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Marvel's Plan for Black Captain America and Lady Thor

Anthony Mackie as The Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Anthony Mackie as The Falcon in Captain America: The Winter SoldierPhotograph by Zade Rosenthal/Walt Disney/Everett Collection

Joe Quesada, Marvel’s chief creative officer, went on the Colbert Report to convey important news: Captain America will now be black.

Actually, it’s more complicated. Captain American’s longtime associate, the Falcon, who happens to be African American, will be assuming the role of Captain America and toting his red-white-and-blue shield. The news of Captain America’s racial makeover comes on the heels of another surprise this week from the comic book publisher: The mighty Thor will be transformed into a woman in new a story line unfolding later this year.