Marvel Comics is changing with the times. Just one day after the announcement that the new Thor will be female, the comic giant released more news: the next Captain America will be African-American.
Falcon, a popular ally of Captain America who hails from Harlem, is set to take over for the aging Steve Rogers, who will not be killed off in the first issue of the new series, “All-New Captain America,” but will more or less retire from his hero duties, reports the Daily News.
The series will show Falcon, a.k.a Sam Wilson, assuming the role of his long-time mentor. As one of the first African-American superheroes, Falcon was created in 1969 and has since come into his own as a flying hero who trains pigeons and has a strong connection with birds. Rick Remender, who authored the new books, described Falcon as a “modern day man in touch with the problems of the 21st century,” reports The Guardian.
“For most of his professional life, Sam has worked as a social worker, so he’s seen the worst of urban society up close, and how crime, poverty, lack of social structure and opportunity can affect the community,” Remender said. “So he’s got perhaps a greater focus on the plight of the common man, and perhaps a greater empathy for the underprivileged than maybe even Steve himself.”
Despite how many fans are praising Marvel for introducing an African-American Captain America, Marvel executive editor Tom Brevoort said it was about time the change took place. “In 2014, this should be a thing that we shrug off,” Brevoort said. “It shouldn’t be seen as revolutionary, but it still feels exciting.”
The new series will be released in November and will reportedly start off with Falcon being mentored by Rogers as they attempt to fight the terrorist organization Hydra.