Captain Carol Danvers of the United States Air Force encounters Mar-Vell, a Kree emissary sent to warn Earth of an impending invasion. When Mar-Vell is killed in an attack, Carol’s genetic structure is altered into half-Kree. To defend her fellow soldiers and her planet, she takes on the mantel of Captain Marvel, Earth’s actual mightest hero.
Fan edit in celebration of finally having a casting announcement! Is it July 6th, 2018 yet?
“Now, in the comics, each of you have taken on the mantel of Captain America. And I don’t wanna make that weird, but uh, I mean… Between your characters, you know, uh… the Falcon and the Winter Soldier, who would make a better captain?” (x)
Want to tell me how making Thor a woman and Captain America black is a genuinely good and interesting comic choice? I think it's pretty clearly pandering.
Passing the mantels onto different characters (which is a comic superhero staple and has been done with these characters before) allows for writers to explore new facets of the universe and mythos, as well as how that particular mantel is situated within it.
What is the importance of Captain America if the mantel is passed? How will Sam fit into those shoes? In what way will he fulfill the promise of the name differently than Steve? How does being Captain America change Sam as opposed to being Falcon? Does the man change the mantel, or the mantel change the man?
What does it mean to not only have a woman worthy of Mjolnir (which has been done before in the comics) but to have her actually take up the mantel of Thor? To give her a run of her own? To separate this hero image from the mythology it spawned and was spawned from, it begs the question of what does “Worthy” mean? What traits will this woman have that makes her worthy? How will we see that compare and contrast with Thor before her?
It is a good and interesting comic choice because it opens up new possibilities and energizes those fan bases. Just like Robins and Batgirls and Green Lanterns pass the mantel on every now and then to give a fresh look and feel to a familiar mask, this will expand the mantel of these characters, to see how the image of this hero is larger than the face who was behind them.
Anyone with an appreciation of comics from a fundamental narrative perspective and macro-cultural viewpoint has to be excited about this opportunity.
Hailing from Harlem, New York, Sam Wilson aka, the Falcon, made is debut in September of 1969 in Captain America #117. While Black Panther may be comic’s first black superhero, Falcon holds the title of comic’s first African-American superhero. Falcon fights crime and soars the skies using his high tech, mechanical wings. He also shares a telepathic bond with his pet falcon, Redwing, which eventually grew into an ability to connect telepathically to all birds.
Falcon is probably best known as being a close friend and crime fighting partner to Steve Rogers (Captain America). Anthony Mackie portrays Falcon in the movies Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man and the upcoming Captain America: Civil War. Fairly recently in comics he abandoned the Falcon codename to take up the shield and mantel of Captain America after Steve Rogers lost his powers.
Character descriptions in the Marvelous Universe differ from those in the official comics.
The Kree were wishing to catalogue all unknown planets and sent their prized warrior Captain Mar-Vell to Earth. She was to be given a human identity in order to blend in and observe but a problem occurred during her assimilation. Captain Mar-Vell’s human cover, Carol Danvers, was completely unaware of her alien self. The decided to continue the project, using her as a sleeper agent hoping that this would let them see human life more honestly.
Carol lived her life as normal but with the Kree watching through her eyes. Occasionally, her instincts would kick in and she’d transform herself into Mar-Vell for protection, only to wake up again as Carol and have no idea of what happened.
Carol pursued a career in the United States Air Force, possibly driven by her military instincts. She was such a prodigy that she was contacted by SHIELD and offered the role of captaining their air squadron.
On witnessing the Avengers, the Kree decided Earth was too dangerous to remain in the Galaxy, and sent forth Ronan the Accuser to destroy the planet. On seeing Ronan, the terrors he’d unleashed in Mar-Vell’s past awakened the alien side in Carol. Finally, she realised who she was and she assumed the mantel of Captain Marvel. She renounced the Kree Empire and decided to become Earth’s Mightiest Hero, defending her found home from the evils of the galaxy.
She has the ability to absorb energy and then project it, however she usually keeps a certain amount of her absorbed energy within her so that she can use other powers including her trademark light blasts.
What would Steve and all others who have taken the mantel of captain America think about all the unrest in the world?
Probably similar things that don’t really matter in comparison to the mantle because Captain America is an ideal. Plenty who have taken on the name have had to sacrifice some part of what they are and what they believe for the sake of conforming to the image that is Captain America because while Captain America changes over time, that name is still subject to the matter of public opinion.
After all, Jeff Mace couldn’t attend the funeral of his friend as Captain America due to the fact that while his friend fought in WWII he was also blue ticketed (in other words he was kicked out for most likely being gay) and Captain America could not be present at the funeral of a gay man in 1947. It gave the wrong impression of what it was the hero stood for.
Steve Rogers had restrictions imposed on him during the war because there are some things that Captain America is not allowed to do (murder an entire village of innocent, but potentially dangerous people for example). Which while Steve did partake in that task to an extent, it’s not the only time he’s had someone tell him to stand down for the sake of preserving what that title means.
So while it’s nice to wonder what ‘Cap’ would think, it’s also important to remember that anyone who takes up the title of Captain America is their own person with their own ideas and that “Captain America” is a construct of the US Government to represent the very best that the country has to offer in particular during trying and frustrating times and doesn’t come with much in the way of opinions on anything.