Marvel Asks for Patience as Controversial Captain America Story Nears End
"We politely ask you to allow the story to unfold before coming to any conclusion," the company is telling upset readers.
What’s unusual about this statement isn’t just that it comes a day before the release of Secret Empire No. 1 (actually the series’ second issue — it launched with No. 0 last month), but that it feels at odds with the story as written to date. Under the current version of Steve Rogers’ history, his “core values” were instilled by Hydra since childhood, leading him to collaborate with the Nazis and sabotage the Allies’ efforts in World War II; in terms of Secret Empire itself, he’s plotted and executed a Hydra takeover of the United States that has left many he pretended to be friends with for dead, not to mention actively trying to murder others to further the Hydra cause. Why didn’t his “heart and soul” kick in during any of these previous events…?
Perhaps that is reason enough to keep reading Secret Empire: to discover what is more morally repugnant to a brainwashed Captain America than working to ensure a fascist takeover of the world on two separate occasions.
I love that Marvel has hit a point where it needed to release a statement about this. And that even the Hollywood Reporter isn’t buying into their shit.