Since January Marvel has been teasing the next Marvel Event that centers around Steve Rogers,Captain America. It started with a simple teaser image of the Secret Empire logo along with Cap’s new shield. That image was proceeded by other images featuring the Marvel Heroes and the tagline “United We Stand.” This announcement comes after the events of Civil War II, with the heroes still reeling, and things are about to get a lot worse!
The events of the second Superhero Civil War left both James Rhodes (War Machine) and Bruce Banner (Incredible Hulk) dead and Tony Stark (Iron Man) in some kind of coma. The Marvel Universe is divided and their symbol of home and unity, the formerly squeaky clean icon Captain America was recently revealed to be a secret Hydra agent, the nefarious underworld organization he had been fighting against for the last 70 years, thanks to the Red Skull through Kobik the living Cosmic Cube. This reality warping news that sent ripples through the comic world will now shake the Marvel Universe to it’s core in Secret Empire. Secret Empire promises everything is about to change, not just for Captain America, but for absolutely every hero in the Marvel Universe.
What if your greatest ally was secretly your greatest enemy? Beginning May 3rd, prepare for Marvel Comics’ SECRET EMPIRE! Blockbuster creators Nick Spencer, Steve McNiven, Andrea Sorrentino and Leinil Yu are ready to challenge the entire Marvel Universe as they unite the Avengers, X-Men, Defenders, Champions, Inhumans, Spider-Man, and more, as an unwavering front against the SECRET EMPIRE!
The Marvel Universe is under siege from within! Due to the manipulations of the Red Skull, Captain America, secretly a true believer in the cause of Hydra, uses the trust and respect he has gained over the years to a position where he can enacts Hydra’s ideals against the Marvel Universe and it’s up to all heroes to unite against one of the greatest challenges they have ever faced.
“SECRET EMPIRE is the rallying cry for all the heroes — Avengers, Guardians, Defenders, X-Men, Spider-Man, Deadpool – to put aside their differences and unify in the defense of the Marvel Universe.”
“Our heroes will be tested both physically and morally against one of the most trusted heroes of all time and that’s the aspect of this story our characters face and what forces them to come together.”
Forged together as one – the Avengers, the Champions, the Defenders, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Inhumans, the X-Men, and more will be tested as Hydra’s grip tightens around the Marvel Universe and SECRET EMPIRE unleashes a horde of villains against those who have sworn to protect the innocent. Be here as SECRET EMPIRE launches this May from Nick Spencer, Steve McNiven and Marvel Comics.
SECRET EMPIRE #1
Written By: NICK SPENCER
Art By: STEVE MCNIVEN
Cover By: MARK BROOKS
On Sale in May!