I was totally in the middle of an article entitled "In Defense Of… Secret Empire" when this dropped.
Wary of outside media, Marvel's owner's own TV station, ABC News has run a puff piece for Secret Empire #1, out tomorrow from Marvel Comics. With A Hydra-ized Captain America. Latonya Pennington, just look the other way for this bit.
We learn that issue 1, out tomorrow, will have Captain America is listed in the "Hydra Command" introduction section of issue 1, alongside villains like Baron Zemo, Hive and others.
That they are targeting Hawkeye, Black Widow, Ant-Man and so more while Captain Marvel and Doctor Strange are exiled.
And that Cap and Hydra believe they are bringing order and strength to society by taking over.
Basically, that they are worthy. And that a fair number of people in the USA agree with that, and find themselves supporting the Hydra takeover of the USA.
But with all the concern expressed over the Nazi and fascist themes of Hydra co-opting characters created by Jewish comic creators as anti-Nazi champions, Marvel have given a statement to ABC News which reads,
"With Marvel Comics' 'Secret Empire,' the forces of Hydra have taken over and, due to the villainous actions of the Red Skull, have manipulated Marvel's greatest hero, Captain America, and forced him to adopt their cause. At Marvel, we want to assure all of our fans that we hear your concerns about aligning Captain America with Hydra and we politely ask you to allow the story to unfold before coming to any conclusion…
That the passion of fans is what keeps the company moving forward and that Captain America, will always be a cornerstone of the Marvel Universe who will stand up for what is right, and 'Secret Empire' will be the biggest challenge Steve has ever faced."
"What you will see at the end of this journey is that his heart and soul — his core values, not his muscle or his shield — are what save the day against Hydra and will further prove that our heroes will always stand against oppression and show that good will always triumph over evil".
Secret Empire #1 is out tomorrow and Secret Empire FCBD out on Saturday.
They also have some art from Secret Empire #2… which appears to be set in New York City, locked off bu the Darkforce Dimension.