Stephen Colbert sat down with Joe Quesada and joked through the confirmation that Sam Wilson, nee The Falcon will be the New Captain America, or as Colbert suggested, “Captain African-American.” This was necessitated because Cap was artificially aged so people could feed him Ensure due to Rick Remender’s disgusting geriatric fetish***. In a burst of innovation, the new book will be called All-New Captain America, and Remender and Stuart Immonenn will be the team…but Carlos Pacheco designed the new Cap’s spiffy new togs. The new team did their first interview on Marvel.com:
“While Sam shares many of Steve’s beliefs in a general sense, he’s also a very different person with a very different background,” adds editor Tom Brevoort, “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.”
In a third assault on Avengers normalcy, EW revealed that Iron Man is getting a superior makeover in a series by Tom Tayler and Yildiray Cinar:
In November, Superior Iron Man #1 sends Tony Stark to San Francisco with a new outfit and a new perspective on life. “The Genius Bar costume is there for a reason,” Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso tells EW. “The newly-transformed Superior Iron Man has very ambitious plans for the city that some of its residents embrace, but not all.” Comic book fans will note the very pointed addition of the word “Superior” to the title. The last time that happened, it was Superior Spider-Man, and Doctor Octopus took over Peter Parker’s brain. Doc Ock won’t be invading Tony’s frontal lobe, but Alonso does note, “Like the Superior Spider-Man, Superior Iron Man is a character that’s hard to root for.” In a series written by Tom Taylor and drawn by Yildiray Cinar.
Obvs. we’ll have more to say about this when we’ve had some much needed sleep, but three things jump out:
A) Nice way to handle the news cycle, Marvel. Beats the days when you broke everything on Newsarama.
B) While obviously white men Thor and Cap will be back at some point—reinforcing the narrative of the white male hero—the diversity of Lady Thor and AfAm Captain America shouldn’t be swept aside either. The emerging fandom has been calling for diversity and here it is. Now, I would like to see more diversity BEHIND the page at Marvel, but overall let’s praise the step towards inclusion. C) That said, comic book heroes are always turning into other things, getting skin conditions, moving to new dimensions, losing limbs and so on. The Shocking appearance of change! When all is said and done these will be remembered as stories, first and foremost, and that’s how it should be. *** kidding
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.