone / mind control / double agent / alternate reality / random comic gimmick here.
But no, they’ve said that is it 100% not that. It is Steve Rogers. The man we’ve known and loved for decades, has now, and has always been, a secret Nazi agent.
Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort shed some light on the reveal, with USA Today citing him as telling them that this is “the real Steve Rogers,” and not “some clone, shapeshifting Skrull, Life Model Decoy or a Cap from an alternate universe.”
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, writer Nick Spencer added to Brevoort’s statements that this is the real Steve, saying, “Issue 2 will lay a lot of our cards on the table in terms of what the new status quo is, but the one thing we can say unequivocally is: This is not a clone, not an imposter, not mind control, not someone else acting through Steve. This really is Steve Rogers, Captain America himself.”
“His mission is to further the goals and beliefs of Hydra,” explained Brevoort, back at USA Today, of Rogers’s new (or possibly old) secret status quo. “If that involves taking down the Marvel universe, sure. (But) it may not be as simple as that. It’s not like he’s exchanged his white hat for a black hat — it’s a green hat.”
So, the answer is “yes, really.”
To keep it clear: this is MARVEL COMICS. This is NOT Marvel Studios. This is not the movies. This is not the beloved Chris Evans. This is not the film that just came out. This is the comic book.
Which makes you wonder: who the hell green lit this?
Now this shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to any and all concerned. After all, for the part few months, they’ve made Sam Wilson into the Captain America in the comics, and he is no longer the cool side kick, he’s been Captain Left-wing Agenda
So of course, Steve Rogers as Captain America must be a right-wing fascist in comparison. Nope, it’s not even “in comparison,” it’s just a fascist.
“We knew it would be like slapping people in the face,” confessed Brevoort. “The idea of Captain America means something very primal and very strong to the people of this nation, and they have a very visceral reaction when you get to something like that. You want people to feel and react to your story. So far, so good.”
So he knows it would offend people and did it anyway.
When did Marvel comics become so vile and corrupt that they cannot stand anything that looks like pure goodness? That they must be iconoclastic, even though they are smashing that which they made icons. I’m not suggesting that they are being iconoclastic without understanding what made him an icon. I’m suggesting that they know exactly what makes him an icon, and hate him because of that.
Noble? Can’t have that.
God-fearing? Can’t even use “the G-world.”
Patriotism? No. Sam Wilson as Captain America has shown us the way there. Every pro-life, pro-God, pro-Christian, pro-American anything is automatically an evil caricature.
Trusting in the inherent goodness of people in general and the American people in particular? People are evil and stupid, especially Americans.
You have to wonder how much hate these people must have for goodness that they resort to insulting their own fan base and destroying everything they’ve ever worked for in this fashion?
But it’s like John C. Wright once put in on a different topic,
“Such reckless hatred makes the hatred-eaten man his own victim, and makes his mind his own dungeon and torture chamber. He claws out his own entrails and gnaws them. All good things […] become, for him, a cause of malice and pain. Sunlight to him is darkness, and life is nightmare.
I begin to understand why so many of them speak of being frightened when no one menaces them, or of feeling unsafe when nothing threatens.”
Captain America — and there is only one Captain America — is chock full of virtues, in every meaning of the term. And now, at long last, Marvel Comics have come to the point where they cannot stand virtue, or goodness, unless it is on their own, narrowly defined terms.
Yes, the path to Heaven is also a straight and narrow path. But it looks like a superhighway compared to the “good leftists” of Marvel.
I am grateful, however, to Marvel comics for at least inspiring a good movie franchise before they decided to take their comics to the dogs. Right now, my major occupational goals include becoming a big enough writer to go to Marvel, ask to take over a character, and from there, slowly take over the entire Marvel comic universe. Because even at my worst, teenage drivel, I still could come up with better material than this.