By Joanna Cosgrove
Who can hate Marvel? In under a decade, we have been introduced to so many personalities in the Marvel universe, in the form of the MCU: The Marvel Cinematic Universe. We were given genetically modified heroes, trained warriors and those with the luck of highly evolved technology on their side. Most importantly, we were given heroes.
Heroes, true, come in all shapes and sizes; they can be fictional or real; they can be of any race, any gender, possessing any abilities, great or minor. They all have that one thing in common: they inspire.
Boys and girls alike can relate to the butt-kicking champions we see on the big (and small) screen. Men and women can relive the old times they had when they first experienced these beings between the paper pages of their classic comic books. We all can form these connections with heroes, especially those of the Marvel universe, because we all want to save the world and never give in to the villains who only want to battle and destroy.
That is what makes Marvel’s latest move a tragic one.
As most, if not all Marvel fans are aware of already, Captain America has a new comic book series coming out, labelled Steve Rogers: Captain America, which I’m sure at first gained a few “woo”s and “yippee”s from hardcore Cap fans. Then more details were slipping out and – I would say spoiler warning, but let’s face it, you ain’t reading the comic if you care about what’s happened to Rogers.
The comic series is set to begin with the announcement by Rogers that he had been a member of Hydra. In one sentence, Marvel had dirtied the beautiful and patriotic name of Captain America, and I – like many others – am not impressed.
Tom Brevoort, an executive editor at Marvel Comics, had commented clearly and truly that “the most trusted hero in the Marvel universe is now secretly a deep-cover Hydra operative”. And there’s no problem with that? Seriously?
I do not know, nor really wish to know, what possessed the people in charge of Captain America’s comic arcs to decide that this would be an appropriate twist to throw into the universe. This isn’t some sick, twisted fanfiction that someone created to be “edgy” or “different”; this is Marvel. This is canon. This is disturbing.
To continue quoting Brevoort: “You should feel uneasy about the fact that everything you know and love about Steve Rogers can be upended.”
And you should feel uneasy about the fact that every fan that purchases and reads your comics can stop paying to read said comics, watch your movies and television shows, and collect your figurines of every costume these heroes ever wore.
This isn’t creativity; this is throwing away one of the longest standing symbols for pure American pride.
Look at it this way: turning Cap into an agent from Hydra is most disrespectful when you learn about his origins.
Remember, Captain America wasn’t always Marvel’s mightiest Avenger. Cap was used as a voice of inspiration among Americans during times of war, of death and sorrow and fear. He was a bright light in bleak dangerous darkness.
And remember, Hydra was to Captain America what the Nazi party was to America (among many other countries and continents). They were/are both soulless organisations running mainly on the desire to control and manipulate the world to their liking and the only way they can perform this, it seems, is through murder and genocide.
In the times where innocent, peace-loving lives were lost defending the lands they love, they needed something to keep up spirits. In comes Captain America, created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby – two talented Jewish cartoonists – to give America hope that evil will never win because our hero in red, white and blue will not allow it.
Can everyone see how disrespectful, on so many levels, this would appear?
I will leave everyone to make their opinions, because I have made mine crystal clear in this article. I advise people, to keep the pure image of Steve Rogers in your mind for the rest of your days, to ignore this series and disbelief what Marvel want to turn Rogers into.
If you decide to read on, read on. To each their own – a rule I shall always enforce in topics relating to the entertainment industry. I hope you can appreciate this in a way I and many others cannot (genuinely, I promise, enjoy your reading).