After Marvel teased their next big epic, Secret Empire, that will see the Red Skull and Captain America’s machinations force the Marvel Universe to unite together to defeat Hydra, Marvel is unveiling a prelude, Secret Empire #0 along with Captain America’s brand new Hydra uniform.

Creators Nick Spencer and Daniel Acuña will kick off the premier comic series that will see Captain America’s plan laid out in Secret Empire #0. Captain America’s ability to use the trust and respect he has gained over the years will enable him to enact Hydra’s goals. Everything has lead to this. From the death of Jack Flag, the trial of Maria Hill, the second Civil War, and the alien Chitauri Queen have all been leading to Captain America’s end goal. It only needs one small push to set it all into motion.

“Wherever you find favor within the Marvel Universe, SECRET EMPIRE is a story for you,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “When the world’s most respected and trusted super hero, Captain America, assumes ultimate power and goes bad, it serves as a rallying cry for all the heroes. Avengers, X-Men, Guardians, Inhumans and street-level heroes unite to fight for the fate – and soul – of the Marvel Universe.”

Hydra’s grip will tighten across the Marvel Universe testing every single Marvel team and hero including the Avengers, the Champions, the Defenders, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the X-Men, and more. Not only will they be tested, but they will have to come to terms with the ultimate betrayal from Captain America. Will they be able to trust each other after the most trusted among them betrays them?

Secret Empire #0 will hit comic book shelves in April followed by Secret Empire #1 in May.

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