Sam Wilson is the New Captain America!

Marvel has announced that Sam Wilson (aka the Falcon) will be taking over the mantle of Captain America this fall in the comic All-New Captain America #1, by Rick Remender and Stuart Immonen.

“This is it,” says Remender. “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 will also being getting a brand new Cap suit, which combines the familiar stars and stripes with the wings Falcon is most famous for. You can see the design below on the All-New Captain America #1 cover.

sam wilson cap costume

Says Remender of the new 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.”

Even though a now weakened Steve Rogers will be passing the shield on to Sam, he won’t be gone for good, working instead back at the base as Sam’s tactician. “Steve’s spirit is as willing as ever,” explains editor Tom Brevoort, “But his body is no longer up to the task of being Captain America. So he’ll instead employ his skills as the new Cap’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 Steve will continue to be a vital part of the series moving ahead. And Steve is completely supportive of Sam as his hand-picked successor—the only replacement Captain America ever to be chosen by Steve himself. Steve and Sam are effectively brothers-in-arms, and there’s a level of trust and camaraderie between them that’s matched only by that of soldiers who’ve fought shoulder-to-shoulder in foxholes on the battlefield.”

This announcement comes on the heels of the news that a woman will be picking up Mjolinir to become the all new Thor this coming October. And according to Brevoort, Marvel isn’t done yet. “Change is one of the watchwords of the Marvel Universe, so there are even more startling surprises to come!”

  • QED42

    Poor Bucky barely got his feet under the table before they bought Steve Rodgers back, lets hope Sam Wilson doesn’t suffer the same fate.