Captain America is a Hydra agent. Ever since Captain America uttered “Hail Hydra” on the last page of Captain America: Steve Rogers #1, Marvel Comics fans have been in turmoil. Marvel Comics received lots of hate mail and Nick Spencer received death threats.
It was later explained that Red Skull used Kobik, the living cosmic cube, to rewrite history so that Cap had always been Hydra. This revelation lead into the Marvel Comics event “Secret Empire”. This event has Steve Rogers as the leader of Hydra. Some of the super-heroes have sided with Hydra. Others are actively trying to overthrow the regime.
One group discovers fragments of the cube are spread out over the world. They believe if they can reassemble it they will be able to reverse what has been done. Black Widow takes the pragmatic approach and sets out to kill Captain America. Her reasoning is Steve Rogers wouldn’t want to live as a traitor to his country.
There have been a few surprising reveals in this story-line. The “Hail Hydra” by Captain America was the first. In the FCBD Secret Empire issue we see Steve Rogers hold up what appears to be Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Then at the end of Secret Empire issue #2 we see a different Steve Rogers dressed in what appears to be a World War II uniform saying he just wants to go home. Just when you think you have a handle on what’s going on another curveball comes.
I am interested to see where Nick Spencer is going with Secret Empire. I like the fact he took Steve Rogers where no one would’ve dreamed. If you don’t take risks with the character you keep getting the same story retold time and time again. I only hope the resolution to Secret Empire isn’t too hokey or contrived.
I would like to see Captain America come out of this back to his original self, but with the memory of what happened. It would be a battle scar for him that won’t heal. I think they could do a lot in future stories referring back to this event.