Marvel’s new Captain America will be African-American

  • 18 July 2014
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Image caption The cover of the New Captain America comic book

Marvel has announced that a new Captain America will be African-American.

In an online article the character Sam Wilson, also known as The Falcon, was named as the replacement for Steve Rogers.

The move follows an unexpected event, which left Rogers unable to carry on.

The post reads, "Robbed of his superior strength and vitality, Steve Rogers must surrender his blues for a sturdy cane."

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Image caption Chris Evans will play Captain America in Avengers: Age of Ultron

The change of character is only set to affect the Captain America comic book series.

Chris Evans, who has played him in The Avengers film, will also play the role in Avengers: Age of Ultron which is set for release in 2015.

Captain America first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1941.

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Image caption There's a new female Thor, the God of Thunder

The news about Captain America comes a day after Marvel announced that Thor, the God of Thunder, would now be portrayed as a woman in that comic book series.

Marvel comic editor Tom Brevoort says "We're not anywhere near finished."

"Change is one of the watchwords of the Marvel Universe, so there are even more startling surprises to come."