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Comics: Sam Wilson aka The Falcon to take over as new Captain America

Jul. 17, 2014by:

Earlier this year we got our first big-screen rendition of Sam Wilson aka The Falcon (as played by Anthony Mackie) in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER and now the comics version of the character is about to take on an entirely new role; that of Captain America himself. The announcement was made by Marvel's Joe Quesada on The Colbert Report tonight and later released with more details by Marvel. There's a stark contrast between Marvel Comics world and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so there's no need to get up in a tizzy about Cap being replaced by Falcon in the movies just yet. Series writer Rick Remender commented on the change as being a culminating effort he's been building to since taking over the book.

“This is it. 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. It leads into an evolution of Steve Rogers’ character that I had very early when I was given the job. 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. I’ve been having a lot of fun writing Sam. It’s a completely different attitude. The fact that he’s not a soldier shifts things up a bit. Sam’s not going to be Steve. Steve can be very rigid. That can be kind of joyless at times, whereas Sam is absolutely not that.”

Editor Tom Brevoort on the difference between Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers:

“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.”

Brevoort on Steve Rogers' role in the book:

“Steve’s spirit is as willing as ever. But his body is no longer up to the task of being Captain America. So he’ll instead employ his skills as the new Cap’s remote strategic advisor, running missions from his headquarters in Avengers Mansion and providing Sam with technical support and field information from a distance. He’ll also tutor Sam in how to throw the shield, a skill that’s deceptively difficult for the new Cap to master. So Steve will continue to be a vital part of the series moving ahead. And Steve is completely supportive of Sam as his hand-picked successor—the only replacement Captain America ever to be chosen by Steve himself. Steve and Sam are effectively brothers-in-arms, and there’s a level of trust and camaraderie between them that’s matched only by that of soldiers who’ve fought shoulder-to-shoulder in foxholes on the battlefield."

Brevoort on how Sam Wilson will implement his Falcon abilities with the Cap costume/shield:

“Historically, Falcon would often act as air support, flying Steve into the battle. Why not merge the two? He pops the wings, and as he flies, he keeps the shield latched onto his back. He dives down onto the scene, hurls the shield, wings retract, and rolls into a kick or jump, catches the shield on the way back. He doesn’t have the super soldier serum, but he has the added zing-zang-zoom of flight.”

For those keeping score in the comics world, we will see a gender change for Thor this fall and the death of Wolverine as well. Adding in a new Cap just helps stir the pot. There have been many different characters to "wield the shield" throughout the years, the most recent being Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier, which is still rumored as a possibility for the film universe with actor Chris Evans ready to wrap things up with the role after THE AVENGERS 3. Sill, there's always the possibility that it could change, just as quickly as it does in the comics. However, comics have always been cyclical like this with major changes happening in a book to shake things up (or simply to drive up sales) with the new guy/girl sitting in the new role long enough for the old character to seem new again. But, you can always count on those changes happening regularly, as Brevoort says:

“We’re not anywhere near finished. Change is one of the watchwords of the Marvel Universe, so there are even more startling surprises to come!”

What do you think? Is Sam Wilson a good candidate to step in for Cap? Would you rather see him take over in the films or do you prefer The Winter Soldier taking the role?

Source: Marvel

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8:53PM on 07/17/2014

Also...Isaiah Bradley

As of 2003 the 'first super soldier' was technically African American. Assuming this has been retconned though (as is also the common structure for comics every decade or so).
As of 2003 the 'first super soldier' was technically African American. Assuming this has been retconned though (as is also the common structure for comics every decade or so).
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8:48PM on 07/17/2014

Down with it.

