Following yesterday’s announcement that we would soon be getting a new female version of Thor, Marvel have revealed that Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon, will be replacing Steve Rogers as the new Captain America. Marvel Comics’ Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada made the announcement on The Colbert Report (Colbert was previously given Captain America’s shield the last time Rogers was taken off the board), where he confirmed speculation that Steve’s longtime partner would be taking up the mantle.
It’s been known for a little while now that Rogers would be passing the torch. Under the pen of current Captain America writer Rick Remender, Steve has lost his powers gained from the Super Soldier Serum and can no longer continue to fight on the front lines. Given the success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which heavily featured Sam Wilson (as played by Anthony Mackie), it’s certainly the right time for Marvel to put him in the spotlight.
Editor Tom Brevoort assures this will be a new take on the character, saying, “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.”
Marvel also revealed some major changes for Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, today, though not nearly as major as what’s happening with the other two of their “Big Three”. The Avenger will be taking some inspiration from Apple, gaining a new, sleek, silver suit and moving to San Fran in a new series from Tom Taylor and Yildiray Cinar called The Superior Iron Man. The new series, announced on EW, will join a slew of new Marvel titles, including All New Captain America (from Rick Remender and Stuart Immonen) and Thor (from Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman). EW also unveiled the below image, which teases a number of characters that will be getting the spotlight in Marvel’s latest shake-up.