DC Comics may be in the midst of refreshing their entire comic line with Rebirth (the first introductory issue is in stores today) but it’s really Marvel that is shaking things up the hardest … and not in a good way.

Captain America: Steve Rogers #1, which launches this week, contains a huge twist that is so bad, even Marvel Editor Tom Brevoort admits, “We knew it would be like slapping people in the face.”  The shocking reveal? Steve Rogers has secretly been a HYDRA agent since childhood. Yep, Marvel’s symbol of truth and justice for the last 75 years or so has actually been a bad guy the whole time. What’s even worse is that Marvel has pretty much copped to the fact that they are doing this just to shock people, rather than because it’s a good storytelling decision.

“His mission is to further the goals and beliefs of Hydra,” explains Brevoort. “”If that involves taking down the Marvel universe, sure. (But) it may not be as simple as that. It’s not like he’s exchanged his white hat for a black hat — it’s a green hat. We knew it would be like slapping people in the face. The idea of Captain America means something very primal and very strong to the people of this nation, and they have a very visceral reaction when you get to something like that. You want people to feel and react to your story. So far, so good.”

Yes, there’s nothing like alienating your fanbase by destroying one of the world’s most beloved superheroes. What’s next — Peter Parker has been a neo-Nazi this whole time? Iron Man assassinated Kennedy? The sky’s the limit!

(Via: ComicBookMovie)