The Next Captain America Is Black

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Confirming an earlier report, Marvel's Joe Quesada has revealed on The Colbert Report that the current Captain America, Steve Rogers, will soon be handing in his suit and shield. His replacement will be his partner Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon.

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It's not exactly a shock. Wilson turned up in the latest Captain America movie, played by Anthony Mackie (who did a pretty good job), though he has of course been a regular in Marvel's comics since the 1960s.

The handover will take place in an upcoming issue of the Captain America comic series. Note that Wilson won't be the first black Captain America; Isaiah Bradley, a fellow product of the US Super Soldier program, wore the iconic costume and shield in a comic first published over a decade ago.

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The announcement comes a day after Marvel also made a change to Thor. I wonder if there's anyone else planned. Your best/worst guesses below, please.

Joe Quesada Announces Black Captain America On Colbert Report – Respectfully We Informed You Of This Event At A Previous Juncture [Bleeding Cool]

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milosingreece
Marc Alice

Falcon is one of the first black superheroes to rise to prominence in comics. He had his own identity, his own history, and more importantly was his own hero. By making him the new Captain America they are negating that. They are overshadowing his accomplishments as a original black hero. Now in pop culture he just becomes the minority that's piggy backing off of identity of his predecessor. He'll be no better than US Agent.

Race/Gender/Sexual Orientation swapping of a character doesn't help make comics more diverse. It hinders the ability for the characters Race/Gender/Sexual Orientation to exist without being seen in comparison or competition with the original (essentially lacking any agency). Also an implication of how they market the "new directions with old characters" is treating these new directions like sideshows. Basically using faux diversity as a marketing tool (The View….Really?). It really cheapens the effect, especially because whenever Avengers 2 comes out, we all know Steve and Thor will magically be restored to their WASP-esque selves.

Instead of swapping old characters Race/Gender/Sexual Orientation maybe Marvel (and DC) should create original characters from those backgrounds and promote them. Maybe their staff should be more diverse. Maybe Wonder Woman should wear some actual armor and not a one piece bathing suit. Don't get me wrong there have been recent series in Marvel to do diversity right. But these newest steps are not doing anyone any favors. I fully acknowledge this can seem like some sort of nerd rage, but I assure you this comes a genuine place. As a minority reader I have always wanted more diversity in my comics, but I want it in a way that celebrates original narratives.