TORONTO —; Fresh from revealing a female Thor, Marvel announced Wednesday the new Captain America will be a black man.
Appearing on The Colbert Report, Marvel’s chief creative officer Joe Quesada, said Sam Wilson —; also known as The Falcon —; will carry the iconic shield in Captain America #21.
In the blockbuster movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Falcon was portrayed by Anthony Mackie, who is black.
The new Captain America will only appear in the pages of comic books.
Fans reacted to the news on social media:
Captain America is Captain America. Thor is Thor. Seriously.
— Fredrik (@mjselvig) July 17, 2014
Thor is going to be a woman and Captain America is getting replaced by a Black guy, Marvel is reaching.
— Alvin aqua Blanco (@Aqua174) July 17, 2014
Lol, Marvel pissing off every redneck this week. A black captain america.
— Emperor Moth (@knives696) July 17, 2014
Captain America is black, Thor’s hammer is held by a woman and we’ve got a mixed Spiderman? Shut up and take my money, Marvel
— Ryan (@kurogane) July 17, 2014
I just learned that Sam Wilson, the Falcon, will be the new Captain America. Hell yeah! Sam’s a great character & I can’t wait to read it!
— Scott MacDonald (@wblakelives) July 17, 2014
First Marvel decides to make Thor a woman, and now Captain America is black. Getting hard out there for white male superheroes. #Superperson
— Jason Spooner (@jasonspooner) July 17, 2014