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Captain America for President?

Sep. 18, 2012by: Paul Shirey

This being an election year for the United States makes for an interesting (and often ugly) campaign of pop culture manifestations that take on one stance or another, if even mocking the process altogether.  Comics haven't escaped that tradition as they often reflect the views and commentary of the creators working in the industry and Marvel certainly fits that bill (anyone remember this?).  Now, just in time for election year, Marvel's Ultimate Comics The Ultimates is swearing in Steve Rogers/Captain America as President in their currently running storyline.  So, how does it happen?

“We wanted to dramatize an extreme version of what we see in America today,” Ultimates writer Sam Humphries says. “In the face of all [this] divisiveness, what do we have in common? What does it mean to be an American? What can we agree on? And what makes America the place that it is?”

“This is a United States that’s being torn asunder by special interest groups — by opportunists looking to divide and conquer,” Marvel Entertainment Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso told The Washington Post. “This is a metaphor for what goes on in real life, but on steroids.”

“Are we going to see 12 issues of Captain America behind a desk? No, that’s not exciting to anyone,” Humphries says. “Captain America is not going to behave like any other president behaves. He takes the oath of office and barely takes a breath as he goes to hot spots. . . . Cap is out there because he’s so concerned about the state of the Union that he doesn’t have time to think about the State of the Union,” says Alonso.

“It's a fantasy world where everything outside the window is amped up — not to 10, not to 11, but 30,” series editor Mark Paniccia says. As for the politics, the editor notes: “People will make connections where they want to make connections.”

So, will Marvel be "choosing a side" per se in the real world of politics?  “...we avoid taking a party stand,” says Alonso. “There are essential truths about leadership and dignity, and we certainly have an opinion on that. Cap’s ultimate statement about the presidency is elegant. . . . What America wants and what America needs may not be the same thing.”

Comparing the four current candidates running for office (Obama/Biden, Romney/Paul), Alonso says, “All four candidates would lay claim to what Cap thinks the presidency is and should be. The candidates, in some shape or form, all aspire to be like Cap and what he stands for.”

And which President does Cap most emulate to the creators?  “He is Abraham Lincoln,” writer Humphries says of Cap, “if Lincoln had had access to a jet plane and a devastating right hook.”

I've read every single issue of The Ultimates and the series has been at its lowest.  I've continued to buy the books because up until now they've proven to be great, but the last year has seen a dramatic shift into nonsensical territory, so I'm hoping that my perseverence will pay off with this new, compelling/gimmicky move.  The Ultimate universe is a "mirror" universe for Marvel, where the company can make much bolder decisions and take characters in directions we've never seen before.  Some may remember the introduction of the first black Spider-Man, Miles Morales, that took place in the Ultimate universe about a year ago.

Marvel's Ultimate Comics The Ultimates #15 and #16 hit stands September 19 and September 26.  Cap will next be seen on the big screen in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER on April 4, 2014.

Extra Tidbit: What superhero would YOU want to see take the oval office?
Source: Washington Post

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7:27AM on 09/19/2012
Extra tidbit: Optimus Prime.
Extra tidbit: Optimus Prime.
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7:02PM on 09/18/2012
Oh boy, I have some catching up to do... I just finished catching up on the Ultimatum storyline.
Oh boy, I have some catching up to do... I just finished catching up on the Ultimatum storyline.
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7:00PM on 09/18/2012
I don't mind comics talking about issues but it has to be done in a way that would be consistent on what life a superhero would have. Having Spider-Man meet Barack Obama was not a good idea because it felt like Marvel wanted to profit from the popularity the president had at that time. The way they used Pierre-Elliot Trudeau in an early X-Men issue was more effective because it wasn't about him - the prime minister drawn just looked exactly like him.

