Captain America, Shield, Battle-worn, The names of Captain America and Steve Rodgers will no longer be synonymous. Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada announced Wednesday night on The Colbert Report that Sam Wilson, better known as Falcon in the Marvel Universe, will be taking up the mantle (or shield) of the great American hero.

This is Marvel’s second big announcement this week, after revealing on The View that Thor will now be a woman.

The news comes after the latest issue of Captain America (2012), in which Steve Rodgers’ super soldier serum is sucked out of his body. This triggers Rodgers to rapidly age, leaving him unable to wield his iconic shield. But don’t think that the old Cap’ is down and out for the count, according to Marvel editor Tom Brevoort Steve will serve as Sam Wilson’s strategic advisor.  

Sam Wilson (aka Falcon) will becone the new Captain America.

“[Steve will] also tutor Sam how to throw a shield, a skill that’s deceptively difficult for the new Cap to master,” Brevoort explains on Marvel.com. “Steve and Sam are effectively brothers-in-arms, and there’s a level of trust and camaraderie between them that’s matched only by that of soldiers who’ve fought shoulder-to-shoulder in foxholes on the battlefield.”

Other Marvel characters have carried the famous shield, but this is the first time that a black character has officially taken on the role of Captain America. However, Sam Wilson isn’t the first Captain America of African American descent. According to BuzzFeed, Isaiah Bradley, who underwentrigorous super soldier training during WWII, is considered by some to be the first black Captain.

Isaiah Bradley is considered by some to be the first black Captain America.

This is also an opportunity to see how both characters will grow while adjusting to their new roles. Story writer Rick Remender feels “it’s important with these stories to do things that are natural and make sense and have an inherent logic to the universe…”

Remender also mentions that Sam is very different from his predecessor in terms of community engagement. “The fact that [Sam’s] not a soldier shifts things up a bit…For most of his professional life, Sam has worked as a social worker, so he’s seen the worst of urban society up close, and how crime, poverty, lack of social structure and opportunity can affect the community.”

Sam Wilson’s debut as Captain America is set for this fall in ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA.

In other news, the role of Falcon is now open, which could possibly be filled by Stephen Colbert.      

         

 

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