New Captain America Is Black
Longtime Cap ally Sam Wilson takes over mantle
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 17, 2014 7:30 AM CDT
The new Sam Wilson Captain America is seen in this Stuart Immonen illustration.   (Marvel)

(Newser) – There's a new Captain America, and he looks more like a whole different swath of Americans. Marvel has announced that a black hero—longtime Cap ally Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon—will be taking over his star-spangled mantle in Captain America #25, the New York Daily News reports. Classic Cap Steve Rogers has been looking for a replacement since being aged into a 90-year-old man in the current storyline (though, as IGN points out, truly plugged-in fans will have known the outcome of that search for a while, thanks to the solicitation for Avengers #35). Wilson will be familiar to moviegoers thanks to his appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

"It's about time," Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort said. "In 2014 this should be a thing that we shrug off, it shouldn't be seen as revolutionary, but it still feels exciting." The announcement comes just days after Marvel announced a new female Thor, and that's no accident, writes Andrew Wheeler at Comics Alliance. "These changes suggest an agenda," he writes. "I’d call it progressive agenda, but it’s not. Putting women and people of color in key positions isn’t progressive, it’s just evidence that superhero comics are slowly catching up to the present day."

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Jul 24, 2014 8:17 PM CDT
They forgot the Asian Male Black Widow and the Japanese transvestite Hawkeye.
Jul 20, 2014 6:09 PM CDT
thanks for this review
Jul 19, 2014 3:11 PM CDT
Current heads of Marvel are showing off new gimmicks trying to sell comics instead of developing good story arcs for their franchise characters. Killing off Peter Parker, then making him a ghost and now back shows how bad they are. Having a black/hipanic kid in to replace Parker in the Ultimate series was a good choice, it didn't affect any of the "original" series yet set the field for something different for the character. That's how they should've transformed Captain America, in the Ultimate series. Not the regular Cap line. Also, they never even tried to fully explore the Falcon, make him do something other than just a second string. Now to do that they put him in the costume? Seriously. I have nothing against some changes, some storylines, but when they replaced cap Barnes, Walker, Mace.. All were just bad storylines. and the characters faded... This is probably what is going to happen to Falcon once they change it back and make Rodgers come back (they will.. they always do... It's the part of the gimmick..). They need new ideas, new characters or visit old second string characters and revamp those to bring them back and make them useful again. Putting Falcon into the Cap's suit.. It's just stupid gimmick that will once again show how bad the industry is suffering right now. No growth, no investments in the characters, no investments in the story lines, no imagination.. All business....