With comics and TV continuing to draw comparisons between the current U.S. presidential administration and Marvel’s fascist group Hydra, a new URL makes the connection explicit. Named after the multi-headed beast of Greek mythology, Hydra the organization first appeared in 1965’s Strange Tales #135. All told, it’s an iconic issue, as it sees Nick Fury waking up in the ’60s and also introduces S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Helicarriers. Over the years, the group has moved from an arm of the Nazi Party to a general fascist group of supervillains with a rotating roster of leaders.
Usually led by the Red Skull or Baron Zemo, the group has long been the top evil organization in the Marvel Comics universe. Their prominence has waxed and waned over the years, but the start of Nick Spencer’s new Secret Empire arc has brought them roaring back to the frontline. In the tale, a series of convoluted events have led to a rewritten origin for Captain America, one that sees him as a member of the group of his longtime foes. It’s been a controversial move, not least of which for drawing a number of comparison’s to the rise of the far right in the U.S. and Europe and the current presidential administration in the States.
As CBR reports, it looks like an enterprising individual has nabbed the URL Hail-Hydra.com and redirected it to the White House’s website. It’s a move that’s likely to excite many fans, while displeasing a fair few. That said, the person responsible is hardly alone in making the connection.
While the Red-Skull-led Hydra made its debut in the MCU during Captain America: The First Avenger, it was The Winter Soldier that turned them into a force to be reckoned with. The film saw a massive plot unfold across the decades where the fascist group worked their way into the governments of the world, waiting to strike. The fallout of the film even helped transform Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from a fun TV show to essential viewing for MCU fans.
Since that time, S.H.I.E.L.D. has continued to flesh out the group, even connecting their origins to the Inhumans. It’s been the final arc of the current fourth season, however, that’s made things outright political. Inside the Framework, Madame Hydra and her version of the group rule supreme, suppressing free speech and controlling the news. In almost every episode inside the virtual world, characters have made it clear that they’re connecting the new world order of the show to the modern political landscape. With references to “alternative facts,” “Nevertheless, she persisted,” and calls from Hydra to “make society great again,” S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s political allusions have hardly been subtle. And while Hail-Hydra.com is unlikely part of the Marvel marketing arm, it’s certainly picking up where the company has left off in their various media.