A while back, a Villains Variant cover for Secret Empire, by Dan Mora, was revealed which many took to suggest that Magneto was joining Hydra in their fascist takeover of America, led by none other than Steve Rogers, Captain America himself.
Many were shocked and even livid. Hydra, as much as Marvel would like me to believe otherwise, are essentially comics Nazis, or at the very least were actively collaborating with the Nazis during World War II. Magneto canonically is a survivor of the Nazi death camps of the Second World War.
Secret Empire writer Nick Spencer suggested that the cover in question need not have anything to do with the actual story, through the medium of sarcasm.
That is a fair point to be sure, but nearly every other Villain Variant cover featured a villain who seems to have a role in the Secret Empire story.
Well, over the weekend at C2E2, attendees may have noticed another clue as to whether Magneto is joining up with Marvel’s premier fascists. The event program featured a cover by Mike McKone, who posted the inks for the cover on Instagram.
Well, that definitely seems like a heroes of Secret Empire vs villains of Secret Empire. And that definitely seems to be Magneto with the Hydra-supporting villains.
So it seems maybe there is more to that variant cover than we were led to believe?