Last week, it was announced that there would be a series of variant covers for Marvel’s upcoming Secret Empire comic event.
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The press released stated that a number of Marvel villains would be, “Hydra’s secret weapons in the war against the super heroes.” Included on the list was the character Magneto.
The announcement of Magneto’s alignment with Hydra provoked anger on social media.
Fans said that it seemed ill-judged to have Magneto, a holocaust survivor, even suggested to be working alongside Hydra, an organization which has previously worked alongside the Nazis to achieve their goals.
The cover comes after Marvel was criticized last year for a storyline in which Captain America’s history is rewritten to include a storyline in which false memories were implanted into his brain, leading him to believe he’s been working as a hydra double-agent for decades.
This current incarnation of Hydra is also headed by the Red Skull, a super vilian and Nazi agent.
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The Red Skull and Magneto also have history – Magneto has attempted to destroy the Red Skull on numerous occasions. Their rivalry is rooted in Magneto’s identity as a former prisoner in Auschwitz and the Skull’s support of Hitler.
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While some may argue that Hydra has evolved since its initial creation as fugitive fascist group, one of the covers for Secret Empires #2 relies heavily of Nazi imagery.
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