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Steve Rogers will and has always been the Captain America, but there have been many other characters who have taken the title. James ‘Bucky’ Barnes, Roger’s long-time sidekick, took the name after Rogers was "killed" in the Death of Captain America arc from 2007 to 2008, but over the last 75 there have many characters who have done the same. Tonight we have learned about the latest.
Joe Quesada, Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Entertainment, was a guest on The Colbert Report this evening, and, as teased earlier today, made a big announcement about Marvel Comics. As noted by Entertainment Weekly, Sam Wilson will be featured as Captain America in the brand new "All-New Captain America #1," which is set to be released in November.
It’s only been three years since Steve Rogers took the identity of Captain America back from Bucky, but he’s been going through some hard times recently with writer Rick Remender holding the pen. In the comics, Rogers has lost the super soldier serum that turned him into a superhero, and has been transformed into a 90-year-old man both physically and mentally. Obviously, he can’t really fight crime and protect the world in that condition.
This news was teased earlier this month, and some began predicting that it would be Sam Wilson becoming Cap. Below you can get your first clear look at Sam Wilson as Captain America...
This big news comes on the heels of news from earlier this week when it was announced on The View that a new Marvel Comics title will feature Thor, as a woman. Between that and Captain America now being a black man, Marvel is clearly making an effort to diversify its audience – which makes a lot of sense given that Marvel Studios’ films have been found to be appealing to all demographics (which is how they now have two of the top five grossing movies of all time). Both the female Thor and the Sam Wilson Cap will be featured in a new comic called "Avengers NOW!", which you can see teased below:
In addition to the new Thor and Cap, the group will also include Scarlet Witch, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Deathlok, Winter Soldier, Medusa, Inferno and Angela.
Much like when Michael B. Jordan was cast as Johnny Storm a.k.a. The Human Torch in the Fantastic Four reboot, we can probably expect a lot of people to get their feathers all riled up over this news. To those people I will say this: Sam Wilson being Captain America is both an interesting experiment that could generate some cool storylines, and also probably very temporary. Much like how no superheroes ever really "die" in comics, we can expect that in a few months/years (depending on sales) Steve Rogers will get the super soldier serum back and once again will become Captain America. So just enjoy the idea for the narrative opportunities it presents and stop complaining.