Marvel Comics Legacy & Secret Empire #10 Spoilers & Review: Nazi Hydra Captain America / Steve Rogers Defeat, Black Widow Fate & New Status Quo?

Marvel Comics Legacy and Secret Empire #10 Spoilers and Review follows.

Secret Empire #10 was event-filled with:

  • (A) Nazi Hydra Captain America using the cosmic cube to change reality and wipe out the Avengers from existence (spoilers here);
  • (B) A classic feeling Captain America / Steve Rogers confronting Hydra Captain America where they discuss which of them is “real” (spoilers here);
  • (C) Learning which of the two Captain America / Steve Rogers is worthy to wield Thor’s hammer now and if Hydra Cap ever really was able to (spoilers here) and;
  • (D) The heroes start visiting the Vanishing Point to enable the Generations one-shots (spoilers here).

However, before the heroes / heroines start their Generations odysseys, they have to defeat Nazi Hydra Captain America. So, how do they do it?

Well Sam Wilson, Captain America, and Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier and Steve Rogers’ former sidekick Bucky, have been plotting. That leads to Sam Wilson giving Steve Rogers the missing cosmic cube fragment, but…

…it leads to the Cosmic Cube disappearing and stripping Nazi Hydra Captain America of his omnipotent powers.

With the Cosmic Cube whole, Kobik the sentient Cosmic Cube enables her figment of an ideal Captain America and her to escape the Vanishing Point…

…focusing on the Winter Soldier’s words which then…

…leads to Kobik being whole in the real world and undoing most of the new reality created by the corrupted yet real Captain America.

Kobik also give life to the good Captain America (the America Dream essentially as he’s a figment of Kobik’s imagination or memory) who confronts the evil Captain America (the real Steve Rogers DNA and all who has been corrupted).

They battle…

…over several pages…

..culminating with figment or fake Captain America actually being able to wield Mjolner, Thor’s hammer, and using it to defeat real, but evil Steve Rogers…

…leaving Marvel Legacy with 2 Steve Rogers / Captain Americas?

Unless, as the cover to Secret Empire Omega #1 implies…

…Kobik will smoosh the real, but corrupted Captain America with the good American Dream version to create the Captain America / Steve Rogers of Marvel Legacy?

Anyhow, in Secret Empire #10 Kobik has fixed reality, including bringing Black Widow back from the dead, but has left lingering scars of the antics of Hydra Cap. This is the new Marvel Legacy status quo.

Through it all and in the end the Avengers remain triumphant.

The book ends in a seemingly multi-page inconsequential epilogue that ends on a cool panel of Sam Wilson, Captain America, who inspired many in Secret Empire (enough to get an action figure), but…

…is demoted to the Falcon again in Marvel Legacy.

So…

There were a lot of developments in Secret Empire #10, but many questions still remain to be resolved presumably in Secret Empire Omega #1 and/or Marvel Legacy #1. Parts of this issue felt like set-up for those books. Other parts of this book very much focused on Steve vs Steve. The ending here seems convoluted and difficult to explain let alone fully understand despite writer Nick Spenser’s efforts. The pencils of Steve McNiven are the best parts of this book. 6 out of 10.

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