WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Infinity Wars: Soldier Supreme #1, by Gerry Duggan and Andy Kubert, in stores now.
Infinity Wars: Soldier Supreme is our first real look at the Infinity Warps' melded Marvel Universe in all its bizarre glory. While many of the ideas are fascinating from a curious perspective (the Punisher Pack is going to be... interesting), Soldier Supreme actually feels like an attempt to twist the mythos of two characters who couldn’t seemingly be more different into something fresh.
Infinity Wars: Soldier Supreme is a bombastic (if predictable) take on a magical version of Captain America, with the Doctor Strange elements impacting the reality Gamora has created in compelling ways. Throughout the issue, there are plenty of clever tweaks to the classic Marvel formula; below, we run down as many of the combined versions of classic Marvel characters as possible both heroes and villains alike.
Stephen Rogers, Reporting For Duty
The most obvious combination is Stephen Rogers. By most accounts, it’s Steve Rogers with a touch of that classic Doctor Stephen Strange look. He’s a scrawny but strong hearted young man who just wants to fight in World War II, and takes part in an experiment to make him a perfect soldier.
Dr. Erskine is still very much responsible for creating Captain America, but almost every detail of the experiment is changed. Erskine is now a woman, practicing magic under the guise of super science. There’s no definitive proof of which exact character Erskine combined with to create this character, but we’re pretty sure it’s the Ancient One, taking a cue from the Doctor Strange movie’s Tilda Swinton incarnation of the magical mentor.
But the differences between the mainline Captain America and the Soldier Supreme goes further than a modified name and a sweet mustache. As Soldier Supreme, Rogers is still a brave and heroic man -- but he’s also more willing to cross lines than Steve. He makes hard decisions, casting spells he knows his closest friends would hate him for. It’s a touch of Doctor Strange’s pessimism and willingness to do what needs to be done to save the day.