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As Thor Becomes a Woman, Marvel Announces a New Captain American as a Black Man

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 17, 2014 10:05 AM
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All-new Captain

Big changes at Marvel Studios HQ announced in the last couple of days. 

First, as announced on "The View" on Tuesday, Thor the superhero will become a woman, in a move to attract more female fans to the franchise. The new incarnation of Thor will be unveiled in a new comic book series this fall. Jason Aaron, Marvel series writer, made it clear to fans the change isn't just some temporary gimmick, stating: "This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before."

Thorita!? Hah!

Announced a day later, yesterday evening, Marvel's Captain America mantle will be taken over by his long-time ally, the Falcon. That's right - Captain America will now be a black man.

"This is it," says Marvel writer and artist Rick Remender, who'll co-author this new chapter in the Captain America story along with Stuart Immonen. "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."

"Sam" of course being Sam Wilson, the Falcon. 

Here's more from the Marvel press release:

  • Robbed of his superior strength and vitality, Steve Rogers must surrender his blues for a sturdy cane. He’s not about to fade away just yet though. The old maxims hold true: If dead men declared the war and old men talk about it, a young man must rise and continue the fight. If Steve Rogers can no longer hurl his mighty shield, then he’ll hand it to one who can carry it across the battlefield, above the clouds, to greater heights than ever before. This fall, Sam Wilson flies where eagles dare, as the intrepid Falcon assumes his new role as Captain America.

Cue dramatic musical crescendo. Or maybe the "Bwoooong!" sound from Christopher Nolan's "Inception" soundtrack.

As for what kind of Captain America we can expect Sam Wilson, aka Falcon to be, and how he'll differ from the previous Captain, Steve Rogers, here's what Marvel details:

  • “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.”

As for his new costume (check it out above), Sam Wilson's Captain American suit will incorporate the wings of the Falcon persona, while still bearing the unmistakable stars and stripes of the age-old Captain America look:

  • "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."

The old Captain, Steve Rogers, will still continue to be a vital part of the series moving ahead, says Marvel, serving as the new Captain America'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 with this news, the next obvious question is whether this comic book transition will also happen on the big screen at some point in the near or distant future.

And also, with these 2 key changes (Captain becoming a black man, and Thor a woman), can fans expect even more similar announcements to come for other members of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes?

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

So, there ya go folks!

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  • mark v (or 5) | August 19, 2014 2:38 PMReply

    I think we've all seen time and time again that everybody bellyaches and claims to boycott, but come release time, and after a trailer full of explosions and hype, even the crappiest comic book movie makes a jillion dollars. So congrats to Marvel on trying something new! They know they'll make that money back from the fanboy nerds on the first weekend.

  • Nella Ekim | July 27, 2014 9:15 AMReply

    I find it a little confusing how everyone in the comment section is so upset about these changes. Many people have dawned the bug-eyed mask in order to take on the persona of Spider-Man, and the stories are usually fantastic. The iconic heroes have been here for decades, so a temporary change won't hurt. They'll make their return, so, in the meantime, enjoy the novelty of what's being created. :)

  • cliff261 | July 26, 2014 10:04 AMReply

    This has nothing to do with feminism or racism. We already have female superheroes and we have black superheroes. They just aren't as popular. This has to do with people wanting to ride the success of others. Some call them copycats. Some plagiarize. Marvel may pretend they are doing this to pacify those who want to see this change or that this change is even necessary. But the truth will be that they will destroy these popular superheroes. Remember what has been said many times. You don't mess with success. In the long run, this will end badly.

  • Derp. | July 24, 2014 1:39 PMReply

    Is the new Captain America Obama?

  • Emily | July 23, 2014 6:32 PMReply


  • karen Lopez | July 23, 2014 10:30 AMReply

    So stupid idea!!! WTF!!!

  • Bill | July 22, 2014 1:12 AMReply

    Wait a minute! I have got the answer there can be two captain Americas one on planet white and one on planet black.... Hold on it is genius I can see it now! They could both fight evil except one could be black evil and one could be white evil. Wow marvel you guys need to contact me now I can write your stories... Face palm, don't ruin what works just make a new character. Oh and by the way Thor is the son of Odin right?

