Yep you read that right. Good ol’ All American boy Steve Rogers isn’t going to be the American Avenger any longer and he’s passing on the red, white and blue spandex and shield to another one of his sidekicks, Sam Wilson better know as the Falcon.
If you’ve been skimming the geek feeds and some occasional mainstream sites, you’ll have read that there are some big changes going on with the big three of Marvel’s Avengers. Just recently it was revealed that the new Thor is going to be a woman. And now this, a new Captain America. So where did the OFFICIAL breaking of this news happened? On Stephen Colbert’s Colbert Report. Marvel’s own big honcho, Chief Creative Office and Editor-in-chief Joe Quesada appeared on the show to the next guy to wield the American Avenger’s shield.
Actually if anyone been following the current issue of Captain America, you’d have seen this coming. Heck Marvel peeps has even hinted at it for a while. (Spoiler alert) Recent events in the series has seen Steve Rogers turn into a decrepit, old man because the super-soldier serum, that has kept him eternally youthful and buff, has been completely drained from his body. Ala comic science, this has effectively aged him to his “normal” age which is that of a 90-year-old man. Of course we can’t have a retiree running around in spandex and being called the American Geriatric Avenger so of course it falls to some newer blood to take over.
The new blood in this case is Cap’s buddy Falcon that has sort of taken over the Bucky role. How long he’s going to be holding on to the costume? Who knows? This isn’t the first time the Captain America mantle has been handed down to somebody else. Fact is just a couple of years back, it was Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier, who was the American Avenger though it eventually fell back into Steve Rogers hands.
And if you’re thinking Sam Wilson is going to be the first African-American, Cap as well, think again. Back in 2003 in a comic titled Truth: Red, White and Black it was revealed that before Steve Roger became the good ol” Cap with the super-soldier serum, it was tested on African-American soldiers and out of that came Isaiah Bradley, not only the first African-American Captain America, but the first man to don the suit and shield.
So stay tuned true-believers and wait for issue 35 of Avengers to check out the new American Avenger.