Since people far more educated than me have pointed out the questionable implications of Hydra Cap I kind of wanted to write some problems I have with him as a just a villain.
Various people have attempted to point a perceived hypocrisy of people enjoying stories that explore Superman being evil while despising Captain Hydra.
The problem with this argument is that it ignores a fairly important aspect of these stories. It lacks an interesting motive.
Captain Hydra lacks a real motivation; instead feeling like a tool to use however they want.
In a story like Injustice they show what it would take to make Superman become his antithesis while Captain America just uses a a magic cube to brainwash him.
It isn’t compelling and serves as nothing other than shock value.
If they wanted a Captain America betrays the supers why not have him feel as though super heroes do more harm than good? Civil War 2 would have served as a suitable catalyst for that.
Cap also lacks any interesting goal. A good villain typically has an interesting point but goes about attaining it in a way that causes more harm than it does good.
Cap’s goal is essentially to spread Nazi ideas throughout the world. This causes his character to feel fairly one-note.
At best he is a one issue villain not a villain whose storyline has taken over a year to complete.
Cap also feels like a terrible choice for a villain as his whole thing is his insistence on doing what he feels is the right thing even if it kills him.
It is also going to fall into the same problem that Superior Spider-Man had when it returned to the status quo as status quo is god and you can never defy it.
Cap will return to normal and be easily forgiven while the fanbase remains pissed off.
Ultimately the only impact the story will have is alienating the readers and killing off beloved charactersFlag Smasher could have served Cap’s role in Secret Empire and it really wouldn’t
have been all that different. Same with U.S. agent as you keep the whole betrayal thing.
Basically the entire story so far has been one giant deus ex machina meant to justify a terrible writing choice for a crappy event comic.