AN axed Captain America TV show was forced to censor its Nazi villain – despite an outrageous plot to turn Stonehenge into a giant Swastika.
The First Avenger may have been a hit on the big screen thanks to Chris Evans’ portrayal from the first movie in 2011 until Avengers: End Game earlier this year.
But back in the 1990s, Marvel planned to release an animated series about Steve Rogers but canned it before a single episode made it to air.
There are a number of potential reasons and rumours why this happened, starting with the fact the show planned to make a series of big changes to Captain America’s story.
Shockingly, they planned to change his name to Tommy Tompkins, with Steve Rogers acting as a pseudonym.
The show also randomly planned to avoid naming Cap’s enemies as Nazis, despite the action being set during the Second World War.
However John Semper Jr, who produced the Spider-Man animated series, claimed in an article on comicbook.com that the Cap cartoon was cancelled “due to Marvel’s shaky financial and ‘political’ situation.”
This again hints that Marvel’s reluctance to mention Nazis was a major stumbling block for the show.
But another famed comic-book writer – Steve Englehart – tells a different story on his website, revealing he wrote an episode of the Captain America animated series called ‘Skullhenge’.
Steve also refers to Marvel’s “monetary troubles” and the fact the Nazis and swastikas were banned from being mentioned on the show.
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Meanwhile CBR writer Brian Cronin carried out some investigations and he concluded the reason for Cap’s cartoon being canned was most likely to be because of a change in management at Marvel and its eventual bankruptcy.
Thankfully, as Marvel fans will know, the company was able to transform its fortunes in a staggering fashion following the launch of Marvel Studios in 2005.
It spawned the first Iron Man movie in 2008 which kicked off the multi-million dollar making Marvel Cinematic Universe – which included three standalone Captain America movies.
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