Amazing Spider-Man #25 recently gave us a new, rejuvenated Otto Octavius. Using a proto-clone body, stabilised using his own science, and transferring his own consciousness into it, Doctor Octopus gained new life as a newly empowered form, even down to his very own ‘octopus sense’.
And he also has a new power base – in the form of Marvel’s very own alternative right (whatever you do, don’t say Nazi), fascist organisation, Hydra!
But is it just me, or does this new Doc Ock, aligned with a far right, might is right, master race loving organisation, look kinda familiar? I mean, doesn’t he look kinda like alt-right spokesman and figurehead, Richard Spencer?
I mean, it’s a handy parallel, I guess. Marvel have been working very hard to push that Hydra are not Nazis, just like the the Alt-Right movement. Yet both organisations, the fictional and the real life one, have some pretty hardline fascist beliefs.
Seems I’m not the only person to have wondered.
So I guess aside from being a Nazi, Doctor Octopus is now also Richard Spencer.
Oh wait, that's the same thing.
— Patrick (@PhantomRoxas) March 15, 2017
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