Marvel Comics Unveils All-New Captain America

Sam Wilson/Captain America

Sam Wilson / Captain America

Following the exciting news of an all-new Thor, Marvel Comics has now revealed details on an all-new Captain America. In the current comics written by Rick Remender, Steve Rogers/Captain America has lost the super serum that gives him superhuman qualities. As a result he has rapidly aged 65 years. Not being physically able to continue as Captain America someone else must take up the mantle. The person is Sam Wilson.

Sam Wilson, formerly Falcon and recently portrayed by Anthony Mackie in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, will put on Steve Rogers’ red, white, and blue tights and fight crime in his own series titled All-New Captain America. The series will be written by Rick Remender (Captain America) and drawn by Stuart Immonen (All-New X-Men).

The news of Sam Wilson’s new role originally broke on the July 16 episode of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, from the lips of Marvel Comics’ Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada.

Editor Tom Brevoort spoke with Marvel.com on the differences and similarities between Sam Wilson and former Captain America Steve Rogers, stating:

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. 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. 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. He’s also not a military man, so he’s more apt to be instinctively skeptical of any situation that calls for just following orders. Sam, like Steve, will be led by his personal morality and beliefs as to what is right and what is wrong—and where his beliefs may differ in their shading from those of the previous Cap are where the interesting stories will be found.

Of course this isn’t the first time Steve Rogers has been stripped of his rank as Captain America. Over the years many have assumed the role, including  former sidekick Bucky Barnes, a.k.a. The Winter Soldier. Considering Marvel’s track record, its more than likely that Steve Rogers will return as Captain America before Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters. Marvel’s last major character change-up saw Doctor Octopus take over the mind of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Dan Slott’s Superior Spider-Man. Peter Parker was back to his old self literally days before Amazing Spider-Man 2 released in theaters. Until Rogers inevitably returns as Captain America he will serve as a tutor to Sam Wilson and “will continue to be a vital part of the series moving ahead.”

So, what do you think of Marvel’s all-new Captain America? Do you think Sam Wilson/Falcon is a good choice to take up the mantle? Let us know in the comments below.

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