-- They killed off Wolverine a few years back, then they took away Steve Rogers' superpowers.
Say it ain't so.
In a new series, "Captain America: Steve Rogers #1" out today, writer Nick Spencer and Marvel editor Tom Brevoort put a major twist on the classic legend of possibly Marvel's oldest superhero ... or maybe super villain.
"Nobody was especially surprised that Steve got restored," Brevoort told Entertainment Weekly about Rogers getting his powers back. "But hopefully readers will be surprised by this revelation -- and by the stories that follow on from this point."
As seen in the movie "Captain America: Winter Soldier," no relation to this book, Hydra implanted itself within the U.S. government and S.H.I.E.L.D.
Spencer added, "I drilled it down and thought, what if there’s just one very valuable Hydra plant? What if they’re looking for 100 people, but there’s just one? So I started asking, who’s the worst person it could possibly be? It was really obvious straight away that there’s nobody who could do more damage and nobody that could be a more valuable Hydra plant than Steve Rogers."
According to EW and shared artwork, the first issue reveals how Hydra first contacted Rogers as a kid.
"This is not a clone, not an imposter, not mind control, not someone else acting through Steve. This really is Steve Rogers, Captain America himself," Spencer asserted in the interview.
But according to Brevoort, only the reader knows this secret ... as of now.
"In Hitchcock tradition, they’re aware that the most trusted and most respected superhero within the Marvel Universe is now a wolf among the flock, who could strike at any time," he said.
And what about Cap's partner Sam Wilson, who was the new Captain America and formerly the Falcon?
"It goes without saying that this is going to have a profound impact on Sam’s story and Sam’s life. He’s about to be put through the ringer in a way we rarely see with a character. He’s going to be challenged in fundamental ways. Sam is a huge part of what we have planned," Spencer said.
Brevoort was clear that publishing and the movies are very separated here.
"Honestly, while we love the films, we tend to chart our own course and not get too tangled up in where they happen to be in the curve of their own storytelling. By definition, we operate at a different pace -- they produce one Captain America story every two years at maximum, whereas we’ll release a number of different stories involving Cap every single month," he said.