A few days ago, I shared the sneak peek of Captain America #25 which teased that a new person would be replacing Steve Rogers as Captain America. We already knew that The Winter Soldier had been the Captain for a brief period, so the next logical guess I had was Sam Wilson a/k/a Falcon. I never would have thought I'd be spot on with that prediction, but it honestly makes sense for a few reasons:
- Falcon is one of Captain America's long time allies and closest friends.
- He is a credible hero and Avenger.
- Falcon already has mainstream recognition after his appearance in the Captain America: The Winter Soldier film.
Now after the news of Thor's gender change, we are seeing some great responses to Wilson donning the uniform but we are also seeing a lot of racially-charged dialogue which is quite sad. We live in an age of racial diversity and considering how long Falcon has been around and how large of a role he's had in the Captain America mythos, people should embrace the change. Fans should remember that in comics nothing is permanent – unless of course it's the death of Uncle Ben or the death Bruce Wayne's parents (and who knows someday that may change too). Check out Wilson in his new uniform and get ready for a new set of stories as Captain America #1 launches this November.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARVEL ANNOUNCES THE NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA!
Sam Wilson, Formerly The Falcon, is the New Captain America in All-New Captain America #1
New York, NY – July 17th, 2014 – Marvel is excited to announce that beginning in November 2014, the title of Captain America will be passed to Sam Wilson, The Falcon, in the pages of All-New Captain America #1 by series writer Rick Remender (Captain America, Uncanny Avengers) and series artist Stuart Immonen (All-New X-Men).
Announced on “The Colbert Report” by Joe Quesada, “Sam Wilson…The Falcon, is the new Captain America.”
Addressing how Sam Wilson will follow in the footsteps of his predecessor, Steve Rogers, Remender says, “Sam wants to lead by example. To help people see their own selfishness and to turn it around. To build better communities, to never forget the little guy.” Remender continues, “Sam follows his heart and his belief in what the American dream means and how it belongs to everyone.”
The question remains: what happens with the original Captain America, Steve Rogers? Executive Editor Tom Brevoort says, “Steve’s spirit is as willing as ever, but his body is no longer up to the task of being Captain America. So he’ll employ his skills as the new Cap’s remote strategic adviser, running Cap’s missions from his headquarters in Avengers Mansion and providing Sam with technical support and field information from a distance. He’ll also tutor Sam in how to throw the shield, a skill that’s deceptively difficult for the new Cap to master. So Steve will continue to be a vital part of the series moving ahead.”
For more details on All-New Captain America, visit Marvel.com for their interview with Rick Remender and Tom Brevoort.
All-New Captain America #1 will be available this November in all local comic book retailers and available in the Marvel Digital Comics Store.
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