In Uncanny Avengers #1, Captain America faces off against an unknown opponent wearing the stolen suit of Captain Krakoa, the protector of the mutant nation of Krakoa. Steve Rogers initially underestimates his opponent and confidently strikes hard and fast. However, he is quickly humbled as Captain Krakoa effortlessly breaks his arm using Rogers’ own iconic shield.
Captain America no longer Best Fighter in Marvel
The issue also reveals that Rogers’ injury will be long-lasting, as cover art for Uncanny Avengers #4 shows him still wearing a metallic cast. This injury will serve as a badge of dishonor for Captain America, who is revered as one of the best tacticians in the world. The fact that he was beaten and replaced as Marvel’s supreme tactician will be a source of shame for Rogers.
The Captain Krakoa suit was originally created by the mutant Forge to lend combat abilities to mutants whose powers were not useful in battle. It was stolen and used by an unknown thief who defeated Cyclops in combat. The thief expresses bitterness towards mutants, claiming to be more than them despite their disregard for him.
What is particularly significant about this fight is the lasting nature of Captain America’s injury. His new cast resembles the robotic arm of Bucky, the Winter Soldier, referencing his greatest failure and driving home the loss. Despite his advanced healing abilities and superhero contacts, it is clear that Marvel considers this loss to be significant if the injury will persist until at least issue 4’s release in November.
Captain Krakoa’s victory over both Captain America and Cyclops, who are considered the greatest tactical minds in the Marvel Universe, highlights his power and skill. He taunts Steve by calling his attacks “obvious and predictable,” further emphasizing Rogers’ underestimation of his opponent. Captain Krakoa also seems to have a deep knowledge of Steve’s weaknesses, suggesting a possible past confrontation between them.
With this fight, Captain Krakoa has established himself as Marvel’s new fighter to beat. While Captain America’s robotic sling may compensate for his broken arm, his broken confidence cannot be easily repaired. The eventual rematch between Captain America and Captain Krakoa is anticipated to be one for the history books.
Overall, Uncanny Avengers #1 delivers a compelling story in which Captain America suffers a major defeat and is forced to wear the physical and emotional scars of his loss. The issue sets the stage for future conflicts and paves the way for an epic rematch between two formidable adversaries.