Just after one issue, Captain America has pulled back on the twist that he is a Nazi.
In an interview with ComicBook.com, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso revealed the truth behind Captain America’s recent shocking proclamation in Captain America: Steve Rogers #1. As it turns out, the American-born hero has had false memories implanted into him by “Kobik, the sentient Cosmic Cube who became a girl” making him think that he’s a Hydra agent which will be explicitly stated in the upcoming Captain America: Steve Rogers #2.
Even though most fans weren’t so naive to fall for this insane twist, it did not stop them from being angry at the direction. Granted that it did generate worldwide attention even from non-comic book readers, the choice to make this move was lauded by fans for going against everything Steve Rogers is and stood for. Turn Batman into a killer, that’s isn’t that much of a stretch. Turn Iron Man into a stoic sociopath, well that actually might work. But to destroy a character’s core beliefs crosses the line.
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 [Spencer] 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.”
Honestly, the only thing that is even remotely surprising is how quickly Marvel backtracked on their twisted decision. Despite it being clear that Captain America would definitely not be a Hydra agent forever, the shear magnitude of this direction felt nothing more than publicity stun, with it adding no real value to Rogers’ character.
If we only see this through objective eyes, then it seems reasonable. But that is merely one side of its full impact, Steve Rogers is no longer the character we have grown to love and respect. Would I continue to read Captain America: Steve Rogers? Probably not. What are your thoughts?