Earlier this week, Marvel Comics decided to make one of the most controversial decisions in superhero history when they revealed that Captain America was actually an undercover agent for Hydra.
Unsurprisingly, some Marvel fans took umbrage with this decision, quickly declaring that not only was it completely against everything that the superhero stood for, but it went against why he was created in the first place.
The online ruckus regarding this decision has become so loud that Chris Evans, who plays Steve Rogers/Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has now stepped in and revealed his thoughts regarding Marvel’s decision to make the character a villain. And even though he reduced his thoughts to just one word, two questions marks, two exclamation points, and a hashtag, it was clear that Evans wasn’t too happy with the revelation.
There’s been a growing backlash to Marvel Comics’ decision to make Captain America an undercover agent for the Nazi organization Hydra. This revelation was made in the first issue of Captain America: Steve Rogers, which hit shelves on Wednesday morning.
Speaking about this shocking decision, Marvel editor Tom Brevoort tried not to reveal too much, but he did explain to Time, “Every single month whether it’s a run of the mill month for Captain America or an extraordinary month, our job it to put him in situations that place that character under some degree of pressure and see how he reacts to that.”
“And hopefully our readers are surprised, shocked, elated, see something of themselves, learn something about themselves,” he continued. “To say it’s a gimmick implies that it’s done heedlessly just to shock. The proof is always going to be the execution. So you’ll have to read the rest of the story to see. But I certainly believe it’s not a gimmick. It’s a story that we spent a long time on, that’s compelling and captures the zeitgeist of the world. It will make readers wonder how the heck we’ll get out of this.”
Instead, the most overwhelming reaction from Marvel fans has been one of anger. However, some conspiracy theories for the real reason behind this change in Steve Rogers have emerged, with one highlighting that the poor relationship between Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter and Kevin Feige could have forced Marvel Comics to go in such a drastic direction.
Feige, who is the president of Marvel Studios, previously had to answer to Perlmutter, who works as the CEO of Marvel Entertainment, for how the Marvel Cinematic Universe would unfold. However, Feige allegedly became so frustrated working with Perlmutter that Disney restructured their organization so that he only had to directly report to Alan Horn, who is the chief of Disney Studios.
The huge critical and financial success of Captain America: Civil War proves that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is only going from strength to strength, and some individuals across the world wide web believe that Perlmutter approved this hugely divisive Captain America arc just to hurt Marvel Studios.
— Captain America (@CaptainAmerica) April 29, 2016
Obviously, it’s impossible to know if this was the reasoning behind the arc. One of the reasons why it probably isn’t true is that it would basically be a suicide mission, as the reaction has seen a backlash against Marvel Comics and not Marvel Studios.
Plus, all of this chatter regarding Captain America is doing precisely what the comics intended: it’s got more people talking about the upcoming issues. As the famous adage goes, no publicity is bad publicity, but this might be testing it a little bit too closely.
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