So, now Captain America is Black. Why is that shocking? Last night on The Colbert Resport Marvel CCO Joe Quesada announced that Sam Wilson (previously known as the Falcon) while take on the role of Captain America in the October issue. This is shocking news for several reasons.
First, 99% of people had never heard of Sam Wilson before Captain America: The Winter Soldier played by Anthony Mackie. The character's been around since the 60's and is the first African-American superhero but most people think of him as a minor character.
Second, Captain America embodied the Caucasian ideal. He's strong, he's patriotic and he's got blue eyes and blond hair. Marvel executive editor Tom Brevoort said "It's about time. In 2014, this should be a thing that we shrug off, it shouldn't be seen as revolutionary, but it still feels exciting.”
Third, everyone loves Chris Evans and don't want the movies to change. They won't.
Fourth, Marvel has already blown people away with the news that Thor will become an unnamed woman and will be known as Thor, not She-Thor.
Here's why it's cool though.
Plus, he'll be able to fly. “Historically, Falcon would often act as air support, flying Steve into the battle." Rick Remender told Marvel, "Why not merge the two? He pops the wings, and as he flies, he keeps the shield latched onto his back. He dives down onto the scene, hurls the shield, wings retract, and rolls into a kick or jump, catches the shield on the way back. He doesn’t have the super soldier serum, but he has the added zing-zang-zoom of flight.”
All this is part of Marvel NOW! they started back in 2012 as "the next chapter in the ongoing saga of the Marvel Universe." Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso said, "From October through February, we’ll provide at least one great reason for readers—old, lapsed or new—to go into a comic store each week: a new issue #1, featuring an exciting new creative team and driving concept, that’s an easy entry-point into the Marvel Universe."Wave Two started in 2013 and led to more changes. The most noticeable one is that Dr. Octopus became Superior Spider-Man.
While none of these changes will probably stick for long it shows Marvel is serious about broadening it's audience. “We have more of a global audience than ever,” says Brevoort. “And that just makes us more aware that we have more readers of different backgrounds who are hungry for characters who come from circumstances like their own. Our creators take that seriously.”
What do you think of the news of a Black Captain America?
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