It looks like Marvel picked this week to show the world that people other than white men can be star superheroes.
Two of the comic book maker’s flagship titles are getting a dose of diversity as Marvel announced the next Captain America will be a black man, while hammer-wielding Norse superhero Thor will be a woman.
Marvel chief Joe Quesada confirmed today that the character Sam “The Falcon” Wilson will be taking over for the aging Steve Rogers aka Captain America in an upcoming storyline. Steve Rogers will still appear in the comic book as a mentor and advisor.
The announcement first came when Quesada appeared on “The Colbert Report” earlier this week.
Wilson was played by Anthony Mackie in the latest Cap film “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”
Details were much more slim on Marvel’s announcement that Thor will be a woman, but they did release a statement to the media that “no longer is the classic male hero able to hold the mighty hammer.”
“This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. ... This is THE Thor,” series writer Jason Aaron said in the release.
Things are changing at the movies, too. Marvel has said it’s working on a stand-alone movie for Scarlett Johansson’s character Black Widow.