Captain America is the Super Soldier. More importantly, he represents the best of mankind and the human spirit in the comics. Before and during the Golden age, All Cap did was fight Nazis and foil Hydras plans for world domination. After a year of fighting the Red Skull and his evil minions, the quintessential big blue boy scout of Marvel was put on ice.. quite literally. Trying to save innocent lives from being killed, Captain America crashes a weapon of mass destruction laden plane into uncharted waters in the arctic and is left frozen up until half a century. Then with the modern age of superheroes beginning, the Cap emerges from his frozen cocoon to fight back a new breed of villains from a time unknown and unexplored.
As it turns out, Marvel Comic has decided to put him back on ice again. The Cap is going back to his icy cave.
The Comic-Con International is a paradise for comic book lovers and also a quite place where the lords of Marvel and DC let in the fans on all their little secrets. The Marvel Legacy run is already in full swing with a plot to rival the most critically acclaimed stories in recent years. And if that wasn’t enough, the masters of storytelling have decided to give the story an added, albeit a bit controversial, twist.
In Captain America #698, Captain America is to be iced again in a scenario reminiscent of his past arc. The story will be developed by writer Mark Waid and artist Chris Samnee in the arc Out of Time. The story line will eventually lead to the milestone Captain America #700. Watch out Stevey lovers.. things are gonna get a lot more interesting than you imagined.
Captain America, in the poster released by Marvel, can be seen frozen in ice with a fate as frozen as it can get. It will probably take years before he I thawed out and pushed back into action as the need arises for him to be recalled back into services again.
Mark Waid, the writer penning the story for the Captain America #698 had this to say to the fans:
“Everybody thought it couldn’t happen again—but it has!” SVP and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort said in a statement. “Once more, Cap is a man out of time—but the new era he finds himself in is fraught with perils, personal hardships, and challenges unlike anything the shield-slinger has ever experienced before. The lead-up to our big blow-out #700 issue starts here!”
Steve Rogers was a scrawny little kid until the Super Soldier Serum changed him into the perfect lean, mean fighting machine. He was all America looked for in a soldier and he gave them fantastic results until he was assumed dead after a suicide mission he agreed to went awry and all contact to him was lost. Now making Marvel Comics’ poster child go through the same thing again might be a risky move for Marvel.
We all know about Captain America’s “Hail Hydra” moment. We all know how unworthy of his character it was to portray him as a double agent working for the same organization he was fighting against. The Make-Pretend is believable only up to an extent and Marvel barely got out of it in one piece. Give fan another reason; they just might tear Marvel apart.
But it’s not all bad news. The Writers claim it’s time for Captain America to find a new calling and a new perspective. All he has ever been is an Avenger. Or a part of the Government, doing it’s dirty work and cleaning up Capitol Hill’s messes. Maybe it is time for Captain America to go his own solo Journey. Maybe it is time to Captain America to take a look at the people he is fighting for, has been fighting for, for so long. Marvel Legacy is here to put that story to paper.
“We’re actually going to get away from them for just a little while, Waid said. “The through line basically is Cap is tired of being the comics, the Marvel Universe’s biggest couch surfer. He’s not really had a place of residence other than Avengers Mansion for a long long time, so sort of out in America like looking, going from town to town, city to city, sort of looking for the place to land. If I’m going to be a part of America, if I’m going to be Captain America, I need to be part of the country.”
Captain America #698 goes on sale next year on February. For the Marvel lover in you, it will be a bumpy ride. Brace Yourselves.