The action figure variant shows Steve Rogers wearing a Captain America costume that replaces the red, white and blue with Hydra colors. A Hydra costume was hinted at on Mark Brooks' cover to the issue, which can also be seen below, but Marvel has yet to confirm or deny that the costume will actually be seen in the story.
The costume color swap is representative of the Secret Empire story. Captain America is secretly an agent of Hydra and has acquired the power necessary to lead Hydra to control fo the United States of America. When the other heroes of the Marvel Universe realize that the best of them has been corrupted, the Avengers, the Champions, the Defenders, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the X-Men, the Inhumans, Deadpool, and more will join forces to fight against the Hydra coup.
“Secret Empire is the rallying cry for all the heroes -- Avengers, Guardians, Defenders, X-Men, Spider-Man, Deadpool – to put aside their differences and unify in the defense of the Marvel Universe," Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso said in a statement.
Secret Empire kicks off in May and will be preceded by a Secret Empire Free Comic Book Day issue and Secret Empire #0. Take a look at the action figure variant and other covers below.
SECRET EMPIRE #1
Written by NICK SPENCER
Art by STEVE MCNIVEN
Cover by MARK BROOKS
On Sale in May!