Marvel proves that the only thing that is constant in this life is change, with the new announcements for its upcoming “Avengers NOW!” initiative. We received news just yesterday that with Thor’s revamp we will see the popular character transformed into a female, and now the Avengers is due for a huge shakeup as well. The “Avengers NOW!” will include the newly announced female Thor, a black Captain America where Sam Falcon replaces Steve Rogers, and a Superior Iron Man. In November, Superior Iron Man #1 was introduced with Tony Stark sent to San Francisco with a brand new suit. Female Thor is expected to debut in a new comic issue in October, while the new Cap and the superior version of Iron Man is expected to make their way out in November.
Let’s look at some of the expected changes according to Editor Tom Brevoort:
About the character:
“While Sam shares many of Steve’s beliefs in a general sense, he’s also a very different person with a very different background,” editor Tom Brevoort said of the upcoming all-new “Captain America #1”. “He didn’t grow up in the 1930s, he’s a modern day man in touch with the problems of the 21st Century. For most of his professional life, Sam has worked as a social worker, so he’s seen the worst of urban society up close, and how crime, poverty, lack of social structure and opportunity can affect the community. So he’s got perhaps a greater focus on the plight of the common man, and perhaps a greater empathy for the underprivileged than maybe even Steve himself.”
“He’s also not a military man, so he’s more apt to be instinctively skeptical of any situation that calls for just following orders. Sam, like Steve, will be led by his personal morality and beliefs as to what is right and what is wrong – and where his beliefs may differ in their shading from those of the previous Cap are where the interesting stories will be found.”
The new cap will not have the super soldier serum, but he will be able to fly with the assistance of “Falcon” like wings:
“Historically, Falcon would often act as air support, flying Steve into the battle. Why not merge the two?” “He pops the wings, and as he flies, he keeps the shield latched onto his back. He dives down onto the scene, hurls the shield, wings retract, and rolls into a kick or jump, catches the shield on the way back. He doesn’t have the super soldier serum, but he has the added zing-zang-zoom of flight.”
What about Steve?
“Steve’s spirit is as willing as ever,” “But his body is no longer up to the task of being Captain America. So he’ll instead employ his skills as the new Cap’s remote strategic advisor, running missions from his headquarters in Avengers Mansion and providing Sam with technical support and field information from a distance.”
Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso added his comments about the changes:
Superior Iron Man:
“Superior Iron Man #1” will send Tony Stark to San Francisco with a new outfit and a new perspective on life. “The Genius Bar costume is there for a reason,” “The newly-transformed Superior Iron Man has very ambitious plans for the city that some of its residents embrace, but not all.” “Like the Superior Spider-Man, Superior Iron Man is a character that’s hard to root for.”
Teasing about the origin of the female heroine, Alonso said:
“For reasons that will be revealed in Original Sin, Thor won’t be able to pick up the hammer,” “Someone has to pick up the hammer. And someone does. And they become Thor.”
Teasing about the identity of the new Mjolnir owner, he added:
“There are several women in Thor’s life, and one of them is going to be the new Thor. You aren’t going to find out who it is for some time. This is a slowly unfolding mystery.”