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Thursday, August 25, 2016 

There's still valid reason to take offense at the current treatment of Steve Rogers

Even if the true Captain America's only been brainwashed in the new series, Nick Spencer and company are still doing their damndest to irritate the audience in the 4th issue:
Several months after the revelation that he's secretly been a Hydra agent since childhood, Steve Rogers is still finding new ways to break our hearts. In this issue, Steve needed a secret laboratory to hide his partner-in-crime, Dr. Erik Selvig, so he decided to steal one from longtime Fantastic Four villain Red Ghost. To cement his claim, Steve slaughtered the villain's pet apes and apparently even killed Red Ghost himself.
I'm not sure why the IGN writer failed to note that Steve was revealed to be brainwashed in the 2nd issue, even though the way it was all set up was in the writing staff's hopes of offending the audience deliberately so they could take glee in what outrage would come next, all part of their "outrage culture" specialty. But if Steve's being depicted murdering even villains, that is disturbing. And the reviewer ignores how it's really the writers/editors who're doing the heartbreaking, by forcing so much shock value down everyone's throats.
As much as this series is hinting that Steve isn't as evil as he seems, this latest act of villainy might be hard to come back from.
No, it's not that hard, because Steve is a fictional character, and imaginary figures aren't at fault for what the writer makes them do in a story. But what they've brewed up is certainly embarrassing from an artistic perspective, and does have the potential of making Cap fans feel awkward even watching the movies. The plot gets even more absurdly laughable with this:
Whatever Cap's current motivations, his new status quo became even more unpredictable at the end of this issue. Cap revealed to Selvig that his ultimate goal is to kill Red Skull and restore Hydra to its former glory.
One can only wonder if they're hoping right-wingers will actually side with Red Skull, who's been turned into a right-wing stand-in here. If anything, this is downright ridiculous.

And while we're on the subject, Cinema Blend's told that the movie version of Steve Rogers is abandoning the Cap persona:
It's no secret that Captain America: Civil War changed the game when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Avengers were firmly shattered and scattered in the wind, Bucky gained his memories back, and several new and exciting players entered the fray. However, one major moment that occurred for Chris Evans' Steve Rogers happened when he abdicated his iconic shield. As it turns out, that wasn't a one-off moment; Steve Rogers truly ditched the Captain America persona. Joe Russo elaborated:

I think him dropping that shield is him letting go of that identity. [It's] him admitting that certainly the identity of Captain America was in conflict with the very personal choice that he was making.

While speaking recently with The Huffington Post to promote the upcoming home release of Captain America: Civil War, The Russo Brothers made a very distinct and notable observation: Captain America is no more. The weight of the title, combined with the government overreach imposed by the Sokovia Accords, simply proved to be too much for him to tolerate. Steve Rogers laid down his shield during the finale of Civil War, and he definitively relinquished the title of Captain America -- at least for the foreseeable future.
When you look at that news in view of what Spencer and company did with Steve back in comicdom, it's like they're no longer celebrating even the cinematic takes on Cap. Indeed, what's been done in the comics dims the light of the films by extension, and is quite dismaying. Some of these plots with Steve quitting his Cap role may have worked in past decades as comics storytelling, but IMO, they come across as too much for a film. And what's being done with Steve in the comics now as part of the 2nd Civil War crossover gives no reason to celebrate anything else Cap related.

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