The Cap’s out of the bag, and modern history in the Marvel Universe is as it — ahem — should be.
Not that fans are happy with the development. It was one thing to turn Captain America into a Hydra agent. It was another to reveal that the entirety of Marvel Comics history was a lie and that Steve Rogers — along with Hydra — were the true winners of World War II.
Secret Empire #1 takes place about a year after the Captain set off a chain of events that would put Hydra back in control. History books have been fixed, Big Brother is even bigger, and anyone exhibiting any forms of superpowers must register with the government.
Many of Earth’s mightiest heroes are still in space, locked out by a global shield. Those on Earth unwilling to accept the new way of things have either been imprisoned or have been forced into hiding, hoping to maintain some safety from the Dreadnoughts, Hydra’s Sentinel-like robots.
After the most recent Secret Wars event rewrote Marvel’s comic continuity, the company dropped a major bombshell when it brought Steve Rogers back into mix as Captain America.
For the past several years, Rogers took on a more administrative role after a confrontation with the Iron Nail left his Super-Soldier Serum inert. Working as the Avengers’ mission control leader, Rogers new role capitalized on his tactical prowess while his appointed successor Sam Wilson took on the mantle of Captain America.
With the new continuity firmly planted, Marvel saw fit to return Rogers to his original role and gave him back his superpowers. The company launched another Captain America title, and the first issue set off a huge clamor when it was revealed that Rogers in this current continuity was actually a Hydra agent. In case anyone thought it was some sort of cheap trick or double-screw flash plot twist meant to last a story arc or two, Marvel explained that Kobik — the living Cosmic Cube — had rewritten Rogers’ origin along with many other aspects of the new continuity.
Captain America #11 marks the beginning of a new chapter in Captain America’s life.
Though he was only gone for a moment in Earth years, Steve Rogers spent 12 years of his life in Dimension Z, captive to Arnim Zola and his warrior Mutates.
Apparently, last issue’s anti-climactic battle that finished with Arnim Zola’s death wasn’t the end of Zola after all.
With Zola’s battlestation still heading towards Earth, the stakes are raised when Princess Jet Black, overcome by grief, fights to keep her father’s dream alive while Captain America and Sharon Carter give chase.
Reeling from the loss of his adopted son, Captain America meets with Sharon Carter who tells him he’s been implanted with false memories.
Carter claims she was 30 minutes behind the Captain when he boarded that train, and there’s no way he’s been in Dimension Z for that many years.