Just ahead of Captain America: Steve Rogers #2's debut on Wednesday, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso has revealed exactly how Steve Rogers came to be a Hydra agent.
Needless to say, spoiler warning.
In pages from the upcoming issue and a brief ComicBook interview with Alonso, it is revealed that Steve's memories of recruitment to Hydra as a child and allegiance to Hydra were implanted by Kobik, the sentient Cosmic Cube that restored his youth and Super-Soldier status during Avengers Standoff! - and who was secretly under the control of the Red Skull at the time. This confirms one of the most widespread theories about Rogers' turn to Hydra-ism since the revelation of his secret in Captain America: Steve Rogers #1.
This isn't the first time Steve has been subverted by the Red Skull; throughout his modern history, the Skull has attempted to bring Rogers to his cause by force, mind control, and other means dating all the way back to Jack Kirby and Stan Lee's Tales of Suspense #67 in 1965. Red Skull has often wielded a Cosmic Cube as well, attempting to use its power to subvert the world to his twisted ideals, and change the history of other characters including the other Captain America, Sam Wilson.
The specifics of Steve's transformation will be revealed when Captain America: Steve Rogers #2 hits stands on June 29. You can see a preview of the issue with further details right here .