(Warning! Gigantic SPOILERS await ahead! Tread cautiously.) Yesterday, Marvel fans spent the afternoon on Twitter begging Disney to #GiveCaptainAmericaaBoyfriend. Today, they may be asking to give him the electric chair or life in prison. The new Marvel Comic Steve Rogers No. 1 arrives revealing Captain America's deep dark secret. One he's been harboring for the past 75 years. And knowing what we know of Chris Evans' portrayal of the character as it stands in the MCU, movie fans might be hard pressed to accept this gut punch of a plot twist.
Yes, as it turns out, Steve Rogers is a bigger turncoat than Benedict Arnold. The debut issue of this new Marvel comic book offers an alternate past for America's greatest superhero. The guy is, and always has been, an agent of the evil organization Hydra. This is the ruthless organization Cap has spent the past century fighting, since he was first introduced during World War II. Both in the comics and in the movies. Shocked yet?
Captain America celebrates its 75th Anniversary this year, and this certainly is a flooring discovery, one that fans probably weren't expecting. Marvel executive editor Tom Brevoort confirms that this secret past really belongs to Steve. The Rogers we see in the comic is not a droid, or a clone or some other alternate universe incarnation of the character. He's not a shape shifting member of Skrull, either.
Steve Rogers No. 1 was written by Nick Spencer and drawn by Jesus Saiz. The story takes place in the aftermath of a battle with Baron Zemo. We can only stare at the pages as Rogers betrays one of his fellow Marvel superheroes and boldly states two words we never thought he'd utter, 'Hail Hydra.' Says Brevoort about the shocking reveal.
"We knew it would be like slapping people in the face. His mission is to further the goals and beliefs of Hydra. 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."
Red Skull leads the nefarious Hydra in this first issue. The group is currently attracting the disaffected and disenfranchised youth of today, as it did way back in the 1920s. That's when both Rogers and his mother were recruited to join. The story has been in place for awhile. But the current social climate has changed since it was first conceived. Explains Brevoort.
"Having this go on in the middle of this odd and offbeat and contentious presidential primary process, and all of the stuff going on in the world right now, we guessed right. This in a sense feels more relevant right now than it would have a year ago."
The story of Cap being a member of Hydra stretches wide across the Marvel Comic Book universe. And the seeds were planted when Sam Wilson, aka Falcon, took over as Captain America, with Rogers being rejuvenated by the Cosmic Cube. Brevoort promises this.
"It will go to some scary and shocking places if it hasn't already. "Suddenly there's a whole other wrinkle to all of it. Any cover with Steve Rogers takes on a slightly different dimension because you have information that no one else in that picture has.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."
In Issue No. 2, fans will get a better understanding of what is actually going on with Steve Rogers, and how he's managed to work as an undercover agent all these years. Later issues will offer a new side to Steve, showing who he truly is as a person. With the comic just hitting newsstands, the fans have started to show their very passionate response to the twist. They don't like it. Just as much as they didn't like seeing Cap get assassinated in the Civil War storyline. That didn't happen in the movies. So the big question is, will this? We'll have to wait for the answer. We have the big reveal page from the comic thanks to USA Today.