Captain Hydra / Captain America "Hail Hydra" Edits
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Editor's Note: This entry contains plot spoilers to Captain America: Steve Rogers.
Captain Hydra is a nickname given to the Marvel Comics superhero Captain America in the light of the shocking plot twist that Steve Rogers, the original alter ego of Captain America, has long been a covert agent of HYDRA, the terrorist-paramilitary organization; as revealed in the first issue of Marvel's comic book series Captain America: Steve Rogers released in May 2016. The final panel of the issue, where Captain America utters the phrase "Hail HYDRA", soon became target to photoshops featuring similar scenarios.
On May 25th, 2016, Marvel Comics released the first issue of Captain America: Steve Rogers, a new comic book series in the Captain America franchise written by Nick Spencer and illustrated by artist Jesus Saiz. In the comic, Steve Rogers, the superhero's original alter ego who was succeeded by Sam Wilson after his superpowers were neutralized as a result of removing the supersoldier serum from his body, reprises his role as Captain America, who makes a shocking confession that he has been a longtime secret operative for HYDRA ever since he and his mother were recruited by the evil organization during his childhood. In the final panel of the issue, Steve Rogers pushes one of his colleagues, Jack Flag, out of an airplane and utters the phrase "Hail HYDRA" (shown below).
Immediately upon the release of Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 on May 25th, the shocking reveal of Captain America's true identity was met with overwhelmingly negative responses from the fans of the Marvel comic franchise on Twitter, Tumblr and 4chan, not to mention a similar sense of skepticism from various comic book news sites and blogs as well as entertainment news sites. On March 26th, Chris Evans, the American actor best known for his role as the Marvel Comics superhero Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, tweeted his reaction to the plot twist using the hashtag #sayitaintso (shown below). In less than 24 hours, Evans' tweet garnered more than 88,000 retweets and over 100,000 likes.
On May 27th, Internet artist @BossLogic shared a concept artwork visualizing how Chris Evans would look as the so-called "Captain Hydra" (shown below).
Meanwhile on 4chan's /co/ (comics and cartoon) community, many disgruntled fans of Marvel Comics began churning out photoshopped parodies based on the exploitable image of Captain America saluting "Hail Hydra" in the final panel of the comic book; which quickly spread to other sites as well in the following days as their popularity increased.
 Marvel – CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS (2016) #1
 TIME – A Marvel Editor Explains How Captain America Was a Hydra Agent All Along
 The Daily Dot – New 'Captain America' comic throws Steve Rogers's life as we knew it out the window
 Nerdist – CAPTAIN AMERICA COMIC BOOK TWIST GETS A GLORIOUS MEME
 Complex – Captain America Reveals He's a Hydra Agent, Instantly Becomes Meme
 Twitter – #SayNoToHydraCap
 4chan – So what's the worst 'jumping the shark' moment to sell controversy in Marvel history.
 4chan – I'm going to post this every day until you like it.
 4chan – So cap works for Hydra? Damn, I think this is gonna be interesting
 4chan – Marvel Insider: Nick Spencer Fucked Up Good Edition
 4chan – I Love You, Nick
 Marvel – Captain America
 The Mary Sue – Comics Fans Respond to Captain America’s “Big Secret”
 Hypable – Captain America is a Hydra agent? Tumblr reacts to Marvel’s outrageous twist
 Comic Book – 10 Of The Best Captain America, Agent Of Hydra Memes
 Vox – Captain America’s evil Hydra reveal, explained
 Fusion – The new Captain America is evil--and he’s exactly what America deserves right now
 Twitter – Hashtag Results for #CaptainHydra
 GeekTyrant – Artist Creates Concept Design for Captain Hydra
 Tumblr – Tagged Results for #CaptainHydra
 MTV – 13 HILARIOUSLY DISGUSTED FAN REACTIONS TO HYDRA CAPTAIN AMERICA
 Twitter – Chris Evans' Tweet
 Twitter – BossLogic's Tweet
May 27, 2016 at 05:34PM EDT
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