New Captain America Is Black, But More Importantly He’s A Fan Favorite

About time! Falcon, Steve Rogers’s long-time sidekick, will finally inherit the patriotic pajamas as Marvel’s new Captain America. Sam Wilson (the winged heroes real name) has been a fixture in the Marvel universe for nearly 40 years, aiding not only Cap, but the rest of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in their never ending quest to fight villainy. He’s definitely one of the coolest B-side heroes, but he’s never really been given a chance to shine. A fact that makes this marketing push by Marvel so much cooler.falcon-captain-americ

Although, let’s not give the House of Ideas too much praise. Some of these “I’m such a good person because I talk about racism/sexism/any-ism online!” folks laud Marvel’s latest diversity attempts as genuine good will. No. That’s just not true. Marvel is a corporation, and like every other corporation, they desire money. Transforming Captain America into a Black superhero concerns itself with expanding their brand, not expanding the love. The same can be said for yesterday’s announcement regarding the new female Thor.

But even if they’re motivated by money, their efforts have resulted in some pretty cool stuff. How long will these changes last? Probably not that long, especially with the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015. I expect the entire Marvel roster to return to vintage form by that flick’s debut. Marvel certainly wouldn’t want to confuse casual fans with concurrent White and Black Captain Americas. The same can be said for male and female Thor. However short this dalliance with diversity may be (and even though a lot of it is motivated by ‘shock’ value) I know I’m gonna love it. Wilson is a classic hero and I can’t wait to read him in his very own book. Thor, the lady version, should be equally impressive, especially with the current artwork.

Looks like you’re out of work, Steve.


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  • Davis Ray Sickmon Jr

    Fairly good chance you’re right about it not being a permanent change – it’s not the first time someone else has taken up the shield and became Captain America (and a few of them haven’t survived.) It is an interesting choice, though!

    • Unleash The Fanboy

      It is! Reminds me of the time Rhodes officially became Iron Man.

  • WhitB

    I think there’s too much skepticism here about it not being permanent. I mean, Miles Morales has been Spiderman in the Ultimates verse for a while now and seems to still be going strong (despite Peter Parker’s recent return). I’m sure Steve Rogers will show up again, and maybe have his own book again, but I think that means that Sam Wilson’s Captain America will thus go away or fail.

    • WhitB

      Sorry, I made a typo. I meant that I DON’T think that means Sam will ‘go away’ or ‘fail’ as Cap.

  • WhitB

    Sorry, I mean that I DON’T think that means that Sam will ‘go away’ or ‘fail’ as Cap

  • Ricardo Neris

    is a shame he will not shine as The Falcon but as Capt America… I understand this move as the Capt being a symbol now, like Christopher Nolan did with his version of Batman. Bucky was Capt, now Sam Wilson, who’ll be next?

  • VirgilHawkins

    But…why not….Patriot….