UPDATED: MARVEL Asks CAP Fans For Patience With SECRET EMPIRE... and May Have Spoiled the Ending

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Updated May 2, 2017 at 6:06 p.m. EST: Marvel has since provided the full statement which ABC News printed in excerpts for its story. Here it is as follows:

With Marvel Comics' Secret Empire, the forces of Hydra have taken over and, due to the villainous actions of the Red Skull, have manipulated Marvel’s greatest hero, Captain America, and forced him to adopt their cause. At Marvel, we want to assure all of our fans that we hear your concerns about aligning Captain America with Hydra and we politely ask you to allow the story to unfold before coming to any conclusion. Your passion for the Marvel Universe is what keeps us going every day. We want to keep providing our fans with exciting adventures and presenting characters with dimension.

Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, will always be a cornerstone of the Marvel Universe who will stand up for what is right, and Secret Empire will be the biggest challenge Steve has ever faced. What you will see at the end of this journey is that his heart and soul -- his core values, not his muscle or his shield -- are what save the day against Hydra and will further prove that our heroes will always stand against oppression and show that good will always triumph over evil.


Original Story: Angry about Captain America's evil turn as Hydra's superior soldier and the follow-through with Secret Empire? Marvel says relax.

In a statement provided to its Disney sister company ABC News (as well as some pages from Secret Empire #2), the House of Ideas said that Captain America will eventually "stand up for what is right."

Credit: Marvel Comics

"With Marvel Comics’ Secret Empire, the forces of Hydra have taken over and, due to the villainous actions of the Red Skull, have manipulated Marvel’s greatest hero, Captain America, and forced him to adopt their cause," the statement to ABC News reads. "At Marvel, we want to assure all of our fans that we hear your concerns about aligning Captain America with Hydra and we politely ask you to allow the story to unfold before coming to any conclusion."

Marvel specifically cites fans' "passion" as what propells the publisher, and that "Captain America, will always be a cornerstone of the Marvel Universe who will stand up for what is right, and Secret Empire will be the biggest challenge Steve has ever faced."

"What you will see at the end of this journey is that his heart and soul - his core values, not his muscle or his shield - are what save the day against Hydra and will further prove that our heroes will always stand against oppression and show that good will always triumph over evil."

Secret Empire #1 comes out this Wednesday, with plans for the event to culminate in August.

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