Marvel Replacing Steve Rogers with New, African American Captain America

The Falcon, Sam Wilson, will take on the role of Captain America starting this fall.
The Falcon, Sam Wilson, will take on the role of Captain America starting this fall. –Screenshot via Marvel Entertainment/Twitter

Another big change is coming to the Marvel comic book universe.

On Wednesday, the entertainment company announced that Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, will be passing his shield on to Sam Wilson, a.k.a. the Falcon, this fall.

The news was released during a special segement on last night’s episode of “The Colbert Report,’’ a fitting platform considering the show’s host (Stephen Colbert) is an avid Marvel fan and has displayed Cap’s shield on his show since 2007.

There’s no word yet as to whether Marvel plans on replacing the Falcon, however, the company did tweet out a hilarious photo of Colbert suited up as the winged hero on Thursday afternoon.

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According to the Verge, Wilson, who is a good friend and ally of Rogers in the comics, will be the first African American character to officially take on the role of Captain America.

The move is a part of Marvel’s recent push to add diversity to its titles. The company recently announced that it will be introducing a new female Thor in October.

Marvel has yet to reveal whether any of these changes will affect its cinematic universe, which features Chris Evans as Captain America and Anthony Mackie as the Falcon.

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