Spoilers for Captain America: Steve Rogers #1
With the two simple words “Hail Hydra,” Wednesday’s Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 suggested that Marvel’s newly-rejuvenated Captain America is in cahoots with the long-time villainous organization Hydra (but we'll see). As readers picked up the issue – or learned through second-hand from social media and news reports such as ours - this surprise storytelling twist provoked an intense response from ardent and casual fans alike.
Some responses from fans to Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 ‘Superior Soldier’ reveal have gone deeper however, and darker. Series writer Nick Spencer has been on the receiving ends of Twitter attacks we won't dignify by citing here, but a few of them - some deleted, some remaining - have included what's sadly now the inevitable death threats.
Spencer has not directly responded to these online, but on Wednesday evening took the high road, tweeting:
“I can’t respond to 9000 tweets per second, but if I could, I would say I admire your passion,” sais Spencer.
Spencer was unable to be reached for comment on the social media attacks, and Marvel has declined to comment.
Readers even took to social media to seek out anyone who ever had anything to do with Captain America, including creators who are no longer involved with the character or even Marvel Comics.
“Again - I don't work for Marvel, and haven't for almost five years, so please stop inundating me with this stuff,” tweeted Ed Brubaker, former Cap writer and creator of the Winter Soldier.
Marvel’s Executive Editor Tom Brevoort, who oversaw Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 and numerous other status quo shifts for the character, ended Wednesday with a tongue-in-cheek response.
“After a long Wednesday of destroying an American icon, I like to relax with the latest episode of #TheAmericans ...”
Google it if you don't get the joke.