Marvel says the next Captain America
will be an African American
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[July 17, 2014] By
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An African
American character will soon strap on the star-emblazoned shield and
step into the red, white and blue uniform of Captain America in the
pages of Marvel Comics.
The character of Captain America first appeared in 1941, as a
super soldier fighting the Nazis. He was revived by Marvel in
the 1960s and became an icon among Marvel's lineup of heroes.
The change in characters was announced on the publisher's
official website on Wednesday. It is built around the retirement
of Captain America's original alter ego, Steve Rogers, who finds
he has lost the extraordinary strength and agility he had once
gained from injections of performance-enhancing "super soldier
Rogers will hand the Captain America persona to his much younger
friend and cohort, the character Sam Wilson, already a comic
book star in his own right as the true identity behind the
winged superhero known as Falcon.
A three-page explanation of the transformation was posted under
the headline: "It's time for an all-new Captain America." It was
authored by Marvel writer-artist Rick Remender and editor Tom
Brevoort, part of the creative team involved in the publisher's
re-launch of several of its popular heroes.
The Captain America update also was unveiled by Marvel Comics'
chief creative officer, Joe Quesada, during a Wednesday night TV
appearance on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report."
It came one day after Marvel's announcement that another
founding member of its Avengers superhero team, the
hammer-wielding Norse god Thor, would be reintroduced as a
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For now, the changes in both characters - Thor and Captain America -
will be limited to the pages of Marvel comic books. Chris Hemsworth
will continue to play a male Thor, and Chris Evans a white Captain
America, in Marvel's feature films.
When Sam Wilson suits up as Captain America this fall, the character
will undergo more than a mere racial transformation.
Wilson will don a modified version of the familiar Captain America
costume and keep Cap's trademark circular shield, according to
Remender and Brevoort. But he will retain a key vestige of his old
Falcon persona - retractable wings that give him the power of
As for the old Cap, Steve Rogers will stick around to serve as a
strategic advisor to his successor, Marvel said.
(Reporting by Steve Gorman; Editing by Larry King)
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