Yesterday’s release of Marvel’s Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 sent shockwaves through fandom. Nick Spencer and Jesus Saiz’s story implies that Steve Rogers is secretly a Hydra agent, and may have been recruited into the terrorist organization as a child. Fans were distressed at what this could mean for the iconic and patriotic Avenger’s past, present, and future.
Word of Captain America’s dark turn seems to have reached Chris Evans, the actor who plays the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Steve Rogers. Evans responded to the news with a simple tweet reading, “Hydra?!?!? #sayitaintso.”
Evans has played through a somewhat similar scenario on screen. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it was revealed that the entire S.H.I.E.L.D. organization had been compromised by Hydra up through its highest ranks, and had in fact been under Hydra’s thumb since its earliest days. In that story, Captain America proved to be a singular, incorruptible force that helped root out and remove Hydra’s influence. In the current Marvel Comics Universe, it seems those roles may be reversed.
Evans most recently took up the shield in Captain America: Civil War. Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.
Captain America: Civil War is currently playing in theaters.