After the grand success of Captain America: Civil War (a film I happily rank as one of my favourite movies ever), Captain America is still one of the most iconic superheroes in both the Marvel Cinematic and Comic Universes. Now the first issue of Captain America: Steve Rogers has arrived, a series that returns Steve Rogers to his youth after he retired for a while to be a de-powered old man. Sam Wilson had filled in the role as Cap, but now the original Cap is back.... And it's not looking good so far.
From here on out this may be quite spoilery - however, I'm pretty sure you'll have heard it all over Twitter and the Internets anyway.
So apparently Steve Rogers is now - and always has been - a Hydra agent. Nick Spencer, the writer of this series, has explicitly stated that...
"...the one thing we can say unequivocally is: This is not a clone, not an imposter, not mind control, not someone else acting through Steve. This really is Steve Rogers, Captain America himself."Marvel editor Tom Brevoort tried to justify Spencer's actions in a Time interview, saying
"Nick had this notion that we were going to restore him [de-serumed Steve from the 75th anniversary]. But then we went into this other story about Hydra, and this is only the tip of the iceberg."Did they think they were pulling a new and shocking twist on the story of Captain America? No, this isn't a good plot twist. This is fucking up a great character who is a worldwide role model. A plot twist is good when it doesn't fuck up 75 years worth of character design.
But, at least they got 'shocking' right.
Captain America was created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon to be a symbol of freedom, hope, equality and kindness. He was created to be someone who would always stand up for what was right. The character was created by two Jewish men during World War 2, as someone who would always stand up for the little guy. This comic is stripping away the most important part of Steve Rogers. Steve's ideals from the very beginning have always been that he hates bullies. With him now being with Hydra, he is the bully.
In making Cap a Hydra agent, what Nick Spencer and has done in this comic is give the middle finger to the memory of Jack Kirby and Joe Simon. These two men faced death threats just for going into work and writing and illustrating these stories, just for bringing this character to life. This is just pissing on the graves of Captain America's creators and everything they actually risked their lives to stand for by creating him. It also shows that to Marvel, anti-Semitism is okay.
And it really, really isn't.
It also doesn't help that this has caused outrage right around the time in which the hashtag #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend is trending on Twitter and everything ever. It's like we the fans asked Marvel, "can we have a bisexual Captain America who can be actual representation in the superhero franchise for LGBTQ+ people out there", and Marvel has come back with "... hmm, how about we give you Nazi Cap instead".
No, Marvel, that's literally the opposite of what we asked for. Basically, Hydra Steve is more realistic than Bisexual Steve to Marvel, which says a lot about Marvel's priorities.
I get that this is in the Comic Universe and shouldn't affect our precious Movie Cap, but it's still unacceptable. I consider myself a big supporter of Marvel, I love the movies and I hope to god they actually make a Black Widow movie (Do it for us, Kevin Feige, make it happen, please), but if they continue going down this route and accepting this sort of mistreatment of these characters, then I'm not going to see any more.
And as a short review of the actual comic; I'm not a fan. And I'm most definitely boycotting this series.
So, in the words of Nick Fury;
I recognise the council has made this decision, but given that it's a stupid-ass decision, I've elected to ignore it.Having grown up in a dungeon it isn't any wonder that Tyrell is a little bit weird, though her mother (Gail) would say she's a big part of the occasionally wonderful too. Knowing her ranking against the world's most demanding cat, Tyrell manages to slip the manacles off to run barefoot through a world worth ranting at.