Does Amazing Spider-Man #25 Confirm That Magneto Is Hydra? Or Has Nazi Hair? (SPOILERS)

There has been considerable concern expressed on-line regarding the supposition that Magneto, a genocidal fascist, is to be portrayed in the upcoming Secret Empire series as a member of Hydra. Because he is a Jewish character from the death camps of Auschwitz, and Hydra are considered the same as the Nazis.

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There are counter-arguments that Hydra are a separate fascist organization originating in East Asia, who attempted to use the Nazi Party, only to be subsumed by it, especially by the Red Skull. A figure it appears will have been murdered by the New Hydra, led by a Captain America sleeper agent and with a Madame Hydra who was always opposed to any allegiance with the Nazis. This is, for want of a better word, an Anit-Nazi Hydra. Still fascists though. And it's the insidious appeal of fascism that Nick Spencer is exploring with the Secret Empire comic book, how such a movement can emerge, take control through legal means, until it's too late to do anything.

Anyway. One of the other arguments is that the Magneto cover is just a cover. A variant cover. With no more representation of the inside of a comic book than a Skottie Young variant.

Which would have stood up a lot more if the Mystery Hydra Villain variant cover for Secret Empire #2…

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…didn't really resemble a twist in today's Amazing Spider-Man #25.

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You may have read a Bleeding Cool article from Monday morning (if you could find it) but now we have a few more details regarding exactly what the new Otto Octavius, Doctor Octopus, looks like and behaves like.

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In a clone body, a mix of Ottio Octavius and Peter Parker, with Spider-Man powers (including his new octopus-sense) and Otto brain. Oh and new haircut.

Just remember, don't call it a nazi haircut.

How about an alt-right-parting? And when Otto discovers his old hideaway has been taken over by Hydra, he is persuaded to do a deal and big up his resources.

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And that's why the Secret Empire variant cover will be The Superior Octopus Of Hydra. So if you follow that logic then, yes, Magneto is probably Hydra too after all.

I wonder what Magneto's haircut is like under that helmet?

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Of course, Spider-Man has other things to worry about.

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He's a social justice worrier!

Amazing Spider-Man #25 is published by Marvel Comics today for $9.99.

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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