Marvel creator Stan Lee weighs in on Captain America controversy at MegaCon Orlando
Maybe if Captain America had settled down with a wholesome boyfriend he wouldn't be in this mess.
The past couple of weeks saw the Sentinel of Liberty trending on the interwebs. One was a call from comic book readers to #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend, similar to the trending #GiveElsaAGirlfriend hashtag. Both called on huge franchises Disney and Marvel to make iconic pop culture characters LGBTQ.
Another wasn't so good. #SayNoToHYDRACap surfaced after the newest Cap series, Captain America: Steve Rogers, revealed the first Avenger to be an agent of the Nazi terrorist group HYDRA.
Captain America, a long standing symbol of freedom and justice, has always been one of the good guys. Since his creation, Cap has fought against the bullies and injustices of HYDRA. The things the group did to Cap's best friend, Bucky Barnes, sparked a personal vendetta. HYDRA and Captain America are like Batman and the Joker, Superman and Lex Luthor, high-heeled shoes and soft grass. They're enemies. Always have been, and we hoped they always would be.
Stan Lee, legendary creator for Marvel comics, weighed in on the Steve Rogers controversy at this weekend's MegaCon in Orlando. He and fellow creator Jack Kirby are no strangers to comic book retcons. The two revised the Captain's backstory and reintroduced him in 1964's The Avengers #4.
He thought making Captain America a double agent was "clever" and "crazy," and "they'll probably do a movie based on it." Probably.
"I don't know that I would ever have thought of it, for him to be a double agent," he said in response to an audience question during Thursday's panel. "But it's going to make you curious, and it's going to make you want to read the books."
"I think it's crazy," he said. "But it's a good idea."
Possibly the perfect response from the 93-year-old creator of the X-Men, Hulk, Iron Man and Thor.
Some fans, however, didn't think the reveal was so clever.
Many were outraged that their favorite superhero has been a villain all along. Parents of penned angry messages about their children now looking up to a villain, longtime fans posted open letters to the series creators and called for boycotts of the entire Marvel line.
Some thought the comic was an insult to Cap's creators and a poor excuse to sell more comics.
— Kenneth (@earthtokenny) May 25, 2016
Some were furious that making Cap a villainous Nazi agent was a better solution that giving him a boyfriend.
they refused to make cap gay bc it wouldnt be realistic but making him a nazi makes sense alright! #SayNoToHYDRACap— cait (@cocainezayn) May 25, 2016
#SayNoToHYDRACap bc giving him a boyfriend would ruin 75 years worth of characterization but turning him into a nazi is totally fine— ely (@kenobuckyy) May 25, 2016
Even Captain America himself, actor Chris Evans, weighed in.
Hydra?!?!? #sayitaintso— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) May 26, 2016
Others simply refused to believe it and called on Marvel to fix what they think writer Nick Spencer ruined.
Fans even went so far as to create an online petition to stop Hydra Cap before it goes any further.
We all know what really needs to happen with Captain America to make this all better.
— sara saw cw (@kissingallavich) May 24, 2016
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