When Marvel turned Captain America into a Nazi, fans donated to the Holocaust Memorial Museum

Furious readers of 'Captain America: Steve Rogers' issue No. 1 donated back the cost of the comic to the US museum

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Captain America, a paragon of the fight against fascism for 70 years, was revealed to be an agent of Hydra, a Nazi subgroup in the Marvel universe, last month [Marvel]

Hell hath no fury like a fanboy scorned, as the recent revelations in the new Marvel comic of Captain America have shown. Fans of the movie franchise will know that the WWII super soldier Steve Rogers, frozen solid after sacrificing himself, awakens in the modern world to find his old nemesis HYDRA, an evil Nazi group with ties to the occult and power grabbing, still active and everywhere. But now a twist in Captain America: Steve Rogers No. 1 has revealed one of the biggest twists in comics history – Captain America has been a HYDRA sleeper agent all along.

Plot twists like this are the bread and butter of the comic book industry, but fans have not been taking Captain America’s secret very well. Mostly down to the fact that HYDRA has undeniable ties to fascism and Nazi Germany. Even Chris Evans, the US actor who plays the Captain in Marvel Studios' billion dollar cinematic universe franchise, weighed in on the twist on Twitter:

In all the online sound and fury over the plot turn, a surprising response emerged among disappointed fans to challenge the comic: donate the price of the issue to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Rockscanfly, the name of the Tumblr user who came up with the idea, saw it shared far and wide across the Internet, finding favour among fans of the comic book character created by two Jewish cartoonists in the middle of WWII – whose very first cover saw him knocking auld Adolf’s blocks off with a single punch.

While it is unclear how many fans actually made the effort to donate the small fee to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Steve Rogers name, but the comic’s publication has sparked a huge debate amongst the Captain’s fans, both younger and older, over the role of Nazism in the character’s development and the impact of the Holocaust on popular culture.

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