This is not a clone, not an imposter, not mind control, not someone else acting through Steve. This is really Steve Rogers, Captain America himself.EW.com
Now, H.Y.D.R.A. (last time I am typing that fucking word!) was born from the death of the Nazis and was basically their "Plan B." They infiltrated the American and Soviet governments via the Cold War's need for scientists and nasty weapons. They then used their cover to keep America on the brink of war for decades while allowing acts of terrorism and minor wars to keep the people scared and willing to turn over more and more freedom in the name of security. It was by this less aggressive means that the Nazis would eventually win WW2 and take over the world.
For the entire history of the comic book (Captain America pre-dates Marvel comics), Captain America has been all that stood between the Nazis and their end game. To have him suddenly outed as a Nazi agent since day one would be akin to finding out James Bond has always been a double agent for S.P.E.C.T.R.E. This only works if you ignore EVERY SINGLE STORY THAT HAS EVER BEEN TOLD ABOUT THIS CHARACTER SINCE THE DAY THEY WERE CREATED!
And I'm not even going to get into the fact that this America Icon now deemed a Nazi was created by two Jewish writers because that has nothing to do with the narrative, but it is a slap in the face.
Back to the Nerd Mode: I am going to use my favorite all time Marvel event to explain exactly why Captain America being a bad guy makes ZERO SENSE: the first Civil War.
In the comics, the break in the Marvel universe happened because a young group of heroes had a reality TV show and went after bad guys above their pay-grade in the name of ratings. Needless to say, they were defeated, but one of the bad guys used his massive power and the fight ended with over 600 dead, including many children as the fight took place near a school. The public outcry was quick and the government's response even quicker: All masked heroes must register with S.H.I.E.L.D and become government agents. Iron Man agreed and became the main force behind getting heroes to register, while Captain America felt such an action violated freedom and put innocent people at risk. He feared leaks, spies, or Nazi infiltration (which turned out to be the case in a later Marvel event), and he lead the resistance. Both sides recruited whomever they could get; be it hero of villain, and the fight got nasty. It ended with Captain America sacrificing himself and turning himself in, not because he was wrong, but in the name of restoring order and hoping for a more peaceful solution.
So...to recap: the Nazis were backed by the government and were gathering a database of every single good guy's secret identity and details of their families and it was Nazi Captain America who lead the fight AGAINST it? Would it not have made more sense to the story if Iron Man was revealed to be a secret Nazi?
Here's my case for Iron Man being the H.Y.D.R.A. agent. (I can't escape typing that damned word):
- His father was a founding member of S.H.I.E.L.D and could have easily gotten his choice of former Nazis through clearance and into ranking positions within the organization.
- His father had access to incredible advances in technology. Having him secretly be a Nazi would explain the Stark Industries dominance in the world.
- Captain America and Iron Man have rarely seen eye-to-eye and have often fought.
- Tony Stark's personal life can almost be seen as a mockery of America culture and could be used by the organization whose name I am too lazy to type to foster unrest such as Occupy Wall Street.
- The imagery of the Iron Man with the Iron Fist works far better to the oppression of that organization than Captain America with his Star-Spangled Shield.
- The public would accept it better although the press would have been worse.