Stan Lee adds insult to injury
The legendary Marvel comic book creator reacted to the Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 twist during a panel at MegaCon. “It’s a hell of a clever idea,” he said. “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.”Maybe deep inside, he's disappointed. But that's still no excuse, especially at his nonogenarian age and after all the wealth I'm sure he's accumulated from his past careers in comics and other magazine writing. Does he value movie cameos and other residuals so much that he has to throw even his own reputation under the bus? That's what he's doing now, and his memory in the public eye won't end well as a result. It's only too well known that Lee and Kirby's relationship had fallouts, and the latter would surely be angry if he were still alive to witness all this degradation of a character who happens to be his creation, not Lee's.
Point: even if this is only temporary, the cynical and contemptuous way it's being marketed is exactly what makes it bad. Not only that, even if it doesn't change anything about the past stories, since it's nothing more than a retcon on paper, it could still have an embarrassing effect on merchandise, as parents who know about this might be reluctant to buy toy Cap action figures and party costumes for their children. Is that really what Lee wants? If a boycott of Marvel's new products is being called for now, I'm decidedly supporting it if that's what it takes to send a message.
And Lee will probably end up being viewed as a broken old man who can't think for himself, nor possesses the bravery the superheroes he oversaw had. Which is to be expected of some people in real life, but still very sad. There could be a story where Peter Parker's turned into a sex offender, Mary Jane Watson turned into a racist, Tony Stark turned into an axe-murderer, or Matt Murdock into a blind rapist, and Lee might not say a single negative word about that either. What was done to Steve Rogers does not make me want to read the new books, and if it were turned into a movie, it's more likely it'd flop.
Maybe worst of all, however, is that this was all intended to take attention away from Red Skull's transformation into Spencer's idea of what right-wingers are. I do wonder why nobody asked Lee or anybody else about that?