A lot of announcements have been coming out of the Marvel camp regarding the comic universe, specifically around some of their top heroes, all falling into their new ‘Avengers Now’ initiative.
So far we have had the news that the new Thor is a woman and that Iron Man has a new suit and the addition of ‘superior’ to his title (which by the way did not work out well for Spider-Man when he got all ‘superior’, so don’t expect Iron Man to be that likeable in his upcoming run, Superior Iron Man #1).
And now we know that The Falcon (Sam Wilson) Marvel’s first African-American superhero will be taking over from Steve Rogers as Captain America in All-New Captain America #1 written by Rick Remender and drawn by Stuart Immonen .
If you are not a comic book reader you may know The Falcon from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, played by the amazing Anthony Mackie (who totally rocked the role).
Yep, Steve Rogers is hanging up his shield and passing the mantle on, mainly because (spoiler ahead if you have not read the comic) in Captain America #21, he was drained of his Super Soldier Serum by Iron Nail and ended up not only frail, but very much looking his actual age.
So pretty much in no shape to physically take down bad guys. Rogers will still be about though, but in more of an advisory role going forward.
The All-New Captain America is Sam Wilson (Picture: Marvel)
The Falcon played by Anthony Mackie in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Picture: Marvel)
This isn’t the first time that someone else has taken up the role of Captain America. When Rogers was killed in the aftermath of the Marvel civil war event, Bucky Barnes (The Winter Soldier) took over and The Falcon won’t be the first black Captain America either, early super soldier program subject Isaiah Bradley got in there first.
When news broke that there would be a new Captain America, Sam Wilson’s Falcon taking over was the most logical answer to the question of who it would be, so I am really glad that this is the path that Marvel have pursued, especially, as it is the one that makes the most sense.
The Falcon has been Captain America’s buddy and wingman for a long, long time and understands the importance, the danger, and what it really means to be Captain America. It is a bit like (to refer to an entirely different universe) when Dick Grayson (Robin) became Batman, when Batman was thought to be dead.
The Falcon is a very exciting choice mainly because he is so different from Steve Rogers.
Steve Rogers at times was very stuck in his old-timey way of thinking. Mainly because he was super old and came from a whole different time in history when sensibilities and life was very different.
Sam Wilson is unencumbered with that. He is a modern man and very much understands the world and people of today. He also has a social worker background so he knows up close and personal how bad situations can shape people and has an empathy that stretches out to even the worst of society, because for the most part he understands how they got that way. He also holds similar beliefs to Steve Rogers, so there will be a continuity of sorts.
This will be a whole new Captain America, there are a few questions though. Will Sam Wilson get dosed with some Super Soldier Serum? Will the wings be too clunky with the shield? I guess we will have to wait for the first issue to find out!