Warning: The following contains major spoilers for the first issue of the comic book “Captain America: Steve Rogers.” Stop reading now, if you want to be left unspoiled.
While you’re still reeling from the outcome of “Captain America: Civil War,” Marvel just upped the ante on the comics side with their latest revelation. In the first issue of “Captain America: Steve Rogers,” it was revealed that the red, white and blue hero isn’t a hero at all — he’s a villain.
In the final pages of the issue, it’s revealed that Steve Rogers is, in fact, a member of Hydra, the evil organization he’s been fighting all these years. What’s more, he’s been a Hydra agent all along — back to his childhood. The revealing panel, which shows a dramatically lit Captain America uttering the words “Hail Hydra,” is one that will stick with comic book readers for some time.
It’s important to note that in the comic book continuity, there are actually two Captain Americas — Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson, who many recognize as the Falcon. In the comics, Falcon took over for Steve, but the original is back and clearly has a plan. How Sam will react when he realizes his mentor and friend was a double agent all along remains to be seen.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, comic writers Nick Spencer and Tom Brevoort are making sure that readers know that while the change may seem crazy, this is the real Steve Rogers.
“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,” Spencer says.
As for where the story goes from here, fans are going to have to keep reading. This massive divergence from what has been traditionally known about Captain America is certainly going to keep things interesting.
“Captain America: Steve Rogers” issue one is available now.