Captain America retires for, like, the 78th time (Wired UK)


Mystery Man
Mystery Man

The
identity of the new Captain America will be revealed in
October….

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Marvel Comics has announced that Steve Rogers, the original and
current Captain America, will be retiring from the superhero role,
and a new hero will wield the iconic shield come October.

In the current run on the monthly Captain America
title, writer Rick Remender has been steadily ruining the good
captain’s life. The opening arc stranded Rogers in the hellish
Dimension Z, ruled by one of his strongest enemies, the mad
geneticist Arnim Zola. Due to comic book temporal physics, he was
trapped there for longer than he’d spent living in the modern
world, even raising a son there. On his return to reality, he was
faced with the darker side of the project that granted him his
superpowers, and now those abilities are fading. With the super soldier serum in his blood negated and his age now
catching up with him, Rogers has to choose who to serve as his
successor as the new Captain America.

“The choice he has before him as to who he’s going to select as
his replacement seems very simple at this point — it’s a short
list — but we’re revealing a number of characters in #23 who’ve
been gone for a while, that decision gets a little trickier,” says
Remender. The writer goes into more depth on the upcoming storyline
in a lengthy in-house interview at Marvel.com.


Avengers
#35
Avengers
#35

…unless the secret of the new shield slinger
has already been revealed.

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Inc


The likely contender is Sam Wilson, the Falcon — seen on the
cover of the yet-to-be-released Avengers #35 holding the
shield, with a frail blond man behind him. The character, first
introduced in 1969,
has been getting a large push lately. As well as appearing in
comics including Captain America, The Avengers,
Avengers World, and Mighty Avengers, he broke
into the mainstream with a popular appearance in The Winter
Soldier
movie, played by Anthony Mackie.

However, long term readers may find it a bit hard to get excited
about the storyline. As recently as 2007, Steve Rogers was out of
the star-striped costume as a result of the Death
of Captain America
storyline. Before he got better (death
being less of an impediment than the flu in superhero comics), he
was succeeded by James ‘Bucky’ Barnes, his presumed-dead sidekick
from World War II (he also had gotten better — it’s a whole
thing). It’s not even the first time the serum has worn
off — Mark Gruenwald penned two stories where Cap’s powers were
rendered inert, once leading the character to wear the ill-fated
Cap
Armour
‘.

Remender’s story has been building over the past two years
though, with the Dimension Z arc still impacting the character, his
supporting cast, and the wider Marvel universe. It will also lead
into Axis, Marvel’s big summer event which sees Rogers’
arch-enemy the Red Skull mount a giant offensive. Comics fans can
expect to see both Steve and his successor pulling their weight in
the story.

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Source: wired.co.uk
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