Comics always do this. The old rule was 'Nobody stays dead except for Bucky'. They brought him back. The brought back Supes and Bruce numerous times. Spider clones, Superior Spider-man, Jason Todd. Actually, the only one I'm irritated about is Todd...he should have stayed dead. Like Gwen. However, stories stagnate and the only reason this junk happens is to allow for a new story arc and route to take the character. No bigs, nothing is forever in comics (except the decline in a lot of their
Comics always do this. The old rule was 'Nobody stays dead except for Bucky'. They brought him back. The brought back Supes and Bruce numerous times. Spider clones, Superior Spider-man, Jason Todd. Actually, the only one I'm irritated about is Todd...he should have stayed dead. Like Gwen. However, stories stagnate and the only reason this junk happens is to allow for a new story arc and route to take the character. No bigs, nothing is forever in comics (except the decline in a lot of their writing). That being said, a character 'coming out' has had NO IMPACT since Northstar...and that one was huge and emotional. It actually had a reason and a point, it wasn't just for shits and grins (I mean really, I can give crap less who Selina Kyle bangs...wait..hmmm). My point being, the mantle of a character has shifted numerous times over the years, Beta Ray Bill and War Machine, etc. I find these interesting and have the potential to be great stories. Augmenting sexual preference doesn't really do much aside form a one minute gasp and a few flames on forums. Now, if Green Lantern were taken out for some reason and a NEW GL was perhaps gay I'd be fine with that, it'd be character driven to enhance the story not just make it in The View for ignorant commentary.
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6:14PM on 07/17/2014

This is totally reasonable

This is where some idiot collectivist responds with something about sexist misogynist racist hegemonic homophobic patriarchal white male Christian Republican bourgeoisie capitalist colonialist imperialists, or something of equal abject stupidity.

But Steve Rogers isn't a god. Although a super soldier, he is in fact not immortal. So it's reasonable to expect that he would have some kind of replacement at some point, why not one of his colleagues?

Now, if they had tried to retcon Steve
This is where some idiot collectivist responds with something about sexist misogynist racist hegemonic homophobic patriarchal white male Christian Republican bourgeoisie capitalist colonialist imperialists, or something of equal abject stupidity.

But Steve Rogers isn't a god. Although a super soldier, he is in fact not immortal. So it's reasonable to expect that he would have some kind of replacement at some point, why not one of his colleagues?

Now, if they had tried to retcon Steve Rogers and made him black, it would have been problematic , simply because of the nature of Captain America's 1940s era propagandist past. So this is a good way to go.

Thorilla however, was just a transparent cry for publicity.
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5:57PM on 07/17/2014

Coulda been worse...

Could've been a gay black woman instead.
Could've been a gay black woman instead.
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2:37AM on 07/18/2014
Could have been a gay black transgender woman.
Could have been a gay black transgender woman.
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3:54PM on 07/17/2014
I'm not allowed to say anything negative about this out of fear I'll be labeled racist. So I'll walk away, and go back to bitching about the female Thor.
I'm not allowed to say anything negative about this out of fear I'll be labeled racist. So I'll walk away, and go back to bitching about the female Thor.
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2:08PM on 07/17/2014
I don't begrudge Wilson the role if his character wants it - he's certainly put in the hours to get promoted.
Having said that, do they need a Captain America? I get that in the Marvel Universe he's a symbol of hope and suchlike, but if it's not Steve Rogers or even a Super Soldier, will it ever really be Captain America? There have been a few replacements or alternative versions over the years but it always comes back to Rogers in the end. Would be interesting if they let it stick, but
I don't begrudge Wilson the role if his character wants it - he's certainly put in the hours to get promoted.
Having said that, do they need a Captain America? I get that in the Marvel Universe he's a symbol of hope and suchlike, but if it's not Steve Rogers or even a Super Soldier, will it ever really be Captain America? There have been a few replacements or alternative versions over the years but it always comes back to Rogers in the end. Would be interesting if they let it stick, but they'll almost certainly revert to the original soon enough, like Wolverine dying or Thor not being a bloke anymore. I know they won't do it, but it would be braver for Marvel to say "that's it for Cap" than to keep switching the role up like this. I loved what they did with the Winter Soldier / Civil War / Death of Captain America arc - made for a great read and I thought the return of Bucky was handled as well as it could have been - it made sense. Falcon becoming Cap makes sense in a way too, but I hope they really justify his willingness to ditch his identity and take on the Cap role - it's an honour, a responsibility and paints a big old red, white and blue target on him. I'll be interested to see where they go with it.
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2:04PM on 07/17/2014
I know for one Wolverine survives till his old age. Old man Logan. :P nuff said.
Isnt SAM a soldier in Captain America 2?!
And did THor get a sex change operation?! :P
only marvel knows...
I know for one Wolverine survives till his old age. Old man Logan. :P nuff said.
Isnt SAM a soldier in Captain America 2?!
And did THor get a sex change operation?! :P
only marvel knows...
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1:24PM on 07/17/2014

