Sam Wilson’s tenure as Captain America has made for a topical, fun comic over the past year or two — but Steve Rogers is almost ready to get off the bench.
Marvel has announced plans to launch the new comic Captain America: Steve Rogers, which will find the vintage Avenger reclaiming his mantle. The book will be written by Nick Spencer, with art by Jesus Saiz. Marvel teases that Steve will be out on an “all-new mission” as he carries an “all-new” shield. So apparently Sam isn’t quite ready to hand the old one back over just yet. Check out a first look at the new-look Steve, and his shield, in the gallery below.
So, how did we get here? If you’ve been keeping up with the Marvel universe in recent years, you know Steve was drained of the Super Soldier Serum that gave him his strength, speed and endurance, which led him to pass his shield and mantle to the former Falcon, Sam Wilson. With Steve back in action, we’ll apparently have two Caps roaming the world (hey, it works for Spider-Man).
Here’s what Spencer had to say about the project:
“It's an exciting time to be writing Captain America, for sure-- this year is the character's 75th Anniversary, not to mention the upcoming release of Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. And with CIVIL WAR II approaching in the Marvel Universe, it felt like the perfect time to restore Steve Rogers to his former self.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS and CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON will act as great counter-points to one another. If you're digging the topical, ripped-from-the-headlines approach we're taking in Sam's book, we've got plenty more of that to come. And if you're up for a more timeless take, with Captain America facing off against Hydra and his classic rogues gallery, Steve's book will be just the thing for you.”
No word on exactly which direction they’ll be taking the new Captain America series, but Marvel teased that it will revolve around Hydra’s resurfacing in the All New, All Different Marvel Universe. Hey, it’s one of Cap’s oldest villains — so it stands to reason they’d pull him out of retirement.
Considering how Sam Wilson’s ‘book has evolved into a very different type of story than the typical Captain America comic, there’s certainly room for a throwback tale with Steve.
Do you think there’s room for two Captain Americas?