This makes Steve secretly a Nazi sympathizer, if not a Nazi.
Many people I know are very upset.
I am not reading the comics.
I read the Time Magazine article and I thought, “Huh, that sounds really interesting! I bet they will get some great stories out of that!”
I know that nothing in comics is permanent change. I look forward to how they will dig out of this hole.
AT THE SAME TIME I am upset.
I recognize that Steve, a character designed to be the best of us, to be the noble agent of good in the face of evil, has been much-beloved specifically for his anti-Nazi stance.
I recognize that this character trope puts a stinking worm of betrayal into every anti-Nazi action he has taken.
I understand that loving the character is now tainted, as we all discover that our hero is vile — what does that make us? How were we so duped, so stupid, so gullible?
YES, everyone who is upset by this also knows that the story is not permanent.
YES, we know it’s fiction.
But culture matters. Stories MATTER, gods above and below, they MATTER, that’s why we MAKE them, because they touch people heart soul. If the story didn’t matter, no one would care. We are hurt because the creators DID THEIR JOB.
Taking a character who tens of thousands of people have admired, looked up too, stood with for his anti-Nazi stance because it was needed and necessary to remember that Captain America would fight for me, too and telling those folks that Steve secretly hated them all along —
— oh, come on. You have to see how that could hurt.
And knowing that this wound is temporary, that it’s for the sake of sales and money and a story beat, that just makes it hurt more, not less. How little we must matter, the people who needed Steve to be the defender of the underdog and the weak, how little we must matter if betraying us for a story beat is so easy.
If you honestly can’t see how that would hurt, I envy you the life that has allowed you to be never harmed by our culture. But if that is you, then please, I beg of you, please sit this conversation out.
I was going to sit this one out, myself. But speaking as one bystander to another, I invite you to join me here.
C’mon. Grab a mug of coffee or tea, find a nice book, and sit this one out with me. There are other fights we can get in, later.
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