Captain America: Mind Controlled or Hydra?

June 29, 2016

 

If you have any interests in the Marvel universe-- either by being directly involved by consuming material (figuratively, of course) or as a passive audience that absorbs via hearsay, or maybe you're neither but heard of this blasphemous characterization online or even on the RADIO because it was literally (not literally) everywhere-- then you'd know that in the debut issue of Captain America: Steve Rogers, Captain America announced his allegiance to the Nazi metaphor, Hydra. 

 

It was revealed in issue #2 that Captain America was being mind controlled this entire time, despite writers specifically saying that he was not being mind controlled. Is this revocation a result of the angry fans that bought and burned (literally) issues or the angry anecdotes of elder sisters who just want the best for their younger, Captain America-loving brothers?

 

Or was this something that we've seen in comic books for years. 

 

Axel Alonso, Editor-In-Chief, said it himself:

"I think a lot of the people reacting most violently aren't people that go to the comic book stores every Wednesday and are trained to understand the way the comics work and the rhythms and how we could do this kind of thing with our heroes."

 

Though a common occurrence in the comics medium to undo what has been done, it normally unwinds over the course of several issues. The reason for such a quick reveal that Captain America is indeed NOT a Hydra agent so swiftly after the issue 1 cliffhanger, Alonso reveals, is to know what the hero does not know. In this case, Captain America has yet to know that he's being mind controlled so the reader will continue to read and wonder how he'll get out of this one.

 

Timing played a huge role at the reactions as well. New comic book readers picked up an issue #1 after the release of the Captain America: Civil War film where they made their alliances for or against Team Cap. Even some comic book veterans fell for-- how I can only describe it as-- the clickbait issue. Startling reactions were predicted from the start. The death threats were a surprise, however. 

 

Either case, it's good to know that the all-American icon isn't a Nazi sympathizer regardless of how quickly that seemed to be revealed.   

Let us know, did you think Captain America was going to "Hail Hydra" forever? 

 

 

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