Steve Rogers To Return To Being Captain America

In a completely unsurprising move, Marvel has decided to reinstate our favorite patriot to his original title of Captain America. Marvel made this announcement in their Captain America special that aired on ABC Tuesday night, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the character. The current Captain America, Sam Wilson, formerly known as Falcon (I can only call him Captain Falcon in my head), was handed the job during a battle with an enemy called the Iron Nail when the Super-Soldier Serum within Rogers’s body was neutralized, causing him to age rapidly to match his chronological age of over 90 years.

Even though Steve was super duper old, his mind was still strategically sound. He took on a role as mission coordinator, which involved formulating attacks from Avenger’s mansion. With Captain America’s newest film, Captain America: Civil War, right around the corner, it makes sense that Marvel would want to bring back a classic character onto the playing field for the new round of arcs and series that Marvel has in store for its audiences. The only twist is that Steve won’t be taking the mantle back, he’ll be joining Captain Falcon as a second Captain America. Two Cap’s for the price of one.

Steve will star in a new Marvel series titled Captain America: Steve Rogers, to be written by Nick Spencer and drawn by Jesus Saiz. Current Cap Sam Wilson will remain as the main title holder for the series — and Spencer will remain as writer of Captain America: Sam Wilson.

“When Steve handed the shield to Sam, it didn’t come with any caveats. It’s his. Steve respects and admires what his old partner is doing, and wants him to carry on.” Nick Spencer told Marvel.com in an interview. You guys know what that means right? Not only does Sam Wilson get to keep being Captain America, he also gets to keep Cap’s iconic vibranium-steel alloy shield — meaning that Steve Rogers has a new one. Reminiscent of the character’s original, World War II-era shield, the shield was designed by Captain America: Sam Wilson artist Daniel Acuña, and comes with some new specs.

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“Its shape is similar to the original shield Cap had back in the 1940’s, the pointy one, but this one has two main innovations: its tip can deploy an ‘energy blade’ so Cap can cut into things, and the shield can be divided in two, so Steve can use both halves, one with each arm,” Saiz told Marvel.com.

As exciting as Steve’s return to his original mantle is, one does wonder what he’ll be doing since Sam is still going to be doing all the Captain America stuff he’s been doing since last year. Luckily, Nick Spencer was willing to share: “There are enough problems out there, and enough bad guys, to keep both of them busy. They’ll have very different missions; Sam will continue fighting the battles no one else will go near, while Steve is faced with a resurgent threat from his past: Hydra is back, and stronger than ever.” The plans for Hydra will probably be extensive and may even intersect with other main characters in the Marvel Universe, they might even be big enough to feature in some of the prominent Marvel events that are planned to happen soon (Civil War II wink wink).

As to how Steve returns as Captain America, Spencer baited “something happens that restores Steve to full vigor” during upcoming Marvel crossover Avengers Standoff. Spencer also disclosed that Rogers will remain leader of the Unity Squad in Uncanny Avengers, and that Sharon Carter and “a couple of other faces from [Steve Rogers’] past will be cast members in the new series.”

Who knows what will be afoot in the new series as Steve returns to fill the shoes that he will share with Captain Falcon. That metaphor really ran away from me at the end there. Anyway, stay tuned for more news on both Cap’s as we get closer and closer to Captain America: Civil War.

Captain America: Civil War hits theaters May 6, 2016.

Steve’s return has yet to be assigned a release date, but with this being his 75th anniversary year, get ready for this year to be full of Steve and all his righteousness.

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