Last year, the jaws of Marvel Comics fans everywhere dropped down to the floor when it was revealed that Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, one of the pillars of the Avengers and the entire Marvel Universe, was in fact a secret HYDRA agent, and seemingly always had been. Writer Nick Spencer’s new
Now Marvel is announcing
We got the chance to chat with
It appears that Cap’s original Invaders teammates are to play a very big part this this, namely Namor and the OG Human Torch. Namor specifically has done a lot of shady and even downright villainous things in his past. Should we expect a different kind of reaction from Namor to Cap’s HYDRA status than the rest of the Marvel Universe?
“I’d say that’s a pretty safe bet!” says writer Paul Allor. “To me, Namor is less of a villain, and more someone who has a different agenda, priorities, and values than most of his surface-world counterparts. And any time someone’s priorities and values compete with our own, we tend to see them as villainous, or at the very least antagonistic. So, Namor’s reaction will be rooted in his concern for the Atlantean people, which has always been his driving force. While he is conflicted, and the decisions are difficult, at the end of the day he’s going to do what he thinks is best for his people. And if that makes him villainous in the eyes of the human world, I frankly don’t think Namor could care less. He’s willing to take on that mantle, if it means keeping his people safe.”
Of course, it’s been a long time since Cap fought with Namor and the Torch against the Nazis. How have the Invaders changed from their original introduction to the current iteration? According to Allor, “Things have changed quite a bit for them. Namor is now a seasoned monarch rather than the fresh prince of Atlantis, and is charged first and foremost with the protection of his people; Hammond is an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., who no longer has his old flame powers; Toro recently discovered he’s an Inhuman. All of those changes of status affect how they interact with the world, and will come into play in our story.”
Allor continued, “Beyond those surface details, I think in many ways, Namor, Hammond and Toro are the same people they were back in the 1940s — it’s the world around them that has changed dramatically. In World War II they had a certain purity of mission, and a clear view of what victory looked like. But the intervening decades have wiped all of that away, as a result their goals, their motives and their tactics are now all drastically different.”
A lot of these event comics have side stories, comics that take a different approach to dealing with the events of the main series. So just how integral to
Series editor Charles Beacham added, “This series shows how many different characters—heroes, villains, and everyone in between—from all across the Marvel Universe are effected by the Hydra take over and it’s VERY integral to
With the HYDRA Cap reveal, I couldn’t help but imagine there are going to be some longtime Marvel characters who won’t believe it to be true, no matter the evidence to the contrary that they are shown. “I think, for me, the interesting thing about
Allor adds, “One of the very interesting things about the event is the way Cap uses several different levers of power and influence to get his way; and in our Invaders story, we see the human (or rather, the Atlantean… and Inhuman… and android…) impact of several of those tactics and techniques.”
With so many classic Marvel Universe stories from the past, I had to wonder if this series was going to be drawing from any of them, giving them an alternate view in light of the changes to Cap’s history. Beacham implies that the series won’t shy away from Marvel’s long history, saying, “The Marvel Universe has a rich history. These characters have very long-running and deep relationships.
“For the Invaders story, we’re not recasting any particular tales from the Marvel Universe, but we are drawing on the deep history that exists between these characters,” says Allor. “These guys were all there at the very beginning of the Marvel Universe. They fought together, they sacrificed, they formed friendships that have lasted several lifetimes. And now one of them has taken over the world. Our story will be dealing with how the others react to that, in sometimes very different ways, and how their long history together plays a part in their actions of today.”
And finally, I had to ask, what about the rest of the non-HYDRA villains think of Cap’s hostile takeover? According to Beacham, “Steve’s takeover is so holistic that the villains are kind of in the same boat as the heroes—they can either fall in line or stand and fight!”
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