Tag Archives: Steve Rogers

My Short Thoughts on Evil Captain America

I keep reading the headlines about the current Secret Empire storyline in Marvel Comics, and feeling like I should say something about it. My previous writings on comics are some of my most-read material, after all, and here’s all the writing-about-comics material you could ask for!

But I knew I had said something when Captain America first hailed Hydra, and I just went back and read it. And basically… one year later, but all the same thoughts. To enumerate,

  1. It’s probably in poor taste to be doing this with Hydra, given Hydra = Nazis. Just read a similar point on The Mary Sue.
  2. The movies have been getting based on the comics; we’ve reached a point where the comics are being based increasingly on the movies (and wider MCU).
  3. This is all a product of Secret Wars, so it’s a new universe and a new Steve Rogers so it doesn’t have much bearing on what’s come before.

The Mary Sue article I linked to basically argues that that first point invalidates the later two, and perhaps, fair enough. But they also provided exactly what I expected: evidence for point three.

Maybe that’s real Steve Rogers! Who knows, there were quite a few of them on Battleworld. Whatever. The Marvel Universe is dead to me and I’m just really having trouble caring. Should they maybe leave secret Nazi storylines alone? In the current political climate? I mean, DC is responding to the current political moment with the Doomsday Clock:

How about you – are you reading Secret Empire? What are your thoughts on all of this? I’d love to know, because I’m unlikely to read these comics anytime soon myself!

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Hail Hydra? The New Captain America?

So I should open by saying I haven’t read the comic yet. And it’s an issue number 1, so nobody has that much insight into it. But in this week’s newest All New, All Different Marvel Universe title – Steve Rogers: Captain America #1 – we got to see a shocking twist on a 75 year old beloved character!

Kilgrave Hail Hydra

That’s right, Memes-away, it’s Hydra time! This was one of the most interesting things about Captain America: Winter Soldier, I think especially on a first viewing. The role of Hydra in the MCU is massive! It’s crazy! It sprouted a cool meme, it breathed life into Agents of SHIELD (honestly, they’ve been riding that train ever since), it was great. It had shock value, but didn’t change the meaning too much on what had come before – rather, it provided a whole bunch of context.

So let me talk it through, in terms of how it differs from its use in the movies, and then in terms of how it totally makes sense because of the movies.

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Hail Hydra? The New Captain America?

So I should open by saying I haven’t read the comic yet. And it’s an issue number 1, so nobody has that much insight into it. But in this week’s newest All New, All Different Marvel Universe title – Steve Rogers: Captain America #1 – we got to see a shocking twist on a 75 year old beloved character!

Kilgrave Hail Hydra

That’s right, Memes-away, it’s Hydra time! This was one of the most interesting things about Captain America: Winter Soldier, I think especially on a first viewing. The role of Hydra in the MCU is massive! It’s crazy! It sprouted a cool meme, it breathed life into Agents of SHIELD (honestly, they’ve been riding that train ever since), it was great. It had shock value, but didn’t change the meaning too much on what had come before – rather, it provided a whole bunch of context.

So let me talk it through, in terms of how it differs from its use in the movies, and then in terms of how it totally makes sense because of the movies.

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Agent Carter, After Action Report

This weekend I finally watched the last two episodes of Agent Carter. This was a short run series, but I think that worked to its advantage. They show was really able to focus on a story and every week brought us closer to solving the mystery. Overall I think this show did a phenomenal job of introducing us to Peggy Carter, SSR agent and showing us the early days of S.H.I.E.L.D. It also really brought forth the idea of inventions that can do phenomenal things and how those inventions ending up in the wrong hands is incredibly dangerous. I think the other part about the first season that I appreciated is that it served as a nice closure to the time with Steve Rogers and Captain America. There were some great moments in the last couple of episodes that really drew on that connection. For me personally it was great to see a woman lead on a show like this, even though it takes place in the late ’40’s, and drawing on the issues of being a woman in that time. If you have not see the show I recommend you take a weekend and watch the episodes, it is fun romp and a different take on the comic book story. (Mild Spoilers for Agent Carter after the jump.) Continue reading