Recently, Tatsuki Fujimoto, the creator of the famous manga series titled, ‘Chainsaw Man’ shared a fan art on Twitter that came up as rather disturbing than surprising. The shared fan art is a rendition of MCU’s Captain America in a monstrous look. The Star-Spangled Man has been considered as one of the most reputed superheroes of all time but it seems like Fujimoto does not share the same view. This twisted depiction of Steve Rogers has already led people to read between the lines as to what surprises they might get to witness in the upcoming part of the manga.
‘Chainsaw Man’ is an action-packed comedy horror fantasy manga series that was being serialized in the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine of Shueisha from the year 2018 to 2020. The Manga has been licensed in North America in English by Viz Media in both hard and digital edition. You can also read it online on Manga Plus where it is published by Shueisha.
The series has been set in a sphere where the fears of human beings are manifested physically as Devils— dangerous and malevolent. However, humans can form contracts with the devils in order to use a fraction of their powers. The storyline revolves around a young and depressed man named, Denji who has been struggling to pay off the debts of his deceased father to the Yakuza by trading his organs and working as the hunter of a devil. He is also the owner of a devil named Pochita that looks like a chainsaw and helps Denji with his work. However, when he discovers that Yakuza has plotted to kill him, Denji merges with Pochita and gets revived as a human-devil hybrid having Pochita’s chainsaw ability. He becomes a Devil Hunter in order to avoid getting hunted himself.
In the newly released depiction, Fujimoto has ditched the usual look of the blue-eyed, square-jawed superhero with a twisted grin and a pair of massive firearms, clad in the opponent’s blood— just like one of the Devils of Chainsaw Man. The traditional shield of Captain America has been missing in Fujimoto’s fan art, which usually depicts the theme of non-violence and protection and has been replaced by a massive rifle and pistol.
It is quite unimaginable that someone has actually tried to mess with Captain America’s image but looking from a political point of view, Fujimoto’s take on Cap represents the fear and distrust that the Japanese have on the US government. The fan art is impressive and unique for sure, which serves as a reminder that his creation and imagination is not limited to the fears and socio-political issues within Chainsaw Man. It is also very exciting how instead of reimagining the more terrifying candidates like Hulk, Carnage and Ghost Rider as Devils, it is a heroic character like Captain America that he has chosen to feature in the upcoming sequel.
Captain America, on multiple occasions, has worked against the government of the USA in the movies (which is for the good for sure), and while his defiant and righteous traits make him a hero in the eyes of the majority of people, it is still impossible to not have people with a different opinion. At the end of the day, it appears like the heroism of a fictional character just lies in the eyes of the beholder and can be altered as the situation demands. However, all of our thinking might have nothing to do with ‘Chainsaw Man’ season 2 and the fan art is just one of the things that the illustrator had wished to draw.
The second part of the manga has already been announced and will be available online on Shōnen Jump+ magazine. Moreover, the fans of ‘Chainsaw Man’ should be overwhelmed to know that the series has been picked up for an anime television series adaptation, which will be produced by MAPPA. The manga has been appreciated by the critics from the very beginning, owing to the solid storytelling, dark humour and violent scenes and is also a commercial success. Moreover, ‘Chainsaw Man’ has been awarded the best shōnen manga at the 66th Shogakukan Manga Award.