Marvel has been absolutely shaking up their comic book world this week. First the announcement that a woman will now take up the mantle of Thor and the mighty Mjolnir, and now Marvel Comics COO Jose Quesada appeared on tonight's The Colbert Report to drop another bomb: Samuel Wilson, aka Falcon, is all set to take up the mantle of Captain America in the comics.
That's right! After the supposed death of Steve Rogers in 2007, his best friend and recent titular assassin on the big screen, the Winter Soldier, also known as Bucky Barnes, became the next Captain America. Now it's revealed that not one, not two, but THREE Captain Americas were in [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](movie:254973), as the Falcon will actually be stepping into the role of Cap in the next Captain America comic book series.
Tom Brevoort, Marvel Comics' executive editor, had this to say on the matter to the New York Daily News:
It’s about time. In 2014, this should be a thing that we shrug off, it shouldn't be seen as revolutionary, but it still feels exciting.
With Falcon finally making it onto the big screen, fans can't help but wonder if this was done on purpose for the sake of the film's continuous legacy. With Bucky Barnes having taken up the Captain America mantle the same year as the release of the first Iron Man film, Marvel could potentially write their superhero movie storylines a decade in advance with directors attached to projects from comic book origins all the way through to the big screen bang.
But this means a lot more than a movie: We get a female Thor one day and an African-American Captain America the next - let's hear it for diversity and progress, right? Go, Team Marvel!
(Source: The Colbert Report)