We're almost halfway through the "Secret Empire" series, and it's got me thinking about where the Marvel comic universe is going. This article does have some spoilers (like the plot of what has happened so far) and a bit of speculation and rumor about what is going to happen. If you don't want to know what has been going on, now is a good time to head to a new page. How about our YouTube page?
OK, so where are we after 4 issues? Captain America is heading Hydra and they've taken over the United States. A bunch of Earth's strongest heroes are either trapped in space or in a dark dimension in New York. That leaves a handful of heroes left to lead an underground resistance. And even this group is splintered!
Several heroes have left the country to try to find pieces of the cosmic cube, which might allow them to save the day. Black Widow has taken several heroes with her with the intent of assassinating Captain America.
Recently, a group led by Iron Man's artificial intelligence went to Alaska to steal a piece of the cube from Ultron. Captain America brings his group at the same time. Ultimately, the heroes come away victorious, but that is immediately followed by Namor giving up a piece of the cube to Hydra in order to protect his kingdom.
We are also seeing some version of Steve Rogers wandering through the woods, trying to find his way home. In the last issue, he found a couple of other wanderers and joined up with them.
So, where are we headed? I've heard a rumor (like a guy heard from someone who heard at a convention) that there will be some huge changes after issue 9 of this series. The hint seemed to be that the Marvel world is almost going to be reset. Like we'll see Captain America back to normal, we'll see Iron Man back in action (this last bit is my interpretation of things, not anything specific I've heard).
Does this mean that the cosmic cube will be put back together and history reset? Will the last couple of years basically be erased? Or will we see an alternate timeline show up? I'm not really sure, but this seems risky to me.
I know that lots of people are angry about Cap being a member of Hydra, and I'll admit it's been a bit of a stretch to make it happen, but it would be a huge cop out to just reset everything.
However, I don't think that Captain America can go back to being a hero after what he has done. I don't know how Marvel could sell it that the Avengers just accept him back.
We'll see in time how everything goes. I'm actually really enjoying this series so far, but I hope that things don't magically return back to normal. Maybe I'm misinterpreting the rumor, and maybe it's totally off.
What are your thoughts on "Secret Empire"? Leave a comment with your theory on how things are going to end!