A Hydra is not an Octopus
It’s the second time I’ve seen that “don’t say Hail Hydra” post going around, except this time it had over 12,000 notes, and it really got me re-reflecting on why I, knowing full well that Hydra is a pseudo-Nazi organization in the Marvel canon, was always totally ok with the whole Hail Hydra thing.
See, the thing is, I never thought, even for one second, that anyone who participated (or participates, as it were) in Hail Hydra, did/does so in earnest desire to praise or even reference real-world Nazism. Honestly, I feel like, for someone to have watched either of the Captain America movies or the relevant Agents of SHIELD episodes and to have completely missed Hydra’s Nazi-ness, they must’ve, like, slept through half the movie or something; they made it pretty damn obvious, I think. And even before that, there were the comic books, so, I mean…we knew. i suppose there were people who hadn’t watched any of the movies or read the comic books running around Hail-Hydra-ing to, I dunno, fit in, join in on the meme, or whatever, who were unaware, so I guess for their sakes, yes, fyi, Hydra is basically the Marvel universe’s Nazis-by-proxy; the more you know. But that, in no way means, it’s at all necessary to react “Hail Hydra” like one would to “Heil Hitler”, or whatever.
(Disclaimer: I know very little of the comic books, so I’ll just be sticking to my familiar territory, the MCU…slight spoilers?)