Marvel Comics’ summer event series “Secret Empire” is in full swing, with its first issue in stores now. Recently, controversy flared up around a set of villain variant covers that depicted Magneto, a mutant of Jewish descent, aligning with Hydra, the origins of which are tied to the Nazi hate group.
Now, a new variant cover for “Secret Empire” #3 may cause a similar outcry among fans, as the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man appears to be siding with the Captain America, whose loyalties currently lie with Hydra.
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The cover, from artist Mike Deodato, shows Old Man Logan battling a group of Hydra soldiers in the rain, with a large “X” setup in the background. In the forefront stands Spidey looking back at the reader, holding an index finger to his mouth as if to say, “Shhh, nothing to see here.”
Of course, you can’t judge a story by a variant cover, as they’re often created as a purchasing incentive for the most loyal of comic book collectors. Will Spider-Man join Captain America as a member of Hydra, or is this all a ruse to sell more copies of the book? Thankfully, we won’t have to wait long as issue three goes on sale later this month.
“Secret Empire” will follow up on the conclusion of “Civil War II,” which saw Steve Rogers – now a double agent working for Hydra after having his reality manipulated by a sentient Cosmic Cube – assume command of S.H.I.E.L.D. Likewise, we know Cap will no longer be working in the shadows, and the series will serve as a culmination of the events from titles such as “Captain America: Sam Wilson” and “Captain America: Steve Rogers.”
“Secret Empire” #3 goes on sale May 31.