By now, you’ve no doubt already heard that this week’s Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 featured the shocking reveal that the hero is secretly an Agent of HYDRA. Fans are obviously outraged, with some going so far as to threaten writer Nick Spencer, and Marvel has faced a huge amount of backlash from both them and media outlets over the past 24 hours.
Ed Brubaker (whose work inspired Captain America: The Winter Soldier) has asked fans to stop contacting him on Twitter with their complaints – he hasn’t actually written for the publisher for over five years now – and Captain America: Civil War star Chris Evans has also decided to weigh in on the decision to take the hero in this controversial direction.
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) May 26, 2016
Whether the actor is just poking fun at the situation or genuinely mad and/or shocked at Marvel’s decision to out Captain America as a bad guy is hard to say, but with the publisher confirming that this version of Steve Rogers isn’t a clone, imposter, or under some sort of spell, this appears to be the character’s new status quo moving forward.
Does this mean we’ll end up seeing the big screen version of Captain America go down a similarly villainous path? Probably not. Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios are two separate entities, and chances are they won’t adapt a story which has caused so much outrage (at least not if Evans has his way).