Stan Lee has weighed in on the Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 comic, controversially backing Nick Spencer’s Hydra plot twist.
It is safe to say the recent plot twist in the rebooted Captain America comics- that Cap is actually a Hydra agent, has been met with an overwhelmingly negative response. Nick Spencer has seen criticism from all angles regarding the racist undertones of the plot twist, but he has since received backing from the Marvel supremo Stan Lee, who speaking at a MegaCon panel event said that the whole concept is ‘crazy, but it’s a good idea.’
Lee then went on to further praise the idea adding: ‘I don’t know that I would ever have thought of it for him to be a double agent, but it’s going to make you curious, it’s going to make you want to read the books, they’ll probably do a movie based on it.’
Spencer previously defended his idea when he factored in the previous Captain America comic series by Rick Remender which ‘had been building towards this story of Hydra having infiltrated various institutions of government and various super teams. I thought that sounded like too big of a story. I drilled it down and thought, what if there’s just one very valuable Hydra plant? What if they’re looking for 100 people, but there’s just one?’
In regards to a plot twist, it certainly was a shocker. It is something of a surprise that Stan Lee has backed such a major U-turn for one of Marvel’s most beloved and popular heroes, but only time will tell as to whether the series succeeds or not, and it’s not fair to judge it after only one issue.
You can see Stan Lee discussing this issue and others in the video below.