Because I spent yesterday reading both Captain America comics and Bamse comics, and because I do think the two superheroes have some common ground, here’s a photoshopped image of Captain America/Chris Evans wearing a Bamse T-shirt.
"Bamse sprängde dem i bitar"
Infiltration is an interesting business. In any organisation of size it’s not hard for a group of employees with an agenda to change how things progress - and it can be subtle as all hell. They don’t have to have secret meetings, or hastily hidden note books lying around - they just have to share a goal, and use their influence to encourage people to think a certain way, or alter how information is perceived so that one course of action seems preferable.
Factions in governments do it all the time. And don’t even start on the media and how they shift people’s opinion on things or decision making capacity.
So when you consider an organisation like SHIELD - built on the actions of a group that used espionage and information to help win a war - and how it would have evolved along with society over the years, AND how it would have actively recruited people with those skill sets to achieve its ends?
Not hard to see how it could, and did, open its doors willingly to those who could abuse the opportunities then offered.
But it’s not just the simple case of a sleeper group waiting to take over control. The important thing to remember here is that the HYDRA faction within SHIELD weren’t separate at all - they simply were SHIELD. They supported what SHIELD was doing, they simply ensured that what SHIELD was doing would, ultimately, fit their agenda. They are believers, and believers can be your friends, your family, your partner, your highly respected boss. You have faith in them, you like, love, revere, them.
And when your job is to tread the non-existent line between good and not good, when the actions you’re asked to perform to achieve a ‘noble’ outcome are anything but, then how could you recognise that the person next to you, doing exactly the same thing, may have an agenda behind theirs that isn’t the one you think?
There may have been clues, if someone stopped to analyse all the decisions of SHIELD over its incarnation, if someone pulled apart every single document trail and had the capacity to compare, dissect, and sight-match each and every single piece of information to check where it might have been altered or shifted … basically if someone with near limitless omnipotence inspected every aspect of SHIELD’s activities since its inception, they might have spotted the clues to indicate that SHIELD’s direction had been and was being manipulated.
What they couldn’t have seen, was that that manipulation was anything other that the natural politics both within and external to such an organisation, necessary for it to do the job it was doing.
When you play in the shadows, everything is just another shade of grey.
who is on your team, captain?
Marvel’s casting department cannot be beat. Literally all of the actors are their characters.
Sarah Halley Finn, casting director for Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: Dark World, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Agents of SHIELD, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, and every single Marvel one-shot. All hail the queen.
ALL HAIL THE QUEEN!!!
Captain America #130
(Cap speaking up about 60s student riots)
You’re finally here…
I’ve always been here.