Steve Rogers can no longer serve as Captain America, but that doesn’t mean he can’t have some say in who can take his place.
For the first time ever, Rogers is going to be able to hand-pick his replacement, and he’s turning to close friend and proven hero Sam Wilson, formerly the Falcon, in All-New Captain America #1. Due this fall from writer Rick Remender and artist Stuart Immonen, the new series will see Wilson put his own stamp on his inherited role as one of Marvel’s most iconic heroes.
“Sam wants to lead by example,” Remender said in a press release. “To help people see their own selfishness and to turn it around. To build better communities, to never forget the little guy. Sam follows his heart and his belief in what the American dream means and how it belongs to everyone.”
He’ll need some help along the way, and Rogers will be providing it. While his body might have betrayed him thanks to the Iron Nail removing the Super Soldier Serum from it, his unparalleled tactical mind and years of experience with a certain star-spangled accessory are both going to come in handy.
“Steve’s spirit is as willing as ever, but his body is no longer up to the task of being Captain America,” Executive Editor Tom Brevoort said. “So he’ll employ his skills as the new Cap’s remote strategic advisor, running Cap’s missions from his headquarters in Avengers Mansion and providing Sam with technical support and field information from a distance. He’ll also tutor Sam in how to throw the shield, a skill that’s deceptively difficult for the new Cap to master. So Steve will continue to be a vital part of the series moving ahead.”
And in case anyone is wondering, this Captain America is still going to be able to fly, as evidenced by the wings on his new costume. Watch Wilson soar into All-New Captain America #1 in November.