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So writer Nick Spencer had a bad idea for Captain America. And Marvel had the worse idea by letting it happen. But, as is often the case, the fans took the shitty lemons they were handed and made lemonade.

A version of this article originally appeared on May 27th, 2016.

Honestly, since #SayNotoHydraCap has been trending, I don’t know if it still counts as a spoiler, but I’m willing to be more cautious than not on this one. But here it is, a marketing gimmick which takes Captain America and says he’s been Hydra all along:

Image: Captain America: Steve Rogers #1, Marvel

Yeah. And Marvel editor Tom Brevoort is trying to say it makes sense if you look at all of Cap’s comics, going back to when he was made. Which is both wrong and bullshit, since this is going to get undone in a few months anyway.


But what that now-infamous panel has done is inspire an amazing treasure trove of fan responses which swap out Cap’s “Hail Hydra” with some other, equally infuriating things. Behold:

Dan Olson may the MVP of this particular game:

And now, an awful pun to take us home:

And here’s what it would look like if other heroes were given the same treatment as Captain America:

Cap now gets to join the bad characterization wasteland. I assume Tony Stark moved here during the original Civil War comic: