SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers from Nick Spencer and Jesus Saiz's "Captain America: Steve Rogers" #1 and 2...
Marvel has unveiled a few pages from tomorrow's "Captain America: Steve Rogers" #2 that could hint at the mystery behind Cap's surprising turn as a Hydra double agent, revealed in last month's inaugural issue by writer Nick Spencer and artist Jesus Saiz.
The latest preview (via ComicBook.com) features a scene from one of the two foes' previous battles over a Cosmic Cube. In trying to stop Red Skull -- casting his shield -- Rogers not only takes off the villain's arm, but accidentally shatters the Cube into several pieces.
We then see a couple pages, set some time later at a scientific facility, where the Cosmic Cube shards are being harvested for experimentation by humans. A blonde man who resembles Rogers is shown working in the facility when something goes wrong and it explodes, leaving the man on the ground in the wreckage of equipment and broken crystals from the Cosmic Cube.
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The extent of the Cosmic Cube's power is unclear, but we do know its mysterious abilities, as channeled through its living embodiment of Kobik, allowed Rogers to reclaim his youth as part of the recent "Avengers: Standoff" event. While Spencer has confirmed that this is the same Steve Rogers we all know and love, it appears that Kobik's actions have somehow resulted in this being a tainted version of Rogers, whose origin is potentially hinted at in "Captain America: Steve Rogers" #2 flashbacks.
As we learned last issue, Steve Rogers has had links to Hydra since his childhood, when his mother was invited into a community -- which turned out to be Hydra -- that would protect her from her abusive husband. How the community, the Cosmic Cube and Red Skull are all linked is unclear at this point, but if you're looking for more details, be sure to check out "Captain America: Steve Rogers" #2, in stores Wednesday, June 28.