Marvel’s Joe Quesada was on The Colbert Report last night, and dropped a very interesting announcement about their plans for a new Captain America. Apparently in November, at issue #25, someone new will take over the cowl and the shield and become the new Captain America. Rogers’s role has changed much of late, becoming as the Executive Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the comics and effectively going to war with the X-Men (it’s complicated). But in the current run, he has also been drained of the super soldier serum by the villain known as the Iron Nail, leaving him effectively de-powered.
But the world needs a Captain America, and the choice for the new Cap is an interesting one — Sam Wilson, otherwise known as the Falcon, one of Cap’s frequent partners and one of the cooler, if lesser-known, characters in the Marvel universe. You non-comic readers may remember him as this guy:
I can already hear the fanboys howling.
There’s no word on how permanent (it’s comic books, so who the hell knows) a change this will be (for either Wilson or Rogers), but Wilson is an excellent choice. And before people start crying about political correctness or fidelity to the character’s history, let’s be clear — this is not the first time someone else has taken on the name and duties of Captain America. In fact, Wilson is not only the seventh character to take on the title, but one could even consider him to be the second African-American one (although the history behind the man known as Isaiah Bradley is a bit complex).
As with the Thor announcement, no idea how this may affect the Marvel movies, if at all, as it depends on how permanent it may be. But it’s a good step. The superhero universe has revolved around the same core of characters for decades, and efforts at diversifying are always met with a bit of resistance. Bringing women and minorities to the forefront like this is an interesting step, and using an established character to do so gives the idea a solid foundation. Perhaps it really is time for Steve Rogers to step aside, and if he’s going to do so, Sam Wilson is an excellent replacement.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)