Marvel is replacing Steve Rogers with the new, black Captain America

Marvel is making big changes this year. In a special announcement made on the Colbert Report this evening, the comics giant will this fall have Steve Rogers pass his star-spangled shield on to Sam Wilson, making Wilson (otherwise known as the Falcon) the first black man to take on the official role of Captain America. This shift comes only a day after Marvel revealed plans to give the role of yet another founding Avenger, Thor, to a woman this fall, and follows with Marvel’s overall push for more diversity in its biggest titles.

That Colbert got to announce the change is altogether fitting; Cap’s shield has been on display on the show since early 2007, ever since Marvel “bequeathed” the shield to the host after Steve Rogers’ assumed…

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