Hello interweb, Nate here. So Cap has been quite busy since his third movie. Why do I say that? Because two twitter hashtags have popped up since the film’s release. These hashtags includes #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend and #SayNoToHydraCap. So what are my thoughts on these controversies that have popped up suddenly? Well let’s take a look!
My Opinion on #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend
So a while ago a twitter hashtag went around called #GiveElseAGirlfriend. Elsa, as most of you know, is the princess from the Disney movie Frozen. Now saying that Frozen was a popular movie would be an understatement. So when they announced a sequel for Frozen, fans took to twitter and wanted Elsa to be the first gay Disney princess since she had no love interest in the movie and her sexuality really was never established. Even beyond that, there are a few LGBT undertones to the movie if you look carefully enough with songs like “Love is an Open Door” and people taking the stance that “Let it Go” is a coming out anthem. Now are those songs suppose to have LGBT undertones or are fans looking for things that aren’t there? Honestly I don’t know, but really the point to art is that people can interpret one thing in different ways. So if you want to see “Let it Go” as a coming out anthem than by all means go ahead, I’m not gonna stop you. However, I do feel like our society is currently so obsessed with the whole “LGBT pride” movement that people are seeing LGBT undertones even in places where there are none, so while I’m fine with it for the most part I do feel like people go overboard here and there.
Now what the heck does this have to do with Captain America? Well if you saw Captain America: Civil War (don’t worry, I won’t be spoiling anything here), the entire plot of the movie pretty much revolves around Cap protecting Bucky from the world who thinks Bucky’s a bad guy. Because of how strong the relationship between Steve and Bucky is, people seem to love to ship them and really want them to be cannon within the MCU has a romantic couple. Thus they took the #GiveElseAGitlfriend and changed it to #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend. Now there’s one problem I see with this: Elsa really doesn’t have much of an established sexuality, Steve does. Captain America has been around for 75 years, Elsa has been around for 3. Now while I’m actually okay with Elsa being the first gay Disney princess because of her lack of established sexuality and how within the context of the Frozen universe it would still make sense if she was gay, the character of Captain America has always been straight and I’m against changing an established character for the sake of diversity. Heck, back when I ranted about the New 52 people called me racist for saying I disliked black Wally West. I’m not racist and I’m not even homophobic. What I am is against changing an established character just for the sake of diversity when you could have easily created a new character instead.
Now granted people will come to me and say that the comics book Captain America is 75 years old but the MCU Captain America has only been around for 5 years. There are two problems with that. First: MCU Cap still have appeared in five movies (Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers, and Avengers: Age of Ultron unless I missed one) while Elsa has only appeared in Frozen. So MCU Cap still have had more time to establish his character and so far we’ve seen him lock lips with three women (Peggy Carter in The First Avenger, Black Widow in The Winter Soldier, and Sharon Carter in Civil War) and zero men. Second: the MCU Cap is an adaptation of the comic book Cap. So if you’re adapting a character you need to keep him consistent with the source material and the source material tells us that Cap is straight.
My Opinion on #SayNoToHydraCap
Now in a recent Marvel comic under the name Captain America: Steve Rogers #1, Steve Rogers returns to the role as Captain America (probably because Civil War happened). So Marvel decided to bring him back with a bang by revealing that Steve Rogers was actually a Hydra agent all along. Now people are obviously ticked at this because Cap was literally created to fight the Nazi’s (which Hydra is a branch of) and now Marvel decided to reveal that he’s actually one of them. So a lot of people find this as an insult to the character and offensive for his 75 years of history.
So what do I think? Meh. No seriously…meh. I meant I really don’t care and if you read comics than you probably don’t care that much either because this happens all the time and to be completely honest this type of controversy is actually kinda refreshing since all the changes Marvel characters has been going through recently have been because of PC overload. We have gay Iceman, female Thor, black Captain America (is Sam Wilson still Cap?), etc. So since this is not really do to Marvel trying to be politically correct with their comics than I’m pretty much ok with it since it’s really nothing more than just a shock value stunt to drive up sales. Heck, I can see this type of thing as only lasting 5 or 6 issues since once the story is over they’ll probably clear things up and it turns out that hey it’s just a big misunderstanding or some BS like that. I mean this is Steve Rogers returning to the role as Captain America and whenever a character returns to an iconic mantle (such as Barry Allen returning to the Flash in Flash: Rebirth, Hal Jordan returning to the mantle of Green Lantern in Green Lantern: Rebirth, etc.) the publishers will often do some type of big story or whatever to reintroduce the character back to familiar areas. I mean that’s why Barry Allen got his own graphic novel for his return rather than just having him come back in the pages of The Flash.
Now this leads to the next question: what if this isn’t temporary or lasts a couple years. Now the reason I bring this up is I’ve been saying since female Thor and Black Cap hit the shelves that these characters would only be temporary and that by the time the next big event came by (All-New All-Different Marvel) everything would be set back to normal. It wasn’t. Now I’m really worried about how long these changes are going to stay around because the longer they remain the more it feels as though they aren’t temporary. So if Cap remains a Hydra Agent for a couple years…than I’ll be ticked. But if this only lasts a couple issues than what’s really the big deal?
So what do you guys think? Should Cap be gay and is his deal with Hydra a big one? Let me know in the comments or vote below!