And Now There Is a New Captain America Too

Just days after announcing that the mantle of Thor will be passed to a woman, Marvel CCO Joe Quesada went on The Colbert Report to announce that the cowl and shield of Captain America will be switching hands as well. Sam Wilson—who’s been Cap’s high-flying partner the Falcon since 1969—will take over after Steve Rogers loses the super soldier serum in his blood. Wilson is notable for being Marvel’s first African-American superhero (The Black Panther—from Marvel’s fictional African nation of Wakanda—appeared a few years earlier) and made his big screen debut in this year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This promotion is a sizable one, and it all starts in Captain American #25. Comic purists may revolt, but it’s nice to see Marvel taking some creative risks and being willing to let its roster reflect a little more diversity …

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