Steve Rogers recently walked away from his third major solo film, Captain America: Civil War, with some major questions about what it means to be a hero. But it turns out that's nothing compared to what he's going through in the comics.
Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 hits stores today, and the final twist of this first issue packs a wallop that will be heard throughout the entire history of one of the world's most iconic superheroes.
Captain America: Steve Rogers – by Nick Spencer, Jesus Saiz, and VC's Joe Caramagna – sees Steve back as Cap alongside Sam Wilson. It also sees the revelation that Steve Rogers is a member of Hydra. And ~has been all along.~ *CUE RECORD-SCRATCH NOISE.*
ICYMI, Hydra is a terrorist organization in the Marvel Universe that's been a major villainous presence in the comics since 1965.
In Steve Rogers #1, it's revealed that Steve was recruited by Hydra when he was a kid. And that he's still working with them. It's a controversial decision, to say the least – especially given that Hydra is an organization with strong Nazi ties.
So, you know, this changes some things for the Captain America we – and the characters of the Marvel Comics Universe – know and love.
Asked what we should know about this Steve Rogers, Brevoort clarified to BuzzFeed that this is "actually Steve Rogers, not a duplicate or a clone or a robot or anything like that."
"Nick Spencer pitched this story to us as part of rejuvenating Steve Rogers as part of the character's 75th anniversary. We saw merit in what Nick proposed, so we're moving ahead with the story. And this is only the tip of it."