As for this particular matter, the
I don't mind comics talking about issues but it has to be done in a way that would be consistent on what life a superhero would have. Having Spider-Man meet Barack Obama was not a good idea because it felt like Marvel wanted to profit from the popularity the president had at that time. The way they used Pierre-Elliot Trudeau in an early X-Men issue was more effective because it wasn't about him - the prime minister drawn just looked exactly like him.

As for this particular matter, the Ultimate line which I used to love has slowly become the universe where the shock factor was more important than good ideas and that version of Captain America is the same one that made that tasteless France joke a few years back. That character does not have what it takes to be President.
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3:52AM on 09/19/2012
That France joke was great and it was in character with the ultimate version of Captain America!
That France joke was great and it was in character with the ultimate version of Captain America!
9:45AM on 09/19/2012
Whether you likes the joke or not, my point was that somebody who makes those types of jokes shouldn't be named President. The 'main' universe Captain would do a better job.
Whether you likes the joke or not, my point was that somebody who makes those types of jokes shouldn't be named President. The 'main' universe Captain would do a better job.
2:45PM on 09/18/2012

You mean they reflect the leftist bias of the producers of the comics

which in turn simply reflect how effective the left leaning media is at brainwashing weak minded and/or flaky people who want nothing more than to pride themselves on their perceived intellect (hang on gotta laugh for a sec...okay done) since they really have nothing else. Sort of true of entertainment as a whole. When your accomplishments are all based in fiction it stands to reason that Obama and his Axelrod fed web of excuses and illusions of accomplishment would hold massive appeal.
which in turn simply reflect how effective the left leaning media is at brainwashing weak minded and/or flaky people who want nothing more than to pride themselves on their perceived intellect (hang on gotta laugh for a sec...okay done) since they really have nothing else. Sort of true of entertainment as a whole. When your accomplishments are all based in fiction it stands to reason that Obama and his Axelrod fed web of excuses and illusions of accomplishment would hold massive appeal.

Whatever subtext or commentary is attempted it will be transparent as usual and wilfully consumed by half wits everywhere.

Politics ruins everything. The 90's had some of the best comics and movies made and lowest voter turn out. Fuck people who want to use movies and TV and comics to advance political agendas. The brainwashing is sick. If Obama showed up at Comic Con there'd be a line to suck his balls. if Romney did people who shit and cry. That's on purpose.

I'll never buy this comic or any other stupid as 'new gay character in comics' or anything other piece of shit propaganda disguised as entertainment.

Fuck you Marvel.
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1:14PM on 09/18/2012
ET: Unfortunately, neither Superman nor Wonder Woman can be president. Neither was born in the U.S. Also, Americans are not allowed to vote the most-qualified individuals into office. I'm pretty sure that's a rule (jk).
The Unknown Soldier should be prez. His series GI Combat gets cancelled in December, and I can't stand to see one more American out of work.
ET: Unfortunately, neither Superman nor Wonder Woman can be president. Neither was born in the U.S. Also, Americans are not allowed to vote the most-qualified individuals into office. I'm pretty sure that's a rule (jk).
The Unknown Soldier should be prez. His series GI Combat gets cancelled in December, and I can't stand to see one more American out of work.
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11:50AM on 09/18/2012
This could be a nice story line indeed,

tidbit: Banner from Marvel, and its a tie for Superman or Bats from DC.. Superman as President, and Bats as VP! (let Superman be the face, while Bats runs the show)
This could be a nice story line indeed,

tidbit: Banner from Marvel, and its a tie for Superman or Bats from DC.. Superman as President, and Bats as VP! (let Superman be the face, while Bats runs the show)
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11:50AM on 09/18/2012
This sounds wicked! And Stark as his right hand man is terrific.
This sounds wicked! And Stark as his right hand man is terrific.
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10:55AM on 09/18/2012
Tidbit: Bruce Banner for President
Seriously how cool would that be? No one would fuck with him
Tidbit: Bruce Banner for President
Seriously how cool would that be? No one would fuck with him
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10:44AM on 09/18/2012

Sure, why not

At least he has a conscience.
At least he has a conscience.
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