The Avengers is slowly being recast! After announcing on The View that Marvel is rolling out a comic book with a lady Thor, the black Captain America was introduced on The Colbert Report on Wednesday, July 16.
Marvel Comics' chief creative officer Joe Quesada broke the news to Colbert that character Sam Wilson, who appeared as the Falcon in 1969 and was one of the first African-American superheroes, will take the title of Captain America from Steve Rogers. In movie terms, Anthony Mackie portrayed Falcon in this year's sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
"If there is one bird associated with America, it is the Falcon," Colbert joked. "Does this make him Captain African-American?"
Quesada replied, "I don't see colors."
Setting himself up for the perfect comeback line, Colbert quipped back to Quesada, "If you don't see colors, how do you do comic books?"
In Captain America No. 21, Rogers is forced to make a sacrifice to save society from Iron Nail's terrorist efforts. Unfortunately, the super-soldier serum that made him a superhero is relinquished and he immediately ages 65 years. "Meaning his new super serum will be Ensure," Colbert commented.
This will be the second time Wilson has stepped in as the red, white and blue crusader. In the 1998 comic Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty, he also donned the costume.