It's summer crossover event time for DC Comics and Marvel Comics and while the latter's Civil War II event gets off to a real start next week with its #1 issue (#0 and a free comic book day preview already debuted), that didn't stop Marvel from dropping something huge a week early to take a little spotlight attention away from DC Rebirth #1 - an epic 80-page launch to DC's game-changer event.
How Marvel accomplished this is by bringing back youthful-once-again Steve Rogers in his own new self-titled series titled Captain America: Steve Rogers #1. This gives Marvel Comics two different Captain Americas with the other being Sam Wilson a.k.a. Falcon who still wields the iconic round vibranium shield. As for Steve Rogers, he has a new shield of his own to match his new outfit, but given the shocking revelation at the end of the issue - that Steve Rogers is a Hydra operative and always has been - perhaps he needs an entirely new costume...
The reaction to the Hydra twist was out of control and by that we mean, pretty standard for doom-and-gloom social media reactions that simply cannot wait for a story to play out before raging upon it. But wow was it a great read and did it ever make for an interesting discussion and deeper look into who Steve Rogers really is and what it means to be Captain America. The twist trended across social media, made headline news, and even sparked this fun response from Chris Evans - the man who plays Steve Rogers on the big screen:
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) May 26, 2016
To anyone who actually reads Marvel Comics and has for a long-time, they should expect that everything will be okay even if things end up being a little different. Captain America isn't evil and he's been fighting against Hydra for decades and decades. And while writer Nick Spencer tells EW that this version of Captain America "is not a clone, not an imposter, not mind control, not someone else acting through Steve. This really is Steve Rogers, Captain America himself," it's still easy to believe that something else is up.
But if there's not, or even if it's just a temporary thing, what would Captain America look like as a full-fledged agent of Hydra? What would Chris Evans look like if years from now he has to play "bad guy" Steve Rogers? Artist Kode a.k.a. BossLogic has a pretty good idea from these renderings he shared yesterday:
The black ops style suit actually looks pretty great and the more we think about it, seeing Captain America fighting other heroes for keeps sounds like it'd make for an entertaining watch after Captain America: Civil War.
Captain America: Civil War is now in theaters, and is followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017;Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018;Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2– May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
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