Say what you want about Marvel but their marketing and writing teams know how to make headlines and set the internet on fire. After weeks of speculation and hot on the heels of the announced Female Thor ongoing series comes the official announcement that Samuel Wilson, long time partner of Steve Rogers who took the world by Storm in the blockbuster Captain America and the Winter Soldier will (Once again) be taking up the mantle of Captain America.
This news also comes with the announcement of a new ongoing series: “All-New Captain America,” with writer Rick Remender, and artist Stuart Immonen. Here are the details straight from Marvel.com:
“This is the fireworks factory we’re arriving at, and now everything’s going to blow up and be very pretty and exciting to look at,” “I think that it’s important with these stories to do things that are natural and make sense and have an inherent logic to the universe, but are also constantly shifting and exciting, keeping the drama high. In order to do that it really comes down to creating new dynamics.”
“Historically, Falcon would often act as air support, flying Steve into the battle,” Remender said. “Why not merge the two? He doesn’t have the super soldier serum, but he has the added zing-zang-zoom of flight.”
I’m curious to see how that is executed because I’ve recently re-read the entire Intro-to and years as Captain America’s sidekick and Samuel seemed more of an adept fighter before he started using the wings (Read all about it in our Updated and very detailed Falcon Biography). Since the wings he’s becoem more dependent on flight and more of a joke as a physical combatant. Hopefully this will be rectified in the new series. As for the difference in Sam’s personality and background, this is what was said:
“While Sam shares many of Steve’s beliefs in a general sense, he’s also a very different person with a very different background,” series editor Tom Brevoort added. “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.”
Ok, Marvel you win. I’m curious and intrigued enough to give you my money especially with DC Comics cancelling Batwing and not announcing a single black ongoing series. Clearly they DONT want my money! This coupled with the new Deathlok series means Marvel continues to be the leading mainstream voice in Black superheroics! This move not only makes Samuel Wilson the first African American Superhero but also the first black Captain America to have an ongoing series. Everyone else has had miniseries or been part of an ensemble book. Hopefully this move also gives Samuel the respect and much needed bump in his public image, notoriety and respect.
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[Source: CBR and Entertainment Weekly]