Last Wednesday, as part of Marvel's new formed universe post Secret Wars, Captain America: Sam Wilson #1 was released in your local comic book store. There are many differences in this new Captain America: He can fly, He's not Steve Rogers, and he's facing new(ish) villains! However, this new take on his villains is being criticized by Fox and Friends.
It is also a slow news day.
Clayton Morris, a co-host on Fox and Friends and a "comic book expert", calls Cap's new villain "odd". He continues, "Instead of going against Hydra and the typical Captain American villains, he's going up against conservatives. That's his new enemy."
In Nick Spencer and Daniel Acuña's first issue, Captain America is up against The Sons of the Serpent, a racist organization that wears masks and hoods, their mission is to to divide America. Sound familiar? It should. While the Fox News expert claims that this is not only a new threat to Cap but to America, it really isn't that new at all. Sons of the Serpent made their comics debut in Avengers #32, way back in the year 1962! While Morris claims that these aren't typical villians, they've been around for some time.
Later in the broadcast he asks, "What about back in the day, in these comics, when Captain America used to be punching Hitler in the face?" while another anchor adds "Keep comics out of politics I say."
Those two statements contradict each other. How is Captain America punching Hitler in the face not political? How does having a main character named after a country not political? He's fought Nazis, white supremacists, and even a corrupt American president in 1970's...Nixon anyone? What is Captain America with out some level of political intrigue?
It is also worth noting that Fox has played along (whether knowingly or not) with what was written by Spencer in this very issue. The media calls for Captain America to resign, "Captain America goes Partisan", "Cap Versus the Constitution", "Sam Wilson: Captain Anti-America". Most of these themes appear to be present in the Fox broadcast. Nick Spencer recently wrote: "I'm just amazed how certain media coverage of 'Sam Wilson: Captain America #1 directly mirrors what we showed int he book."
What is also telling about this podcast is how they present their conclusion of the subject. Tucker Carlson explains: "Is this Serpent an Islamic [extremist], an ISIS member bent on destroying Western civilization? No. The Serpent is an American who has misgivings about unlimited immigration and the costs associated with it. That, according to the comic book, is evil." Carlson goes on to add, "...and now the threat comes from ordinary Americans, probably some of you watching at home, they think you're dangerous." The short version? Marvel thinks that you the reader, a normal every day American citizen is bad or worse dangerous but only if you have a certain political point of view. When in actuality, Fox claims that Marvel is evil because the company doesn't agree with their agenda. Now that Disney owns Marvel many feel that this is actually a mouse eared conspiracy. Maybe they should be called Sons of the Mouse?
Captain America is also called "The Sentinel of Liberty". He has fought against enemies from without and within the U.S.A. Whether it be Communist spies or guys who wear bee keepers hats Looking at you A.I.M.). While the wielder of the shield maybe different Cap's message has always been the same. Captain America has always brought to light what is happening within our society. More importantly, the series is giving younger readers an opportunity to know what political events are taking place in their country and what could be so evil about that?