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That’s one way to ring in the occasion.

Captain America celebrated his 700th issue in a very surprising way this week.

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Warning: this article contains spoilers for Captain America #700!

Issue #700 caps off a storyline called “Out of Time,” with Steve Rogers finding himself stuck in the year 2025 and fighting to liberate the US from a tyrant named King Babbington. In this final chapter, Cap reluctantly agrees to become the new king after overthrowing Babbage. That proves to be a fateful decision indeed, one that culminates in Cap’s death.

This story unfolds over the course of many months, with Cap and his allies fighting a losing battle to keep the fragile nation from being overwhelmed by opportunistic invaders and problems like widespread famine and civil war. In the end, Cap realizes he has no choice but to return to his own time and prevent Babbington’s army Rampart from taking control of the country in the first place.

Art by Chris Samnee. (Marvel Comics)

Art by Chris Samnee. (Marvel Comics)

Thanks to a little help from Bruce Banner, Cap returns to the present mere moments after he was frozen in ice in issue #697. But in order to stop Rampart deadly doomsday weapon, Cap is forced to sacrifice his own life much as he did during his final mission in World War II, only this time he didn’t survive the blast.

The good news is that the blasts freed Cap’s younger self from his icy imprisonment. Thanks to his older self’s actions, this Cap has no memory of traveling to the future and becoming king of America. This issue manages the clever trick of killing its main character without actually taking Captain America off the board. That’s one way to celebrate a milestone.

Art by Chris Samnee. (Marvel Comics)

Art by Chris Samnee. (Marvel Comics)

Lets us know in the comments below if you think Marvel gave Cap a worthy death. And be sure to check out our review for Captain America #700.

Jesse is a mild-mannered writer for IGN. Allow him to lend a machete to your intellectual thicket by following @jschedeen on Twitter, or Kicksplode on MyIGN.





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