Marvel Comics stirred a hornet’s nest last week with the shocking revelation in “Captain America: Steve Rogers” #1 that the Sentinel of Liberty is secretly an agent of Hydra, and may have been since the very beginning. The surprise twist drew mainstream media attention, a good deal of criticism, and even threats directed at writer Nick Spencer.
During an appearance over the weekend at MegaCon in Orlando, Florida, legendary writer Stan Lee was even drawn into the discussion — but his view might just surprise you.
“It’s a helluva clever idea,” the 93-year-old creator said in response to a question from the audience. “I don’t know that I would ever have thought of it, for him to be a double agent. But it’s going to make you curious, it’s going to make you want to read the books … they’ll probably do a movie based on it, so I can’t fault it. It’s a good idea.”
“I think it’s crazy,” he added with a laugh, “but it’s a good idea.”
Of course, Lee’s no stranger to Captain America retcons. After all, it was he and Jack Kirby who revised Steve Rogers’ history when they reintroduced him in 1964’s “The Avengers” #4.
Watch video of Lee’s response below.