Lame

Not trying to sound racist or anything, but now that world has been changing in the past 30 years, it seems like they are starting to cater to the Black and Homosexual world in comics. There is no reason to have a black guy as Capt. America other than cater to the Black community. If they created a whole new character and he was a black guy I would be game with it. I was cool with them having Bucky take over the mantle because it makes sense but it doesn't seem like it is going that direction.
Not trying to sound racist or anything, but now that world has been changing in the past 30 years, it seems like they are starting to cater to the Black and Homosexual world in comics. There is no reason to have a black guy as Capt. America other than cater to the Black community. If they created a whole new character and he was a black guy I would be game with it. I was cool with them having Bucky take over the mantle because it makes sense but it doesn't seem like it is going that direction. The Falcon doesn't have Super Soldier in him. At least last I checked he didn't. And then onto the Gay aspect. I've seen that they are gonna make the Green Lantern come out as being Gay. Stop it comic world. I don't mind if they create a gay character but don't ruin an already created characters image like that.
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10:57AM on 07/17/2014
People might try to make some big deal out of it with lots of Affirmative Action jokes but this is pretty reasonable decision. If anyone was too realistically take over for Steve Rogers, Falcon would certainly be near the top of the list.
People might try to make some big deal out of it with lots of Affirmative Action jokes but this is pretty reasonable decision. If anyone was too realistically take over for Steve Rogers, Falcon would certainly be near the top of the list.
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10:48AM on 07/17/2014
Everyone's got to complain about something.
Everyone's got to complain about something.
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10:23AM on 07/17/2014
I guess next week, they'll announce The Hulk will become a bi-sexual Asian midget.
I guess next week, they'll announce The Hulk will become a bi-sexual Asian midget.
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9:35AM on 07/17/2014
As much as I loved Mackie's portrayal of Falcon in Winter Soldier, I do hope Bucky becomes the next character to don the red, white, and blue in the films after Steve Rodgers.
As much as I loved Mackie's portrayal of Falcon in Winter Soldier, I do hope Bucky becomes the next character to don the red, white, and blue in the films after Steve Rodgers.
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8:57AM on 07/17/2014
Weren't there TWO announcements on Colbert last night?
Weren't there TWO announcements on Colbert last night?
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8:21AM on 07/17/2014

Ploy Alert!

Marvel is so transparent in their attempts to increase their flagging comic sales by pandering to minorities. If you want a female god that kicks ass, make one and give her a separate comic. If you want a black superhero that kicks ass, make one and give him/her a separate title. Marvel's big titles like Avengers and Thor have been slumping, because they care more now about the movies than the comics. It shows by the steady decline of quality and sales in their comic brand. The truly stupid
Marvel is so transparent in their attempts to increase their flagging comic sales by pandering to minorities. If you want a female god that kicks ass, make one and give her a separate comic. If you want a black superhero that kicks ass, make one and give him/her a separate title. Marvel's big titles like Avengers and Thor have been slumping, because they care more now about the movies than the comics. It shows by the steady decline of quality and sales in their comic brand. The truly stupid part of this whole reshuffle is that it will all be made over again before Avengers 2 comes out. All of the changes will be reversed so that the faces people see in the comics match those in the movies. Marvel has truly become the House of No Ideas.
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10:56AM on 07/17/2014
If the stories are good, who cares?
If the stories are good, who cares?
11:32AM on 07/17/2014
I kind of disagree with what you're saying. While this is definitely being done to increase sales and the change will inevitably be changed back to the status quo. I don't think there intentions are as simple as lazy writing to generate interest in new female and black superheroes.

Marvel's bread and butter now a days is the MCU. It seems like everything they do is like a direct relation to what happens or will happen in the movies (i.e. Nick Fury is now black, Agent Coulson now exists in
I kind of disagree with what you're saying. While this is definitely being done to increase sales and the change will inevitably be changed back to the status quo. I don't think there intentions are as simple as lazy writing to generate interest in new female and black superheroes.

