Spoilers ahead for this week's Captain America: Sam Wilson #7.
Marvel Comics had already spoiled the fact that Steve Rogers would be regaining his youthful vigor and Super Soldier Serum-infused powers this spring in time for his new ongoing series, but the question as to how wasn't answered until this week's Captain America: Sam Wilson #7.
If you recall, Rogers was robbed of his powers in 2014's Captain America #21 when the Iron Nail neutralized the effects of the serum, causing the WW2 vet's body to revert to what it's natural state would be for a 90+ year old man. With that, Rogers relinquished the mantle of Captain America to the Falcon, but continued to be active strategist for the U.S. government with occasional battlefield activities.
In this week's Captain America: Sam Wilson #7, part of the "Standoff" crossover," Steve's youth is restored, and though he doesn't pick up the shield again just yet, the stage is set.
There are a lot of classic Captain America elements at play in this issue. Steve's youth is restored by a sentient Cosmic Cube named Kubik that is at the center of "Standoff."
But Steve isn't the only one who's back - his greatest foe, the Red Skull is also revealed as Pleasant Hill's resident priest.
Red Skull has a long history with the Cosmic Cube, having often tried to use the artifacts to conquer the world. Though he seems to be working with Baron Zemo, the leader of Pleasant Hill's cabal of villains who has his own history with the Cube, there's no doubt Red Skull has designs of his own.
Unlike Baron Zemo, Red Skull isn't known to have been captured by the U.S. government and imprisoned in Pleasant Hill. The one-time Nazi appeared recently in Uncanny Avengers hiding in the former Avengers Mansion in New York City. Additionally, no mention was made of Charles Xavier's brain, which Red Skull inserted into his own brain to obtain the deceased mutant leader's powers.
Steve will be officially back in action with a new shield and new costume when Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 is scheduled to hit shelves on May 18.