Marvel threw away the notion of the good-natured and heroic Captain America in its most recent new comic Captain America: Steve Rogers #1. The comic, written by Nick Spencer, has since then received furious responses from Captain America fans because the evil undercover agent is not what they believe Captain America to be. The Marvel comic universe upheld Captain America as the model of American values and virtues for over 75 years, according to a Popsugar article. Back when he was created in 1941 by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, both Jewish comic book writers, Captain America fought Hilter and the Axis during WWII. In the comics, he also fought Hydra, the Nazi-adjacent organization planning to overthrow Hitler’s reign and destroy the world.
Now many fans are enraged by this interpretation of their beloved hero. Comic book writer Nick Spencer has received death threats through social media, including Twitter hashtags of #NotMyCap and #SayNoToHYDRACap. Even Chris Evans, the actor who portrays Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was gravely disappointed in the decision, according to the Inquisitr. The website Panels has also accused editor Tom Brevoort and writer Nick Spencer of “downplaying genocide” by making Captain America a member of the evil organization he’s fought so long.
The one thing to consider when it comes to the Marvel comic books is that it all takes place in a multiverse. Throughout the constant creation of these comics, Marvel has continued to add more lore into their characters by creating different timelines and alternate universes. Marvel reigns on its ability to give comic book writers their different interpretations of their superheroes. So, Captain America being evil is not all that unusual. This is just another interpretation of Captain America in a different universe. Nick Spenser specifically discerns the disbelief of the fans in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, stating “This is not a clone, not an imposter, not mind control, not someone else acting through Steve. This really is Steve Rogers, Captain America himself.” So, why is this such as shock to people when it is normal for superhero characters to change in Marvel’s alternative timelines?
The fact that Captain America has turned evil is such a shock to fans because he’s a representation of America and its fight for justice and freedom. It’s because of the fact that Captain America superhero character that is so close to the hearts of many people that have grown up with Captain America for inspiration during a time of war and travesty. However, America is changing. It is going through periods of its own corruption, where the political arena is filled with tension and resentment. This change in Captain America represent the changes that are going on in America now because America isn’t the greatest country anymore. America is faced with a never-ending war with ISIS, an inconceivable amount of debt, horrifying crime and poverty, racism and sexism, and a list of issues that goes on and on. The United States has problems so big it is hurting our future generations as we speak. So, Captain America turning evil? Maybe that’s just the reality check we all need.