Marvel replaces Captain America with The Falcon

Jul 17, 2014 at 6:58 p.m. ET
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Captain America Steve Rogers is hanging up his shield, letting The Falcon, aka African-American hero Sam Wilson, take over his post.

Having to retire due to his need for a cane, Captain America is letting his much younger partner take on the part. Not only is the new hero African-American, but he's also quite different in many ways.

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"While Sam shares many of Steve's beliefs in a general sense, he's also a very different person with a very different background," Marvel editor, Tom Brevoort, explained on the comic giant's website. "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."

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As the first African-American mainstream superhero, The Falcon was originally introduced in 1969's Captain America #117 comic book. He became friends with Captain America after battling a group of former Nazis called the "Exiles" in a tropical island while going up against the American superhero's notorious nemesis, Red Skull.

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The Falcon has fought numerous times with S.H.I.E.L.D. and other organizations in the Marvel universe, so he's no stranger to the superhero realm. In the movie version of the Marvel comics, Sam Wilson was portrayed by Anthony Mackie in the latest film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

As a big part of the superhero community, Rogers will certainly not be leaving all the action behind, however. He is taking on an inside post as a "remote strategic advisor," lending his experience to the commanding side of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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