10 Best Fakeout Endings In Comics

9. The Not-Quite Death Of Captain America

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While Captain America more recently had the fakeout reveal that he actually hadn't been working as an undercover Hydra agent for the past several decades, a far more engaging fakeout relating to the Sentinel of Liberty occurred in the aftermath of 2006's Civil War arc.

After Steve Rogers and Tony Stark had butted heads over Stark's belief that all superheroes needed to be registered and governed, the fallout of this saw the does-exactly-as-it-says-on-the-tin tale of Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America.

Having handed himself into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody after Civil War, Cap is assassinated at the orders of the Red Skull. Skull first had Crossbones shoot Rogers from distance with a sniper rifle, and then the brainwashed Sharon Carter - who was at this point dating Steve - delivered the fatal shot from close range.

With that, Captain America was dead, the world of Marvel Comics grieved, two funerals took place, and the world tried to adjust to a life without Steve Rogers by having Bucky Barnes take on the Cap mantle as per Rogers' wishes.

Much like the death of Superman back in 1993, Rogers remained dead for a hefty amount of time, and it would be two years later in Captain America: Reborn that we'd see Steve return - with it revealed how the 'fatal' shot from Sharon Carter had actually phased Cap through space and time rather than killed him.


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