There's a new Captain America and no, we're not talking about Sam Wilson. In celebration of the First Avenger's 80th anniversary, Marvel will introduce a gay Captain America in a limited series.
Marvel Comics announced the new limited series The United States of Captain America. The new comics will be written by Christopher Cantwell and illustrated by Dale Eaglesham and will feature several Captain Americas.
The United States of Captain America brings back Steve Rogers and the men who have taken the mantle in the past. This includes Sam, Bucky Barnes, and John Walker, all of whom will appear in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier this month.
In the comics, Steve enlists the other Captain America on a road trip to find his stolen shield. Along the way, they encounter new heroes who have taken his mantle to defend their communities, including a young gay man named Aaron Fischer.
The introduction of a gay Captain America is a huge step for Marvel Comics. Joshua Trujillo, who helped write the character's story, pointed out they took inspiration from the LGBTQ community.
"Aaron is inspired by heroes of the queer community: activists, leaders, and everyday folks pushing for a better life," Trujillo said. "He stands for the oppressed, and the forgotten. I hope his debut story resonates with readers and helps inspire the next generation of heroes."
It's truly impressive how a young gay man will be one of the new Captain Americas that will appear in the upcoming comic book. Hopefully, Aaron's story will be more than just a small arc and he will inspire the LGBTQ community today and in the future.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe's current Captain America is still Sam Wilson and he will appear along with Bucky and John in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. The series premieres on Disney+ on March 19. The United States of Captain America will be released on June 2.