First, Marvel changed Thor from a God of Thunder to a Goddess of Thunder.
And now, Marvel is changing the racial ethnicity of Captain America.
Yesterday, Marvel's Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada confirmed on The Colbert Report that Sam Wilson, the hero formerly known as Falcon, will be donning the mantle of Captain America. Colbert jokingly suggested that the new Captain America be called Captain African-American.
According to Marvel, Steve Rogers will sadly be robbed of his powers and so Sam Wilson will have to take over. Tom Brevoort, editor of the upcoming All-New Captain America series, added that, “While Sam shares many of Steve’s beliefs in a general sense, he’s also a very different person with a very different background...He didn’t grow up in the 1930s, he’s a modern day man in touch with the problems of the 21st Century...He’s also not a military man, so he’s more apt to be instinctively skeptical of any situation that calls for just following orders."
As to how Sam's becoming Captain America will impact the Marvel universe, Tom added that, "“I think that different characters across the Marvel Universe are going to respond to Sam’s appointment in different ways."
No doubt superheroes will be wondering what happened to a male Thor and a Caucasian Captain America and only Marvel knows how long these changes are going to last.
Rick Remender and Stuart Immonen will be the creative team behind theAll-New Captain America series that is coming out in October.