Marvel is shaking up the comic book game! The superhero juggernaut announced today that the new Captain America will be Black, and the new incarnation of Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth in the film adaptation) will be portrayed as a woman.
Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada appeared on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report on Wednesday night and revealed that character Sam Wilson, who comic book fans might already know as The Falcon, would be taking over the role of Captain America in a new series launching in October.
The new Captain America already has one big fan — Common. The rapper tells TMZ the move is "a beautiful thing." Interesting fact: Common was once tapped to don a superhero cloak himself, as the Green Lantern in a Hollywood production that fell apart during the 2008 writer's strike. Maybe he'll have his second chance when the new Captain America hits the big screen?
Anthony Mackie (Captain America), Jamie Foxx (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers) are three Black celebs who have appeared in Marvel films, with Foxx on deck to play Black Phantom in Tim Story's rumored film adaptation. Let the casting games begin for who will play the new Captain America!
As for Thor, the move to reboot the Norse hero as a woman is one small step toward bringing more kick-ass females into the superhero universe.
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