The X-Men and Captain America just reunited in Krakoa – and the Avenger has proven why he’s the beating heart of the Marvel Universe.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for X-Men: The Trial of Magneto # 2, now on sale at Marvel Comics.
Steve Rogers has long been the beating heart of the Marvel superhero community. Optimists and cynics have turned to Captain America for advice over the years. Even villains like Doctor Doom have expressed some respect for the hero.
It is this good heart that is exhibited in X-Men: The Magneto Trial # 2 of Leah Williams, Lucas Werneck, Edgar Delgado and Clayton Cowles of VC – the hero with a keen eye for his friends and allies even in the thick of battle.
Captain America – alongside Iron Man, Wasp and Vision – are the Avengers allowed to visit the mutant nation of Krakoa in Magneto’s trial # 2. They are there to retrieve the body of their late friend the Scarlet Witch, the group also quietly take the tragic opportunity to reaffirm their ties. Greeting Captain America with a handshake he would likely keep from other representatives of the hero community, Cyclops welcomes Rogers to the island and invites them on a tour – something Captain America accepts as a gesture of friendship. He can later be seen laughing playfully at Emma Frosts’ closing of a flirtatious Iron Man, and greets the powerful telepath with a polite “Madam.”
Captain America also reveals to Northstar and Quicksilver just how empathetic he can be. It turns out that during the Hellfire Gala, Rogers got the chance to meet Northstar’s husband, Kyle, and developed an affection for him. Northstar offers to make plans for them all to meet, prompting Quicksilver to say that Captain America is a little too happy for the grim occasion. But Rogers quietly explains to Pietro that he thinks it is their shared grief over losing someone as the Incredible Scarlet Witch that allows him to put aside differences and arguments and bond with them. others. It actually goes to the heart of Quicksilver, who thanks his former boss for the kind words – and is even brought to tears when Captain America tells him how proud Wanda would be to know that Pietro protects her so well, even in death.
Sometimes it can be easy to see Captain America as the leader of the Avengers, or a symbol of freedom, or a myth instead of a man. But it is this inner strength and this tender heart that makes him such a distinct and important figure. He’s able to see through life’s hardships and find kindness in others – part of the story of the Avengers’ long tradition of giving old villains (like Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch) the chance to become better people. This was an element codified during the recent Heroes are reborn event (where, without the Avengers, characters like Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Ant-Man never had the chance to be redeemed), a world where Captain America was never found and had the chance to become the moral center of the Marvel Universe.
While Magneto’s trial was largely a tragic murder mystery, Captain America is right. Even in times of tragedy, people can come together and share the weight of their pain, giving them the chance to heal together. It is a vital task for someone to take on, and especially after the last few years (including the events of Secret Empire) risked Rogers’ position in this role, it’s heartwarming that his presence and his words can still help his fellow heroes.
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