Marvel Comics may be trying to say something about how far America has fallen, post-Obama. But it’s hard to tell from the money.
Take its new series, Secret Empire, wherein the patriotic icon Captain America achieves ultimate power, but is revealed to be an agent of Russia. I mean, Hydra.
It’s confusing signaling, given that, in Reality, Marvel’s CEO Ike Perlmutter donated $100,000 to President [REDACTED]’s presidential campaign. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the quite private Perlmutter even showed up at U.S. Central Command headquarters with the new administration.
Alongside, it should be noted, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who would resign a week later after taking heavy fire from accusations that he’s working as an agent of Hydra. I mean, Russia.
The hyperreality thickens:
What if your greatest ally was secretly your greatest enemy? What if the most trustworthy, stalwart hero history has ever known has been planning in secret a massive betrayal? That time is now. And you won’t be ready for…SECRET EMPIRE! Before the premier comic launch of 2017, superstar creators Nick Spencer and Daniel Acuña toss the every hero of the Marvel Universe into a fiery crucible as Captain America’s master plan is cast into action with April’s SECRET EMPIRE #0!
The Marvel Universe is under siege from within! Captain America, secretly a true believer in the cause of Hydra, has turned his back on the Super Hero community. Using the trust and respect he has gained over the years he has ascended to a position where he can enacts Hydra’s ideals. The death of Jack Flag, the trial of Maria Hill, the second Civil War, the alien Chitauri Queen. All of the dominos of Captain America’s plan have been laid out – and it will take only the slightest push to set them into action!
“Wherever you find favor within the Marvel Universe, SECRET EMPIRE is a story for you,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “When the world’s most respected and trusted super hero, Captain America, assumes ultimate power and goes bad, it serves as a rallying cry for all the heroes. Avengers, X-Men, Guardians, Inhumans and street-level heroes unite to fight for the fate – and soul – of the Marvel Universe.”
Now, the Avengers, the Champions, the Defenders, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the X-Men and more will be tested. As Hydra’s grip tightens around the Marvel Universe, the heroes stand at the precipice of an unprecedented challenge. How will they Marvel Universe cope with this shattering betrayal by the most trusted among them? The secret is out this April in SECRET EMPIRE #0!