In the wake of the reveal that Captain America may be a secret Hydra agent, many fans have speculated what Cap's creators would think of the story. While Joe Simon and Jack Kirby have both passed, Stan Lee, who modernized Captain America alongside Jack Kirby, has weighed in in favor of the shocking twist.
"It's a hell of a clever idea,” Lee told an audience at MegaCon (via Comicbook). “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."
Lee and Kirby authored several stories in which Captain America professes to align himself with his enemies, including Tales of Suspense #67, when a mind controlled Steve Rogers pledges his allegiance to Red Skull and the Third Reich.
Others have also weighed in on the twist, with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Clark Gregg telling writer Nick Spencer via Twitter, "You tell your story. I'll wait and see where it goes."
Meanwhile, filmmaker and noted comic book fan Kevin Smith chimed in, tweeting that the story "could be fun but won't be canon change," citing a scene from Captain America: The First Avenger in which Steve Rogers protects other military cadets from what he believes is a live grenade as proof of his true character.