I love Mission Impossible. The ones from 1966. The ones with Peter Grave as “Jim Phelps.” I enjoy the movies, well enough, but was sorely disappointed in the first one because they made “Jim Phelps” into a mole and a traitor. But, it wasn’t the fact that he was a traitor that bothered me… it was that Jon Voight was cast in the part and Peter Grave didn’t do it. Had Peter Grave reprised his role and HE had been revealed as the mole and traitor I would have LOVED IT! It would’ve been like the entire show had been a build up for him to be revealed as a mole. I would’ve reveled in watching the original series again… “knowing”… “this time”… that he is a double agent! It would’ve been so good.
Jump to the MARVEL universe and “Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” with “Grant Ward” and his being found out at the end of season one as a traitor and a secret Hydra agent. My first thoughts when that happened were, “Whoa!” Then I thought,
Too bad they’ll redeem him and we’ll find out he’s really not Hydra in season 2.
Well… they didn’t. In fact we found out more and more that he really WAS and IS Hydra. It has been amazing! I’ve loved it. Why? Because they’re sticking to their guns and they “fooled me” the whole first season.
Now let’s jump to Captain America… who has… as you probably know… been just been revealed as also being a Hydra agent. This isn’t any “Grant Ward”. This isn’t any character that we can “relax” about being a double agent. This is CAPTAIN FREAKING AMERICA! Very, very, very heavy on the “AMERICA!” And yes… I’m shocked. I’m stunned. The wind is knocked out of me. I may be even a little angry. But, in all honesty, the geeky fan-boy in me can see how this could easily be the best storyline of Captain America EVER!
Why? Simply because if they pull this off and if Steve Rogers has really always been Hydra then that changes every story ever written about Captain America. It makes him the worlds greatest spy. The galaxies greatest double-crosser. The penultimate of two-faced-ness in the comics universe! That is, of course, if it’s not just a gimmick.
I have hope it isn’t though because Marvel executive editor Tom Brevoort said in an interview with TIME that
To say it’s a gimmick implies that it’s done heedlessly just to shock. The proof is always going to be in the execution. So you’ll have to read the rest of the story to see.
So yes, I’m sad and shocked and freaking out but I’m also totally on board to wait and see what happens. Do I hope he’s redeemed? You bet! Do I hope it’s “not really him but an alien spider living in a cave controlling a puppet version of Capt?” No, sir! Not in the least. If they do this story right it could rival every other story ever done and make me want to go back and read every Captain America ever written. Because, in this case, it ain’t Jon Voight playing him.