Marvel recently shook up the comic book world by announcing that the role of Thor is being passed to a woman (his daughter). Now, they’re making waves again with the announcement of a black man— Sam Wilson aka Falcon— assuming the role of Captain America. The announcement came via The Colbert Report, which is appropriate considering Marvel gave Colbert Captain America’s shield in 2007 to commemorate the life of Rogers post-Civil War.
The change comes about from Captain America #21 where Cap fights the Iron Nail, who drains the super-soldier serum out of him, which is responsible for his extremely high strength and keeping his body and mind young. In turn, Cap ends up with no powers, and turns into a frail-ass old man.
The passing of the Captain America torch to Falcon should be no surprise, because Falcon was Cap’s longtime right hand man in the comics. Speaking on the change, series editor Tom Brevoort says:
“While Sam shares many of Steve’s beliefs in a general sense, he’s also a very different person with a very different background. He didn’t grow up in the 1930s, he’s a modern-day man in touch with the problems of the 21st Century.”
Marvel is looking to trailblaze the comic world with diversity for this generation, starting with Miles Morales and continuing on with Sam Wilson as Captain America. In the new series, Falcon is under the tutelage of the former Captain America, with the intent of squaring off against Hydra. The series is named All-New Captain America and drops Fall 2014.
[h/t The Verge]