Today, Marvel Comics debuted a new Captain America series returning Steve Rogers to the mantle.
Wait, hasn’t Steve always been Cap? Not recently. The Super Soldier serum was taken out of him and aged to his rightful age. Sam Wilson, Falcon, became Cap. In a very recent Avengers storyline, Zemo (from recent Civil War film) tried to manipulate a cosmic cube that became a sentient being named Kobik. Kobik restored Cap’s powers and he went back to looking younger.
With Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 we find out something more: Steve Rogers has been a double agent working for Hydra all along!
His mother was recruited first, and at the end of the issue we find him saying “Hail Hydra!” But, what does this all mean, and especially for the movie franchise.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is separate from the comics. Though it shares similar stories, it’s not always going to follow the comics. The likelihood of Captain America becoming Hydra is not going to be anything coming up soon. But, is it on the table? Perhaps. The story in the comics is very fresh, and though there’s a lot of planning and thought with it, there’s no way to know how this will end up. Not knowing now what will happen, if the story proves to be a very good one, it may be a good plot for a film.
With the comic being very fresh, and only the last panel revealing Cap as a Hydra Agent, there’s a lot that can happen. Fans and others are up in arms, but I don’t think there’s a reason to. For one thing, Kobik was connected to Zemo. Could Kobik have manipulated Cap? It’s possible. Is this an entirely different Steve Rogers? Also possible. That’s not too far fetched also considering there was that world revealed in the recent Secret Wars. Is there a trick that we didn’t see? Also possible. There are so many possibilities it’s hard to tell what is true and what is not.
All that to say, time will tell how this will play out and if it is the right story to tell in movies. For now, the shock value has people rushing to buy these issues. I did, and I rarely get a Captain America comic. So, go grab it as soon as possible because it could very well be a collector’s item. And keep reading to find out what happens to good ol’ Steve.