Separated At Birth? Hydra Superior Octopus and Neo-Nazi Richard Spencer

Art by Guiseppe Camuncoli
Art by Guiseppe Camuncoli

Amazing Spider-Man #25 recently gave us a new, rejuvenated Otto Octavius. Using a proto-clone body, stabilised using his own science, and transferring his own consciousness into it, Doctor Octopus gained new life as a newly empowered form, even down to his very own 'octopus sense'.

And he also has a new power base – in the form of Marvel's very own alternative right (whatever you do, don't say Nazi), fascist organisation, Hydra!


But is it just me, or does this new Doc Ock, aligned with a far right, might is right, master race loving organisation, look kinda familiar? I mean, doesn't he look kinda like alt-right spokesman and figurehead, Richard Spencer?

it's got the hair, the spit curl, the sunken eyes, the ranty expression
it's got the hair, the spit curl, the sunken eyes, the ranty expression

I mean, it's a handy parallel, I guess. Marvel have been working very hard to push that Hydra are not Nazis, just like the the Alt-Right movement. Yet both organisations, the fictional and the real life one, have some pretty hardline fascist beliefs.

Seems I'm not the only person to have wondered.

Here in the column formerly known as Swipe File, where Bleeding Cool makes no claims ourselves, we like to leave that question to our readers: is this a swipe, homage, or coincidence? Let us know in the poll below:


Separated At Birth: Spencer vs Ock

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About Joe Glass

Joe Glass has been contributing to Bleeding Cool for about four years. He's been a roaming reporter at shows like SDCC and NYCC, and also has a keen LGBTQ focus, with his occasional LGBTQ focus articles, Tales from the Four Color Closet. He is also now Bleeding Cool's Senior Mutant Correspondent thanks to his obsession with Marvel's merry mutants. Joe is also a comics creator, writer of LGBTQ superhero team series, The Pride, the first issue of which was one of the Top 25 ComiXology Submit Titles of 2014. He is also a co-writer on Stiffs, a horror comedy series set in South Wales about call centre workers who hunt the undead by night. One happens to be a monkey. Just because.
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