Captain America Makes Sin, the Red Skull’s Daughter, Deadlier Than Ever


In Captain America, a torturous experience unleashed the lost power of Sin, the Red Skull’s daughter, after it was locked away for years.

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In Captain America, the relationship between the villainous Alexa Lukin and Red Skull’s daughter, Sinthea, has been strained for months. However, Alexa had plans for Sinthea and gave her a considerable power boost, making Sin a significant player in the war against Captain America.

After disagreeing how to take on the Star-Spangled Avenger, Alexa won over Sinthea. The brash youngster apologized to Alexa, admitting she was right about bringing Captain America down for the world to see. Without warning, Alexa unleashed a demonic attack on her while they walked through the woods. This assault reactivated the long-dormant powers that Sin possessed as Mother Superior, which had been hidden under numerous psychic layers.

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Captain America Sin Mother Superior

Although this spells trouble for Marvel’s heroes  Alexa’s timing couldn’t have been better. The Daughters of Liberty, along with Captain America’s allies, closed in on Alexa while she was off Soviet soil. While Dryad faced off against Alexa, an assassin shot her in the head, taking her down. Seeing this, Sinthea lost control again. While Alexa fell, Sinthea unleashed with a psionic attack, blowing back all her attackers, including the Winter Soldier and used her teleportation to escape with Alexa.

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When Sin first appeared in 1984’s Captain America #298 by J. M. DeMatteis and Paul Neary, Red Skull told Captain America his origin story. This included Sinthea’s birth and transformation into Mother Superior. Red Skull wanted an heir and was angry when he bore a daughter. However, after Sinthea was born, Red Skull accelerated her aging into adulthood. He used his Deus Machina to deliver dark visions into her mind, ensuring she shared his worldview and giving her superhuman powers. Mother Superior quicklt rose to be one of Red Skull’s top lieutenants.

Sin as Mother Superior

When the machine Red Skull planned to use to de-age himself also affected Mother Superior and Captain America, Sinthea lost her powers of telepathy, teleportation and intangibility. After the battle against Red Skull, S.H.I.E.L.D. took Sinthea to reeducate her, including installing false memories. Crossbones freed her in 2006’s Captain America #15 by Ed Brubaker and Mike Perkins. The villain broke the S.H.I.E.L.D. conditioning, but Mother Superior’s abilities never returned.

Now, it appears these powers were merely dormant, locked inside her head by psychic layers, burying them deep within her. Alexa believed they were still there. She traumatized the girl to unlock the barriers in her mind. It worked as Sinthea regained her immense power, destroying demons, taking out several heroes, and attempting to save Alexa Lukin’s life. As Ta-Nehisi Coates and Leonard Kirk’s Captain America run comes to an end, the repowering of Sinthea Schmidt brings it to an end on a shocking note that could have reverberations for years to come.

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