Ah finally some answers on who the old man held captive by HYDRA is in Marvel’s Secret Empire. Mind you this is Secret Empire # 7 spoilers post so be ready for that.

Now a bit of recap, in Secret Empire # 5, we find out that HYDRA Cap has gotten hold of a mysterious old man who he believes can completely change the outcome of this war he’s waging with Hawkeye’s resistance. Spencer and his creative team didn’t bring that topic back up in the subsequent issue but here as we roll out this Secret Empire # 7 spoilers post, we get to see who this man really is.

While there were several websites and blogs that believed that this old man was either Bruce Banner or even Steve Rogers’ dad that somehow survived all these decades, its actually the inhuman known as Mosaic. The same inhuman Marvel was trying to hype sometime ago.

Black Widow’s plan to kill Captain America involved the use of Mosaic’s powers which was why she needed to recruit the Inhuman.

While I still hate Mosaic because he’s being force fed on us, he does exhibit how powerful he is when he possess most of the HYDRA soldiers attending Captain America’s speech in front of Capitol hills; the same spot where a vision of him killed by Spider-Man Miles Morales was shown.

Spider-Man Miles Morales kills Captain America Steve Rogers

 

To be honest I felt like Marvel could have done better. I don’t have the facts and the numbers but it really feels like Marvel was using Secret Empire # 7 to go corporate and “make money” with the Mosaic character. We’ve seen this time and time again with the House of Ideas but everytime they do show this side, it feels crappy. Would have been great if the character was likeable to begin with. Remember Hit Monkey? He was the next Deadpool right? So where’s the character now?

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