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FEATURE: The New Captain America Is Black

Marvel seems to continue their effort to promote diversity in their characters. After announcing that Prodigy is bisexual and that Thor will be a woman, they've announced that Captain America will now be a Black man.
The Guardian reports: "In Marvel's comics series, Rodgers faces a terrible foe in Iron Nail, who drains him of his superpowers, rendering him an old and frail man. He will therefore pass his stars-and-stripes shield to Sam Wilson, an ally who goes by the superhero name of the Falcon. (...) Falcon was created in 1969, and was one of the first African-American superheroes. But even in 2014, high-profile black superheroes are still relatively rare. (...) "This is the fireworks factory we're arriving at, and now everything's going to blow up and be very pretty and exciting to look at," said Rick Remender, the author of the forthcoming book series. "I've been having a lot of fun writing Sam. It's a completely different attitude. The fact that he's not a soldier shifts things up a bit. Sam's not going to be Steve. Steve can be very rigid. That can be kind of joyless at times, whereas Sam is absolutely not that. (...) In the new series of stories, Falcon will be mentored by the former Captain America in taking on the terrorist organisation Hydra. The series will carry the name All-New Captain America, and will debut in the autumn."

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Comment by joshohmygosh on July 25, 2014 at 4:18pm

Who cares? there sooooo late

Comment by malachi smith on July 21, 2014 at 8:48am
Fucking boooooo...sorry, but I've worked in this industry and most of these announcements are hardcore sales gimmicks and generational pandering. Not that it should matter, but I'd bet the farm that the writing, art and editorial staff will be White. Again, not that it should matter...

I also like BOOT-CHEESE-3000's point, what's holding up the Black Panther reboot? That's a real character with solid backstory - not some contrived thing to feign acceptance of all. Cap America and the Falcon made sense, they are buddies or whatever - equals to some extent. This guy becoming Captain America is a whole other thing...there's a much more complex dynamic.

Even Obama must wake up some mornings thinking " this job is bullshit , who needs the hassle "
Comment by boot-cheese-3000 on July 19, 2014 at 9:39pm

I'm not sure of your age but I get the impression we might be around the same age. I was born in the 70s and remember all of those except Falcon (then again I wasn't into Capt. America but was into X-Men). Luke Cage aka Power Man was a insult, dude was an ex-con which was his back story. As a matter of fact quite a few Black Heroes were stereotypes. Wasn't one of them a dopefiend back then as well?

And Lightning Pill.............dude did NOT say a movie on STATIC SHOCK (whoop whoop).............XD

Comment by Clif on July 19, 2014 at 9:26pm

Nah Boot. I'm just probably older than you think. Back in the day, the only comic books in the 70's that had black heroes was

1. Captain America & the Falcon

2. Powerman & Iron Fist

3. X-Men (Storm)

4. Avengers (Black Panther)

5. Black Lightning

When they brought back Black Panther, it was one of the only books I was still reading.

Comment by boot-cheese-3000 on July 19, 2014 at 10:34am

Damn you see? I've been out of the loop for awhile with comics. I didn't know all of that Cliffy-Clif.

...........unless you went to wiki and got the answers yourself. :D

Comment by Lightning Pill on July 19, 2014 at 1:01am

For some reason, I thought they were discussing movies for comic book characters. I was looking to say that I was surprised they didn't just make a movie of Static Shock or Black Vulcan. But altering the hero in comics is a start.

Comment by Clif on July 18, 2014 at 7:16pm

Cap & Falcon were partners for years in the 70's. Black Panther has been both a man and a woman. He married Storm from the X-Men and later divorced. He/She had some twists over the years

Comment by boot-cheese-3000 on July 18, 2014 at 6:55pm

Interesting. I take myself to be quite the Comic Book Nrrd so I tend to have some knowledge of comics but like music and movies there's been so many it's hard to keep up. With that being said I've NEVER heard of a (Black) Superhero named Falcon before so this is a good twist. Still why don't they revamp Black Panther? I'd like to see a updated twist on this guy.


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