Marvel shakes up hero line with new Captain America (Wired UK)

New Cap
New Cap

The Falcon
soars as the new Captain America

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Marvel Comics is giving its core line up of heroes a massive
revamp, with the latest reveal being that The Falcon will be taking
over as the new Captain America in November.

On last night’s satirical news show The Colbert Report,
Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada
joined host Stephen Colbert to officially announce that the
incumbent Captain America, Steve Rogers, would be stepping down, as
a result of the currently running storyline in the comics.

“Steve Rogers saved the world again, but not without personal
sacrifice — he lost the super-soldier serum,” Quesada told
Colbert, and by extension his approximately two million nightly
viewers. “Steve had to hand the mantle over. Sam Wilson, his
partner the Falcon will be the new Captain America.”

When Colbert — who has made a recurring joke on the show over
the years of being a suitable replacement for Cap — asks who then
becomes the new Falcon, Quesada offers “We really thought about
this at Marvel and that opening is available. And just to try this
out, we commissioned one of our great artists, Kris Anka, to do an
image of you as the

The new
The new

Colbert may yet make an appearance as a Marvel
superhero, though we doubt it.

© 2014 Comedy Central

Wilson takes up the shield in All-New Captain America
, shipping in November. In an in-house interview at, the writer of the Captain
series, Rick Remender, says “I’ve been having a lot of
fun writing Sam. It’s a completely different attitude. The fact
that he’s not a soldier shifts things up a bit. Sam’s not going to
be Steve. Steve can be very rigid. That can be kind of joyless at
times, whereas Sam is absolutely not that.” Given the Falcon looks
to be keeping his flight abilities (and presumably his ability to
telepathically communicate with birds), he’ll certainly make for a
very different Captain America for however long he wears the

Wilson won’t be the first black character to be revealed as
Captain America. A 2003 mini-series,
Truth: Red, White, and Black
, introduced Isaiah Bradley,
the survivor of a World War II military experiment to recreate the
Super Soldier serum who took on the mantle for a time. His grandson
Elijah would inherit his mantle, becoming Patriot in
Young Avengers.

The new Captain America comes as little surprise, with the cover
to the upcoming Avengers #35 having already shown Wilson
in costume as Cap, a fact commented on when the news first broke. While
Colbert as the Falcon is unlikely to make it to the pages of the
comics, it’s the fact that the change in status quo was made on
mainstream American television that is noteworthy. Much like the
reveal of the new female Thor on The View, this is evidence of a geek
culture-focussed change being advertised and marketed to an
audience outside the usual perceived demographic of straight white
males. It’s hugely inclusive, and while seasoned comics readers
know it’s only a matter of time before the classic characters
return to the roles.

The Falcon’s promotion and the new Thor aren’t the only big
changes coming to Marvel though. The publisher has also announced
Iron Man will be getting a revamp in November, with the launch of
Superior Iron Man #1. Tony Stark will be moving to San
Francisco, with a new suit of sleek white armour — one that
Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso describes as the “Genius Bar”
costume — and a plan to reinvent the entire city. As revealed to
Entertainment Weekly, it’s just the tip of the iceberg for
the Avengers line-up, with a similar renewed focus coming
for Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Deathlok, and the Inhumans, all of
whom have had, or are about to receive, big spotlights in movies or
television shows.

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