Last week, Marvel Comics threw a major spanner in the works with the shocking revelation in Steve Rogers: Captain America #1 that , rather than the all-American hero we’ve known for almost a century.
It’s fair to say the twist in some corners of the internet, with some Marvel fans coming for blood and others rather than buy the next Steve Rogers issue as a form of protest. In my opinion that doesn’t make any sense at all, but whatever.
Captain America himself even took two minutes out from being a filthy traitor to weigh in on the issue…
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans)
Quit feigning ignorance, Rogers, we know your game.
Now, another major face from the MCU has made his feelings on the big twist known via the classic medium of Twitter.
Check out what Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Clark Gregg has to say on the matter:
thank you sir! I think you’ll like where it goes 🙂
— Nick Spencer (@nickspencer)
Considering that Coulson himself has been at the centre of a couple of major twists in the MCU – like how he was dead, then he wasn’t – it’s not a surprise that he might be the voice of reason the world so desperately needs in the wake of Hydra-gate.
Nick Spencer, who’s responsible for writing the current saga, had this to say about the decision to make Cap a double agent when speaking to :
I started asking, who’s the worst person [a valuable HYDRA plant] could possibly be? It was really obvious straight away that there’s nobody who could do more damage and nobody that could be more valuable than Steve Rogers. That was really the genesis. It sprang pretty organically from story ideas that were already on the table.”
My take on this is that there’s no point writing it off until we know exactly what Spencer has in store for us with the next few comics. Writing the twist off as being ‘designed to shock’ kind of misses the point that comics have been built on insane twists like this for a whole century. Why not wait and see where it goes?
And in the meantime, we have tweets like this one to chuckle over.
Twitter is horrified to learn that comics sometimes use wild, temporary plot twists to sell issues.