I have felt like I needed to be nice and diplomatic about this nazi captain america thing for weeks now but I’m so over it
— Kate Leth🌈C2E2 I-11 (@kateleth) April 20, 2017
Many of us found Marvel executive David Gabriel’s comments about diverse characters being the cause of falling sales particularly infuriating and dumbfounding, because readers are tired of expensive and disappointing events—and oh yeah CAPTAIN AMERICA BEING A GODDAMNED NAZI.
With the latest Secret Empire supposition that our beloved fighter against fascism Steve Rogers has always been a villain, the Internet wasn’t about to sit down and take that one quietly.
Marvel: captain america feasts on the still-beating hearts of babies
Marvel: whoa, look at this backlash against diversity
— Eric Haywood (@EricHaywood) April 20, 2017
The creators of the new Cap comics—particularly writer Nick Spencer, who saw the widespread reaction to his Hydra Cap issues and decided to double down—can’t dodge this one. Captain America, created by Jews in a time before the US had joined World War II (but lots of European Jews were already suffering), punched Hitler smack in the face in his iconic first cover. Cap has history that matters.
A superhero that has stood for seventy years as a bulwark against fascism and as an adherent of truth and justice (even siding against America when it has messed up) is imbued with more symbolic power than the Secret Empire creatives want to acknowledge.
@TomatoGrandpa “Is this a commentary on the rise of fascism in America?” Nick: “no, we have to listen to both sides, also here are some supervillain SJWs”
— Sass (@sasugakirin) April 21, 2017
This reader speaks for us all and perfectly summarizes my emotions where Steve Rogers is concerned:
Captain America, Steve, sweetie I’m sorry I’m so sorry these ugly ass bitches would even say that oh my God https://t.co/oicxyz7g4J
— J🍑 (@multiversetony) April 21, 2017
Too true. Too true.
— Dan Foster (@Weerd1) April 21, 2017
“Thanks for turning Captain America into a Nazi, Marvel.” -Nazis
— Bosch Fawstin (@BoschFawstin) April 20, 2017
And over on Facebook, some Marvel writers were already generating their own creative solutions to the problem. I approved. Make love, not fascism, amiright?
Nick Spencer, stop, pls.
Nick Spencer: Captain America is a nazi
Nick Spencer: I str8splain Stonewall
Nick Spencer: don’t punch nazis
Twitter: stop pls
Nick Spencer: pic.twitter.com/2oiySZjX07
— thalestral ❤ (@thalestral) April 17, 2017
Reporters who cover this stuff for a living are as pissed off as fans are. Because 9 times out of 10 we are such massive fangirls and fanboys and fanpeople that we somehow managed to turn it into a career.
Secret Empire starts today, I wonder how Captain America’s gonna … Oh. https://t.co/gnCzihc7VR
— Polygon (@Polygon) April 19, 2017
EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE IN COMICS AND EVERYTHING HURTS.
— The A.V. Club (@TheAVClub) April 21, 2017
Get your shit together, Marvel. This is why readers are ignoring you.
— Tony (@francisbartons) April 8, 2017
Meanwhile, actual genuine Captain America Chris Evans is embodying the spirit of his character far better than Marvel Comics.
People. PEOPLE. Hellboy and Hercules Mulligan are ready to team up with Captain America. This writes itself!!! pic.twitter.com/ZJ7hF2WWPt
— Alan Sizzler Kistler (@SizzlerKistler) April 17, 2017
Captain America, Hellboy, and Hercules Mulligan team-up to go after Nazis? There’s a comic I would read, like, yesterday. And for a brief moment of time while I considered this, everything was beautiful and there was no pain.
(featured image: Marvel Comics)
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