STEVE ROGERS WILL BE CAPTAIN AMERICA AGAIN—SO DOES CHANGE EVER MATTER?

steve rogers captain america again 2016Marvel readers know that a year ago, the effects of the super-soldier serum were negated, and Steve Rogers got old…Fast.  This led to Sam “Falcon” Wilson taking on the identity of Captain America in all Marvel books, while Rogers became a senior level strategist with SHIELD.  This raised fewer eyebrows than when Ed Brubaker killed Steve Rogers and Bucky became Cap, but it did make some news.  But we all knew it wouldn’t last.  And just in time for the movie Captain America 3: Civil War, it’s going to change back.

I know this is going to irritate Tumblr and all the advocates for more people of color in comics, but should it?  Do we have to jettison the Cap most of us grew up with in the name of diversity, or can we have a Marvel Universe where Falcon is just as important as Cap?

And really, does anyone expect true lasting change in corporate comics?  Because if you do, you’re naïve.  “Change” is not why we read Marvel and DC.  We read those books for familiarity, for epic, big budget fun.  It’s like going to see an Adam Sandler movie and then criticizing it for not having enough depth.  You want depth, read an Image Comic.

Details of the change aren’t released yet, but it will happen during the Avengers event “Avengers Standoff,” which starts soon, and we’ve been promised that Sam Wilson will continue to be a version of Captain America, and will keep the original Cap shield—Steve will get a new one that looks more like the triangle one from the Joe Simon/Jack Kirby days.

AND ALSO COMING OUT OF THE AVENGERS EVENT…

A new Thunderbolts!

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