Since its “Hail Hydra!” opening issue, Captain America: Steve Rogers has seen its share of plot twists, but the latest one, found in Steve Rogers #7 by Nick Spencer and Jesus Saiz, casts further doubt on the exact nature of Steve’s supposed Hydra affiliation.
Spoilers ahead for Captain America: Steve Rogers #7.
Couched in a story about S.H.I.E.L.D., the Red Skull, and a grassroots rebellion vying for control over the government of Sokovia, a glimpse back into Steve’s history in the Hydra youth program reveals that though he was being groomed to take leadership in Hydra from a young age, being a pint-sized fascist didn’t save him any grief from bullies.
Moments after being praised for his intelligence and leadership by Doctor Faustus, Steve is beset by several larger boys. As in the “real” timeline, Steve doesn’t hesitate to stand up to these bullies, despite their much larger size and physical strength. As he’s about to be pummeled, another, unidentified boy steps in to fend them off.
As we cut back to the present day, Steve speaks to Dr. Selvig about his plan to take down the Red Skull, revealing the secret that’s been hiding behind the locked door in Selvig’s lab, while simultaneously revealing the identity of the boy who helped him years ago, a boy he would “Trust with his life…”
None other than Helmut Zemo, Red Skull’s rival for control of Hydra, missing since Steve seemingly defeated him in Captain America: Steve Rogers #1.
Captain America: Steve Rogers #7 is on-sale now.
Captain America: Steve Rogers #8 is due out December 21.