WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Savage Avengers #7 by Gerry Duggan, Patrick Zircher, Java Tartaglia, VC's Travis Lanham and Carlos Lao, on sale now.
Conan the Barbarian has recently found himself transported into the Marvel Universe. The Savage Avengers series has been chronicling the Cimmerian’s travels, from his debut in the Savage Land, through Antarctica and eventually into South America. Now, in Savage Avengers #7, Conan bursts into a local bar in Brazil where he finds exactly what he’s looking for: a fight and a drink.
However, Conan is interrupted by a sleeping dart that knocks him out cold. When he wakes up, he’s still sitting at the counter, talking to the same barman. But Conan quickly realizes something is wrong when he notices the smell of the jungle and death are gone.
The Cimmerian quickly runs out of the bar, where he is confronted by armed guards whom he doesn’t hesitate to slice through. Eventually, Conan smashes through a wall, and realizes that he is actually in a controlled simulation room in Latveria.
There, he is greeted by his captor: Doctor Doom, who invites Conan the Cimmerian to a feast inside his castle. If that sounds familiar, it's because Doom's deception borrows a move from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
At the end of 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, Steve Roger wakes up in a room meant to look like it’s still the 1940s. He’s greeted by a woman who appears to be a military officer, but the super-soldier quickly realizes that something is up thanks to the radio. After armed soldiers barge in, and Captain America smashes them through a wall. Then, he escapes the “controlled environment” room, only to realize that he is no longer in his time period. Eventually, Nick Fury shows up to explain to the time-displaced superhero that they wanted to break the news about what happened to him slowly.
Of course, there are plenty of differences between the two scenarios, but there are also several similarities. Both Conan and Steve wake up in a room meant to deceive them. And, in both cases, there is a human plant there, who attempts to give weight to the charade. And whether it’s because of the smells or the radio, both characters smash through the illusion and are confronted by armed soldiers.
While the intents of Doctor Doom and Nick Fury differ greatly, there is still something to be said for the similarities between Steve Rogers and Conan the Cimmerian. The barbarian was taken from his home and his own time period and dropped right into an advanced world he doesn’t know. Conan is now a man out of place and out of time in the Marvel Universe — just like Steve Rogers was when he first woke up in the present after spending decades under ice.
Right now, we don’t yet know what Doom plans on doing with Conan, but the Cimmerian is sure to see the deceptive villain for what he truly is. Before long, the Cimmerian will probably escape Latveria, and he just must come across the path of a certain star-spangled Avenger who understands his plight like no one else.