by on July 17, 2014

in Entertainment

Captain America and The Falcon (cover art from Marvel's Two Americas)

Marvel is making some sweeping changes within the ranks of their comic franchise.  Or should I say Disney, Marvel’s owner?

Today (Wed, 7-16-14) Marvel, via Joe Quesada stopping by the TV show, The Colbert Report, announced that the comic character of Sam Wilson will be taking over the cowl of Captain America.

With Wilson taking up the red, white and blue shield, there’s no immediate word on if the persona of The Falcon will be filled by any other character. And he’s not the first person to take up the mantle of the shield wielding hero.

Is it me, or is Disney/Marvel making some fascinating and sweeping changes within the ranks of their franchise infrastructure?

With the SHIELD organization being decimated, to the re-imagining of Thor into a woman, it seems that Marvel is charging forward on some agenda that will make sense later on in time.

There are other aspects to consider… or at least I am pondering them.

Is this Marvel’s answer to DC’s New 52 initiative? Or is Disney posturing these new character changes so that they can be manipulated into latter new actors taking over new roles? Do they already have someone in mind to take over the role of Thor if Chris Hemsworth steps down and does not reach an agreement to his contract renewal?  And the same could be said for Cap.  And yes, I’m waiting for some breath taking change to take place in Iron Man.

Though, to be honest, who else can dare be Shellhead but the snarky, rich and brilliant Tony Stark?

Well, we’ll see, because as I always say, “Time is the telling factor here.”

Below, the press release announcing the Sam Wilson becoming Captain America move:

New York, NY – July 17th, 2014 – Marvel is excited to announce that beginning in November 2014, the title of Captain America will be passed to Sam Wilson, The Falcon, in the pages of All-New Captain America #1 by series writer Rick Remender (Captain America, Uncanny Avengers) and series artist Stuart Immonen (All-New X-Men).

Announced on “The Colbert Report” by Joe Quesada, “Sam Wilson…The Falcon, is the new Captain America.”

Addressing how Sam Wilson will follow in the footsteps of his predecessor, Steve Rogers, Remender says, “Sam wants to lead by example. To help people see their own selfishness and to turn it around. To build better communities, to never forget the little guy.”  Remender continues, “Sam follows his heart and his belief in what the American dream means and how it belongs to everyone.”

The question remains: what happens with the original Captain America, Steve Rogers? Executive Editor Tom Brevoort says, “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 employ his skills as the new Cap’s remote strategic advisor, running Cap’s 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.”

For more details on All-New Captain America, visit Marvel.com for their interview with Rick Remender and Tom Brevoort.

All-New Captain America #1 will be available this November in all local comic book retailers and available in the Marvel Digital Comics Store.

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