Steve Rogers has been, for the better part of a century, the quintessential symbol of the American way of perseverance, or at least, a stalwart of the old American way. He is everything envisioned as a symbol of a country; he had been a war hero, a Brooklyn native during the time of the great depression, and he overcame oppression and prejudice to become Captain America, bearer of the flag of his country, and a symbol of hope.
Yes, there were many events he managed to overcome, and there was also the incident where he was assassinated, and was virtually dead; but he managed to come-back, defying limitations and odds, and assumed the mantle of the shield once again.
However, in a news from Marvel, the shield was being passed on to someone else. This was revealed during an announcement on the Colbert Report, in fitting fashion right after their equally shocking announcement on The View. Yes, the announcement was as shocking as the fact that we now have a female Thor: Steve Rogers is no longer Captain America.
It is interesting to note, however, that this someone is Sam Wilson, previously known as The Falcon, and a close friend of the Captain. Wilson’s also reknown as being the first African-American superhero in the Marvel continuity, and it might also be fitting that Steve Rogers is bequeathing the shield to him. Starting in October?s Captain America #25, Wilson will be donning the shield. After figuring in a fight with a villain, Cap discovers that he has lost the powers the supersoldier serum was giving him, and thus figures that he would no longer be fit for service. He will still be around, though, but only to give support to Sam Wilson.
The announcements on The Colbert Report and The View were seen as a move to diversify their audiences and bring in more readership to comics. Comic books are seen as a niche interest by many, with some considering them as no more than just garbage literature. However, in recent years, moves made by Marvel are seen as an attempt and a drive to make comics more than just that.
These moves have been received widely and with positive reviews coming from fans of the Marvel Universe, citing these progressive moves as a dig at DC Comics and their failure to adjust to the times. Through the years, it has been seen that DC lags behind Marvel in a rivalry that is both competitive and constructive for the two. Marvel has since taken the lead in trying to appeal to a more diverse range of audience.
So far, tweets in reaction to the revelation have been constructive and positively so, with quite a few saying that the move to have a female Thor and a black Captain America may “reshape biases” and? “is even more exciting and interesting” than what DC had to offer. The best that DC had to offer, according to one tweet, was that DC had redesigned Batgirl?s costume.
This change is not the first to have happened, though. In the past, there have been a lot of characters to have used the Captain America alias. Bucky Barnes did it on the behest of a Tony Stark that was director of Shield. And in response to having a black Captain, in publication history, Isiah Bradley holds the distinction of being the first black Captain America.
In the world of comics, though, anything and everything is possible. And for those purists who are worried about the future of the Odinson and Rogers, there is an entire universe?s possibility that they?ll be holding the hammer and the shield just yet.