The road Marvel Comics has taken to Secret Empire has seen Steve Rogers turn from sleeper agent to full-on supervillain. But Secret Empire #1, out today, goes well beyond that: It makes Captain America complicit in horrors so extreme it's hard to see how the character can ever return to being the hero he once was.
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If you keep up with Marvel Comics, chances are you know that all-American hero Steve Rogers has secretly been a Hydra agent for decades... thanks to the Red Skull, a Cosmic Cube, and a bit of altering reality. It's led many people to decry that Captain America has become a Nazi. But is true? Is Hydra made up of Nazis, or is it just generically evil? The answer is both, and it's Marvel's fault.
The die is cast. After months of working covertly to bring his plans as an Agent of Hydra to fruition, Steve Rogers, the original Captain America, has made his first big step toward the incoming Secret Empire event. And even though we've been waiting for this to happen, it's a pretty surprising move nonetheless.
Secret Empire -- which will see Steve Rogers' recent double life as an agent of Hydra revealed to the wider Marvel Comics world -- is the company's next big comic event, and thus, it's already touting range after range of variant covers to go with the series. But one in particular is causing a lot of anger: Because it links Magneto to an organisation he's long detested.
If you've been following the long saga of Steve Rogers, you'll know that this year he returned to superpowered heroism as the current second Captain America. You'll also know that he came back with some... intriguing quirks, like, for example, being a secret brainwashed Hydra agent. That would be bad enough, but now he's become a loopy supervillain, and it's amazing.