In an M. Night Shyamalan style turn of events, Captain America has been turned into a Hydra agent by a sentient Cosmic Cube called Kobik. It’s one of the biggest twists in the history of the House of Ideas and beginning in the coming months, Marvel is launching Secret Empire, the biggest crossover event of the year.
In Secret Empire, Steve Rogers uses his new-found position as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. to take control of the country and turn it into a fascist state run by Hydra.
With such a big crossover event planned, there are several tie-ins scheduled including Secret Empire: Brave New World. In an interview with Nerdist, writer Paul Allor and editor Charles Beacham revealed that not only would the original group of Invaders be making a comeback, but an All-New version of Patriot would debut in the event. The character is even featured on the cover of the tie-in’s second issue.
“This series shows how many different characters—heroes, villains, and everyone in between—from all across the Marvel Universe are effected by the Hydra take over and it’s VERY integral to Secret Empire,” Beacham stated. “I think, for me, the interesting thing about Secret Empire is the way Steve manages to convince longtime allies to side with him. He’s not just an all-out villain. He’s still Steve he still wants to save the world. His process for doing it is just different… You’ll have to pick it up!”
The Patriot moniker has been used between two characters — the Golden Age Jeffrey Mace and the most recent Elijah “Eli” Bradley — but neither representative from Marvel hinted at which version would be making his first appearance in a post-Secret Wars universe.
Of note, Jeffrey Mace (Jason O’Mara) is currently the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., so it’d be another chance for the House of Ideas to start incorporating current live-action stars into their comic universe.
Both issues of Secret Empire: Brave New World are slated to be at local comic shops across the country in June.