There is no end to the number of stories, or what can happen in the world of comic books. Heroes, villains, cosmic entities–you name it–are all pawns in the grand scheme of our entertainment. However, there are times when some stories can be deemed too controversial, especially when it comes to some of the more popular characters adored by the world at large. Captain America is definitely a heavy hitter in the world of comics and a premiere hero as the traditional leader of Marvel Comics’ Avengers. However, two new twists to the First Avenger have fanboys and the general public up in arms!
First, just in time for Cap’s 75th Anniversary, comic readers learn he has been a double agent his entire career for the fictional terrorist organization, HYDRA! Apparently, he was recruited as a kid in the 1920s. Fans have been in a uproar over the revelation, feeling it sullies the character and does not make since he would be apart of an organization he has been fighting for nearly a century. Naturally the memes came flying, check them out below:
Surprisingly, Cap’s creator, Stan Lee is on board with it:
It’s a hell of a clever idea; 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, so I can’t fault it; it’s a good idea. I think it’s crazy, but it’s a good idea.
Cap’s next twist brought any even more negative reaction when some fans began to trend a hashtag, #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend! Yep, some Marvel fans are lobbing for the Star-Spangled hero to become one of the latest characters to join the LGBTQ community. The hashtag was trending for more than three days, spawning thousands of supportive tweets. They argue that queer kids needs a hero too and since he represents democracy and equality, then he would make the perfect role model. There is also that theory that he and Bucky Barnes, better known as The Winter Soldier are more than just childhood friends. Some fans feel they could be the perfect couple.
We are all for inclusiveness when it comes to the world of comics, or any form of entertainment when it comes to the representation of LGBTQ people. However, we have to draw the line with Cap. Just as some people are heterosexual, so is the traditional version–meaning we aren’t talking about alternate universe Captain Americas–is straight. Leave well enough alone! Might we suggest making an all-new gay superhero, or just using any of the dozens Marvel has already created. Do the names Iceman, Northstar, Karma, Wiccan, Hulkling, or Prodigy ring a bell? What do you think about these recent controversies surrounding Captain America? Sound off in the comments section below!