  • Bill | July 22, 2014 1:06 AMReply

    Wait a minute are they assuming black people can run faster and are stronger then white people this is racist

  • Cesar del Rio | July 21, 2014 12:05 PMReply

    worst idea ever, wtf, why change an iconic hero that has been arround since 1962?, born in 1966 have been his fan since I can remember and really feel very disgusted with this idea and will never read or watch a movie of Thor as a female.

  • Heather | July 21, 2014 8:23 AMReply

    I dunno about most girls, but u read comics for the action and to see the heroes flaunt their muscles. That's attractive to females. I don't want to read a comic with the heroes as females in spandex and their boobs hanging out. That's more for men.

    What idiot came up with the idea that girls will read this because Thor will be a woman? No more like that to me is a terrible creative idea because it makes no sense at all, considering they used a Norse mythology character to be a super hero.

    Marvel, please sit down and actually poll your female fan base instead of assuming things. Do t speak for us girls, because we aren't even on this bandwagon.

  • Who Cares... | July 20, 2014 2:00 AMReply

    No one cares if you stop reading Marvel comics....

  • Brandon | August 19, 2014 2:19 PM

    No gives a dame bout your comment

  • Rebecca | July 20, 2014 1:53 AMReply

    so does this mean that Chris Hemsworth will not play Thor in the next movie? and yes, i agree with everyone, WTF?!!? I AM A FEMALE FAN OF MARVEL AND I LOVE THOR EXACTLY THE WAY HE IS!! Thor was not meant to be a girl. Marvel is just completely giving a Greek myth a transgender surgery. This is so stupid and if they continue with this they will lose more fan than gain, including myself.

  • Miles Ellison | July 20, 2014 4:42 PM

    Thor is Norse mythology, not Greek. And I'm sure that the original myth doesn't include a disabled human medical student as an alter ego. Maybe this is Marvel's way of jettisoning post literate meatheads from the fan base.

  • Miles Ellison | July 19, 2014 10:40 PMReply

    And so it begins. This train is never late.

  • Terry | July 19, 2014 1:54 AMReply

    WTF? i have been a Marvel fan my whole life, not any more, i wont allow my grandson to read this garbage either. Stan Lee had nothing to do with this, he stopped being in control years ago. must have got some Liberal panty waist in charge of decision making, i am done with marvel!
    i will be changing my email now too.

  • Um No | July 20, 2014 2:00 AM

    Choke on it conservative prick! lol

  • PAm | July 19, 2014 1:32 AMReply

    What bullshit!! You just a female fan!!

  • terry | July 19, 2014 2:01 AM

    i think Pam meant to say you just lost a female fan :)

  • Scott | July 19, 2014 1:23 AMReply

    If Marvel needed to pretend to have discovered diversity, then making Falcon into Captain America is just plain stupid. It would be like Batman suddenly deciding to become Superman. Their powers don't overlap! Marvel SHOULD have made the black hero BATTLESTAR (formerly a Bucky under USAgent who was made Captain America temporarily) into the new Cap. He is superstrong, agile, nearly bulletproof, uses a shield just like Cap and is already a patriotic superhero! Dumb move. As for Thor being a woman?? WTF? Have we run out of ideas already? What about Sif, or Freya (goddess of battle) or even Thor's daughter from Norse mythology Thrud (or Torunn in the Next Avengers cartoon?). You could have strong ORIGINAL superheroes who are women or minorities WITHOUT doing away with existing iconic heroes. Just shows that the writers at Marvel have no talent or original ideas.

  • Katw | July 18, 2014 9:48 PMReply

    Well this is one female who is not impressed and won't be reading any series with a female Thor.

  • zafar | July 18, 2014 10:08 AMReply

    you are all idiots
    ok fine Stan lee wants more female readers
    but wtf idiots why don't you'll bring in lady siff permanently or bring in SHE HULK or something
    just don't change an awesome character as thor into a lady please
    me being a super hero fan I am telling you that you may get female readers if you'll do this but know that you'll are going to have a lot a lot less original marvel fans and lose those who are loyal to the marvel comics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO IF YOU THINK THAT YOU GOING TO CHANGE THOR TO A GIRL
    SUCK A LEMON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • brown bomber | July 17, 2014 3:25 PMReply

    Oh Lawd! We ain't gone be able to keep Anthony Mackie quiet at all! ;-)

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