On this day in history, Marvel made headlines because Steve Rogers has supposedly been a HYDRA agent/sympathizer for the past 75 years.
Captain America is a Nazi. Political agendas/commentary on the modern state of the American presidential elections aside, THIS IS NOT OKAY.
People don’t realize that fiction matters. They think superheroes and comic books are stupid, frivolous past-times of people whose ideas of reality are severely warped.
This is exactly why fictional stories matter. For one, if you’re not inclined to believe me, #SayNoToHydraCap has been trending worldwide on Twitter pretty much since TIME Magazine dropped the news and the interview with Marvel Comics’ CEO.
Second, Captain America, whether you have eyes and a heart or not, has been an icon of hope and freedom around the world for literally decades.
Captain America is freedom and equality, bravery and courage, justice and mercy. He is a hero in every sense of the word. He’s the embodiment of what every man should aim to be.
That’s not to say Steve Rogers is a god without faults (comparable to Superman). Steve Rogers has a moral crisis before every battle, and he calculates every move. The price of freedom is high and without a doubt, Steve Rogers knows the weight of each and every choice he makes. But he chooses each fight in the name of honor and there’s something incredibly noble about that.
Steven Grant Rogers is a hero. Better yet, he’s a good man that people so desperately want to believe in. We follow his choices, whether in the movie theater or at home with a comic book, and we understand exactly where he’s coming from because, deep down, everyone wants to find the goodness within themselves that Captain America so overtly portrays.
To make Steve Rogers a Hydra agent—literally a NAZI, the physical manifestation of hatred, racism, fear, and cowardice—is so contrary to every secret idealist wants to believe. People WANT to believe in good men. Until this morning, whether you’re Team Cap or Team Iron Man, Captain America was that hero that ANYONE could believe in.
To make him a Nazi is to say that that goodness, that noble heroism, was a lie from the very beginning. I, for one, will never stand for that.
I stand with the Steve Rogers that jumped on a grenade to save a bunch of people who tormented him and told him he was nothing.
I stand with the Steve Rogers that punched Hitler in the face in 1945 and infused a generation with enough hope and patriotism to tear down the evils of hatred incarnate.
I stand with the Steve Rogers who died for his country a thousand times over, even when his country betrayed him, condemned him, and murdered him on the steps of the Capital, simply because he knew he was doing what’s right, even when most people were blinded by anger, fear, and hatred.
That Steve Rogers, that little kid from Brooklyn that held a trash-can lid as a shield in a back alley, is the hero that I will always believe in.
Don’t ever tell me that fiction doesn’t matter.
And don’t you dare tell me that Captain America is a Nazi.