After losing the Super Soldier Serum that gave him his powers and vitality, Steve Rogers rapidly aged and was forced to surrender the role of Captain America. But his on-again, off-again super sidekick Sam Wilson (a.k.a. the Falcon) is picking up the shield in October’s Captain America #35, and will headline a new ongoing series, All-New Captain America, launching this fall.
Writer Rick Remender (along with artist Stuart Immonen) promised Marvel.com an exciting new status quo:
This is the fireworks factory we’re arriving at, and now everything’s going to blow up and be very pretty and exciting to look at. I think that it’s important with these stories to do things that are natural and make sense and have an inherent logic to the universe, but are also constantly shifting and exciting, keeping the drama high. In order to do that it really comes down to creating new dynamics.
Editor Tom Brevoort also pointed out the obvious differences between Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson:
While Sam shares many of Steve’s beliefs in a general sense, he’s also a very different person with a very different background. 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.
Steve will stick around in the new series as a tactical adviser, and his adopted son from Dimension Z, Ian, will take on the role of Nomad, one of Steve’s alternate heroic identities.