Marvel's bread and butter now a days is the MCU. It seems like everything they do is like a direct relation to what happens or will happen in the movies (i.e. Nick Fury is now black, Agent Coulson now exists in comics). I think Marvel is realizing that actors aren't willing to just stick with Marvel and continue doing the exact same role every two years. RDJ has already said he won't be coming back for more solo movies. Chris Evans has already said he won't be coming back period. I remember reading something about Chris Hemsworth quitting after Thor 3 or Avengers 3, could be wrong though. I think Marvel is anticipating these changes in the MCU, so they're field testing their replacements. Getting audiences comfortable with Sam Wilson as Cap and a female Thor, so when they do re-cast fans won't be thrown completely off-guard by their choices.
4:59AM on 07/17/2014
"On your left."
"On your left."
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4:31AM on 07/17/2014
I prefer Steve Rogers stays as Cap in the MCU, I think Evans will sign on for more after Avengers 3, just like Downey did after completing his first contract with Marvel after Iron Man 3. Chris recently said that his work with Marvel was excluded if he did quit acting. But if he leaves, pull a Bruce Banner and just don't acknowledge there's a new actor playing the character.

I'm down for them using someone else as Cap in like 15-20 years from now after they have told some of Steve Rogers
I prefer Steve Rogers stays as Cap in the MCU, I think Evans will sign on for more after Avengers 3, just like Downey did after completing his first contract with Marvel after Iron Man 3. Chris recently said that his work with Marvel was excluded if he did quit acting. But if he leaves, pull a Bruce Banner and just don't acknowledge there's a new actor playing the character.

I'm down for them using someone else as Cap in like 15-20 years from now after they have told some of Steve Rogers best story arcs on film.
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3:57AM on 07/17/2014

hhhhmmmmm...

thor is still there. did ya missed him on the last picture? the one with axe, with captain america and old man steve rogers. though i was expecting changes but not this fast. hhhhmmm....two captain america and two thor? what's going on here, marvel? still...this is kinda interesting storyline that gets the curiosity out of me.
thor is still there. did ya missed him on the last picture? the one with axe, with captain america and old man steve rogers. though i was expecting changes but not this fast. hhhhmmm....two captain america and two thor? what's going on here, marvel? still...this is kinda interesting storyline that gets the curiosity out of me.
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2:01AM on 07/17/2014
I'll admit I'm not well-read in the comics at all, but this sounds great! A female Thor, Falcon taking over as Cap...again, how could any of that possibly be a bad thing? As long as each story is well-written, respectful to the past histories of the characters, compelling, and interesting, then who cares is Marvel's just being "politically correct" or whatever? Obviously Marvel is doing this for the publicity, and the money that follows. But if it brings in new readers and reaches a much wider
I'll admit I'm not well-read in the comics at all, but this sounds great! A female Thor, Falcon taking over as Cap...again, how could any of that possibly be a bad thing? As long as each story is well-written, respectful to the past histories of the characters, compelling, and interesting, then who cares is Marvel's just being "politically correct" or whatever? Obviously Marvel is doing this for the publicity, and the money that follows. But if it brings in new readers and reaches a much wider audience, then the end result is the same, either way. Awesome!

EDIT: Also, it entirely depends on what Marvel does with Cap 3 and how Bucky plays into it, but Sam Wilson is already fleshed out and more than likable. I DEFINITELY wouldn't mind seeing him pick up the shield and take over for Steve in the MCU after Avengers 3.
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1:19AM on 07/17/2014
It's comic books. They can do whatever they want, then reboot it when it doesn't work. It's canon if it's cool; it's not canon if it ends up being unpopular. Trial and error. If it ain't broken, don't fix it; but if you don't break it, you won't learn from your mistakes and you won't grow, as a person or as a comic book company.

BTW, shouldn't that drawing now include the female Thor?
It's comic books. They can do whatever they want, then reboot it when it doesn't work. It's canon if it's cool; it's not canon if it ends up being unpopular. Trial and error. If it ain't broken, don't fix it; but if you don't break it, you won't learn from your mistakes and you won't grow, as a person or as a comic book company.

BTW, shouldn't that drawing now include the female Thor?
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4:03AM on 07/17/2014
i think the female thor isn't affiliated to anyone. and thor odison is included in that drawing-the guy with the axe.
i think the female thor isn't affiliated to anyone. and thor odison is included in that drawing-the guy with the axe.
7:24AM on 07/17/2014
Bingo
Bingo
1:06AM on 07/17/2014
I'd prefer he'd stay the Falcon in the movies and Bucky take over.
I'd prefer he'd stay the Falcon in the movies and Bucky take over.
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