The first issue of ‘Captain America: Steve Rogers’ reveals that Cap is, and has always been, an undercover operative for the evil organization Hydra.
Following the success of “Captain America: Civil War”, a new comic about the iconic Marvel superhero reveals that Steve Rogers is, and has always been, an agent of the evil organization Hydra. Marvel executive editor Tom Brevoort discusses the genesis of this twist with USA Today.
In the first issue of “Captain America: Steve Rogers”, Steve and his mother were recruited to join the nefarious organization in the 1920s. In the comic, written by Nick Spencer and drawn by Jesus Saiz, Cap even betrays one of his fellow Marvel superheroes and boldly states, “Hail Hydra.”
Tom says, “We knew it would be like slapping people in the face. His mission is to further the goals and beliefs of Hydra. If that involves taking down the Marvel universe, sure. (But) it may not be as simple as that. It’s not like he’s exchanged his white hat for a black hat – it’s a green hat.”
Tom reveals the story has been in place for a while. “Having this go on in the middle of this odd and offbeat and contentious presidential primary process, and all of the stuff going on in the world right now, we guessed right,” he explains, “This in a sense feels more relevant right now than it would have a year ago.”
The story was developed when Falcon a.k.a. Sam Wilson took over as Captain America with Steve being rejuvenated by the Cosmic Cube. Tom promises, “It will go to some scary and shocking places if it hasn’t already. Suddenly there’s a whole other wrinkle to all of it. Any cover with Steve Rogers takes on a slightly different dimension because you have information that no one else in that picture has.”
“The idea of Captain America means something very primal and very strong to the people of this nation, and they have a very visceral reaction when you get to something like that. You want people to feel and react to your story. So far, so good,” he continues.
The second issue of “Captain America: Steve Rogers” will lay out a better understanding of how Cap’s managed to work as an undercover agent all these years. Later issues will dig into new sides of who Steve Rogers is.