William Shakespeare is a famous English playwright who produced some of the most memorable works of all time, including Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Die Hard 2, and Hamlet. Nick Spencer writes Captain America and the Marvel super-mega-crossover event Secret Empire, about Captain America being a Nazi. Besides the obvious similarities, such as lasting literary impact or all those times Shakespeare went down to the Globe theater to argue at critics who didn’t like his plays, Spencer and Shakespeare have some other things in common as well. For instance, now, both writers know what its like to have the fans turn on them.
Spencer empathized with his spiritual brother after a modernized performance of Julius Caesar as part of New York City’s Shakespeare In The Park found itself under fire from conservative news outlets and pundits for depicting the assassination of a President Donald Trump analogue. Spencer took to Twitter to point out:
Spencer then mocked the predictability of political hacks blindly toeing the party line while repeating the same talking points over and over again:
And suggested that ignorance of the subject matter was behind the complaints:
Spencer showed that corporations must be held responsible for the political decisions they make with their money:
The play is about the danger to democracy from *both* Caesar and those who resist him in the name of the republic but outside its laws.
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) June 11, 2017
All the world’s a stage, Nick Spencer. Even Twitter.