Following the announcement of the new female Thor made on The View, Marvel has revealed new plans for the Avengers, Iron Man, and a brand new Captain America!
The reports of the new Thor were met with a little strangeness on the internet, partly because of the strange reveal on The View that had more than a few fans confused by the PR move. However, no one really batted an eye when Marvel revealed on The Colbert Report who would be taking over the role of the Sentinel of Liberty, Captain America. Rick Remender has recently drastically altered the world of Steve Rogers, who has had the super-soldier serum removed from him, making him unable to continue on as Captain America.
Joe Quesada appeared again on The Colbert Report to announce that the new Captain America will be Sam Wilson, who as the Falcon was a constant companion to Rogers. Stephen Colbert is no stranger to the Captain America universe, having received the shield of Cap on his program previously. The first images of Sam Wilson as the new Captain America were revealed, and showcased a unique mixture of the Falcon and Cap outfits, while also featuring some elements of the new SHIELD uniforms we’ve seen on Nick Fury and Jim Hammond recently.
Remender revealed a bit more on his process of writing Sam, and some of the design elements for the new costume in the Marvel press release:
“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.”
“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.”
Sam isn’t the only change of the series, as Rogers will take on the role of a base technician, and there will also be a new Nomad, as Steve’s adopted son Ian from the Negative Zone will take on the historic role. Sam is the perfect choice to take on the role of Captain America, and while he isn’t technically the first black Captain America, he is the first successor to the mantle picked by Steve Rogers himself.
So who will be the new Falcon? None other than Stephen Colbert, of course! While he may have been disappointed to learn that he wouldn’t be the new Captain America, Quesada revealed a hilarious illustration by Kris Anka that is sure to join Cap’s shield on Colbert’s wall. He wasted no time in making up a new catchphrase as well:
“Why did the Falcon cross the road? For justice, motherf***er.”
The Avengers NOW! initiative doesn’t stop there, as the last member of Marvel’s Trinity will also be experience a big change thanks to Tom Taylor and artist Yildray Cinar. Superior Iron Man #1 will feature a new creative team, a new armor, and a new direction for Tony Stark. The Superior brand carries a very ominous tone for the series, having originated with Doc Ock’s takeover of the Spidey title, though this take on Iron Man will still feature Stark as he relocates from New York to San Francisco.
“What we’re doing here is a little different — it’s Tony Stark, the one and only Tony Stark — and in the aftermath of the Axis event, he will surrender to his id and his legendary ego,” Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso told Mashable.
“You’ll see Tony in a new place spiritually and intellectually.”
Alonso went on to confirm this isn’t alternate timeline/universe/dimension Tony Stark, and he isn’t being replaced or mind-controlled like Spider-Man was…
“Yes, this is Tony,” Alonso said. “What you’re seeing in Superior Iron Man is a Tony Stark who’s seen both his worst and best impulses all let loose. It is Tony, but he’s going to be in a zone now where he’s never been. He’s more ambitious, cunning, egotistical … all of those quantities are unharnessed. He has a vision for the world. I like to think his position is defensible — controversial, but defensible.”
With Marvel’s trinity experiencing a massive overhaul, it only makes sense that the Avengers will also be affected by the fallout of the AXIS event. A new image was released that showcases what we can assume is a very unique team of Avengers. However, it could also just be an image to showcase some of the big players of the Avengers NOW! Initiative, which would relate to some past teasers we’ve seen from the Marvel NOW! era.
The image shows, from top right, Medusa, Scarlet Witch, Iron man, Doctor Strange, Ant Man, Winter Soldier, Angela, Thor, Captain America, Inferno, and Deathlok. A number of new characters, including the recently revealed Deathlok and Dante from Inhuman, continuing the recent upturn of the Inhumans in the Marvel NOW! world. If this is an official Avengers team it will be very interesting to see how the events of AXIS contributed to bringing these various characters together.
What are your thoughts on the new direction for the Avengers? Will the trinity of Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man be changed forever or is this just a temporary development? Could this new direction be a result of future plans for the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below or join the discussion on the GEEK Facebook page!