Captain America has been one of the most revered, principled and loved superhero of all times across the comic-book universe until he turned. Shockingly, Captain America was suggested to be a mole or traitor in the new Marvel comics titled Captain America: Steve Rogers # 1 created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby who brought the character to life 75 years ago. He is shown to be a sleeping member of Hydra. Elisa Sinclair, who spends her time helping the poor of New York, rescued the young Steve Rogers from his abusive father. Elisa is shown as a member the HYDRA Society in the 1920s, and she insists Steve Rogers and his mother join HYDRA as well.
In the Captain America: Steve Rogers # 2, Marvel revealed the mystery behind the entire conspiracy, apparently, Red Skull used the cosmic cube to implant the false memories inside Steve Roger’s head to make him think he is HYDRA agent.
In the issue Captain America: Steve Rogers # 10, Cap is constantly trying to remove Mariah Hill from the leadership position, but his plans are soon derailed when Hill came up with a daring plan to create a giant energy field to thwart Red Skull’s sinister alien invasion agenda.
In the end, Mariah Hill was fired from her position and world council asks Captain America to nominate a person to oversee military and covert operations. He chose Sharon Carter who now enjoys greater powers owing to the S.H.I.E.L.D Act including dragnet surveillance, wire-tapping etc. She was offered Directorship by the World Council but she declined, instead suggested Captain America’s name for the post. The wrap-up issue Civil War II: The Oath confirmed this development.
If that wasn’t enough, Red Skull took over Sokovia with significant Hydra’s presence in the Eastern European region. S.H.I.E.L.D fell and is totally compromised as Steve Rogers is calling the shots. In the recent issue Captain America: Steve Rogers # 15, we saw Red Skull and Steve back and forth in their power struggle from the days of World War II. Schmidt managed to then take over H.Y.D.R.A by threatening the lives of Elisa Sinclair and Helmut Zemo.
At present, when Red Skull met Cap, he challenged Herr Schmidt for the leadership of Hydra. Before Red Skull could react, Steve pushed him off the window, killing him and claiming control of entire H.Y.D.R.A.
Fans have been wondering where was Agent Coulson when evil Captain America was wreaking havoc upon S.H.I.E.L.D. Well, he was chasing leads and found hidden Chitauri nest kept by Steve Rogers as he knew aliens would attack the Earth. He immediately put Cap under surveillance and launched an investigation. But before he could do anything, he found his communications jammed, S.H.I.E.L.D Agents cut off from colleagues.
Captain America hired Wade Wilson/ Deadpool into S.H.I.E.L.D and ordered the murder of Coulson. He fired at Coulson’s signature ride. Coulson survived somehow, but Deadpool cornered him and killed him on sight believing Steve Rogers is still the principles man he once was. Further, he was seen wearing a suit akin to H.Y.D.R.A. high-ranking officer Kraken.
Well, then we got another shocker as evil Captain Hydra killed Black Widow in Secret Empire #7 as she came for Cap with a small team comprising of Ms. Marvel, Miles Morales. Ulysses, the inhuman with abilities predicted that it would be Miles Morales who will kill Hydra Cap.
As Morales attempts to kill Cap, Black Widow intervened and got her neck snapped by the shield. Yes, down goes Natasha Romanoff.
But don’t worry Marvel fans, she is alive in the MCU. But many are now speculating that Marvel studio could adapt “Secret Empire” storyline on a big screen, if it happens, in Avengers 4, we will have Skrulls so it’s possible Skrull Cap kills Skrull Natasha or Skrull Natasha kills real Natasha.
This incident shocked the conscience of the Avengers and others and they decided to up the ante against evil Cap. They launched a major offensive which broke Roger’s defenses, finally, they tasted a small victory for the first time.
But it didn’t last long as Helmut Zemo captured Black Panther and secured Cosmic cube fragment. In the end, Bucky Barnes slipped into HYDRA and freed Panther.
As Secret empire reaches its climax, Captain America has become an evil deity and an epitome of neo-fascist ideals.
The Cosmic Cube is one of the most powerful objects in the Marvel universe at par with Infinity gauntlet. With such an enormous power at his disposal, there is nothing much that Avengers can do except wishing that he doesn’t get the last fragment (which is with Sam Wilson) which would neutralize his goodness.
Well, there is no way that the writers can restore the patriotism of Captain America through a magic wand, his sins can’t be redeemed just like that. But do you really think Marvel comics will let Steve Rogers to fall off the cliff and betray the faith of millions of Americans? I don’t think so. So how will things go to normal? There is a strong speculation that Marvel will pull off a “dopple-ganger” trick and then the ‘new’ Steve Rogers will be brought from Marvel Ultimate Universe. He is a leader of the “Ultimates” who could be a mystical remnant of cosmic cube’s altering Marvel history. He is the “real Steve Rogers” who will bring down the evil imposter.
Let’s wait and watch.