Marvel Comics’ Captain America is Now a Black Guy

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On the heels of turning Thor into a girl, Marvel Comics has decided to replace Steve Rogers as Captain America with Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon. Who is, er, black, in case you didn’t see the movie “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” or read the comic books.

Here’s ol Sam Wilson as the new Cap:

The Falcon is Captain America

I guess they couldn’t kill Captain America off a second time. Remember when they “killed” him the first time? Anyways. This time ’round, they just made him old by taking away his super soldier serum. For, oh, 2-3 years. Then he’ll be back in costume when the novelty wears off. Nothing in comic book land lasts past 2-3 years these days.

Obviously this is just another stunt to sell more comic books. Personally, with all the money they’re making off their movies, I don’t know why Marvel bothers to still make comics at all, or try so hard to gin up interest in said comics. This is the second major announcement they’ve made by going on TV talk shows. “The View” got the announcement about the female Thor, and some guy on cable TV got the news.

At this point, aren’t the only people reading comic books older people? I have a ton of nephews, and not a single one of them has ever picked up a comic, but they’ve all seen the Marvel movies. Just sayin’.

Sam Wilson takes over the mantle in a new “Captain America” #1 by Rick Remender and Stuart Immonen.

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  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    I like it!! I think he’ll have some great stories. I love how Marvel are shaking up their big 3 the way the shook up Spidey for a while. Sam will do great in the role, he’s been prepping for it for his entire career really. Glad he’s not losing the wings.

    • Juggernaut

      Agreed! Cap with wings=win! He’ll bring a new outlook to the character. I’m interested to see where this whole new “NOW” line goes.

  • Lexavi80

    I completely support this! I like Sam Wilson. More than a sidekick, he’s a partner, and he’s very much as righteous as Steve Rogers, so he’ll make a great Cap.

  • 0ptik

    Even when they had Bucky as Captain America, he didnt feel like Steve. They are all righteous but Steve was an authority figure. People respected and listened to him, regardless of his title. Bucky wasnt able to have that and i dont think Sam will either.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Nor I. But that’s what great about seeing people take over the role, you get to see what they have that makes up for what they don’t. You don’t want them to be exactly like Steve, you want to see what they can bring to the legacy.Bucky was a great Cap. He upheld the legacy very well. Bucky was more the Soldier than the leader, but he still inspired people in different ways, mostly because of his undying loyalty to the Legacy he was carrying, and his never back down attitude. Sam has been running with Cap for decades, and was basically Bucky’s partner as Cap too. So he’s got the credentials to pull it off.

  • Debo4735

    The first black Captain America was Isaiah Bradley created during WWII.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      YESSIR!!! Great story.

  • Aegon the Conqueror

    Captain African America. Why do I get the idea some people are supporting this purely cause it’s politically correct?
    Steve Rogers is and will always be my favourite Marvel character. He IS Captain America! I really do like the Falcon but Sam Wilson is not the Captain! Dressing him up doesn’t make him the Captain just in the same was as dressing up will not make me Batman. This stinks I do not like it. I didn’t even like Bucky as Cap. Marvel I’m mad.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Did you read the stories? Cause they were really really good!! Hell Some have actually said best Captain America Run in a long time. Of course the stuff leading to it was also really good. Started with the introduction of Winter Soldier and just ran with it. Give the stories a chance. It’s not permanent we all know that.

      • 0ptik

        The Captain America that uses guns.

        I personally just read the Avengers Assemble story arc where Steve was a “consultant” i guess, puts together another team. Bucky was a good soldier but could have remained winter soldier (or another name since its tainted).

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          I always said he should’ve taken the USAgent name, and had a costume that was a mix of his Bucky, Cap, And Winter Soldier looks.

          • 0ptik

            I just remembered about Patriot (also a former name of Steve Rogers) from Young Avengers. He was sorta a captain america, and he’s black. Would he not sorta count?

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            He was a good character, but he’s more the legacy type, where he’s been inspired by Cap, and his great Grand Dad Isaiah Bradley. But Cap wouldn’t pick him for a replacement, too young an not as much experience

      • Aegon the Conqueror

        Yes Dedpool I read em, my problem was not so much with the story per se as it was with Bucky as Cap. He just felt like a sub par replacement. Will be the same thing with Sam Wilson.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          You’re looking at them and comparing them to Steve, you can’t really do that. Steve isn’t, or he wouldn’t have chosen Sam. And he wouldn’t have told Bucky to continue when he came back. He doesn’t want them to be him, and neither do I. They have to be their own men.

          • Aegon the Conqueror

            then they shouldnt be cap, only stever rogers is cap.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            I guess. But that’s like saying no one else should carry on a legacy cause they aren’t the same as the original. And its not about having all the same qualities, but still living up to the legacy. And Bucky did that. And I think Sam will too. No one expects a replacement to be as good, but they can shine in their own right.

  • http://www.thedefiantjester.com danner21

    And all the bad guys will be white men attacking immigrant children. I like it!

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Um, Marel isn’t THAT bad with their writing.

      • http://www.thedefiantjester.com danner21

        Um, MarVel and they’re headed that way