Well it’s been a couple of days since the big changes have been announced all over the net.
And I have been on here reading the opinions of many, this change has apparently divided Comic Vine.
On one side you have those that are either happy or interested to see the new change and where the story lines will go after the mantles have been turned over.
Then you have the other side that is not so happy with the change. Many feel that it is damaging to the character, and downright insulting to comic book reader’s intelligence.
I was debating on whether to jump onto one of the discussions with my opinion, or start one of my own.
After reading the latest discussion posted on this topic, I decided why the heck not, I’ll just write my own view as to why I personally do not like this change in a well thought out blog.
If it was just for storyline sake, I would be more than happy with Marvel’s updates to their main characters.
But as stated blatantly by Marvel, this is nothing more than a marketing ploy to draw in a female audience, and I am also guessing with the change to Captain A, a more diversified audience namely African-Americans.
My question to Marvel as a black male reader, what makes you think I would enjoy reading about a black character being Captain America knowing it is more of a marketing ploy and not for storyline sake?
I believe affirmative action and political correctness does not belong everywhere, especially not in my comic books.
If you wanted to build my interest, why not start by building up the black and women characters you already have?
Why not make interesting and gripping origin stories creating new super heroes that can captivate and draw me in?
This whole change would be even cool and interesting if it was truly a "changing of guard" or turning over of the mantle like Miles Morales taking over the mantle of Spiderman in the Ultimate Universe.
But we know that this is only a temporary change, Rogers will be back as Cap, probably by the time the movie is out, and Thor will be holding his hammer again probably around the same time.
So to me if feels like, “Let’s put a black guy in the red, white, and blue, and let a girl hold the hammer so that readers of that ethnicity or sexuality can identify and be drawn into the world of legendary characters created by Stan Lee, and we’ll make a lot of money as well for a little while till we change them back.”
And another thing, and this is again my opinion, I personally do not want to read about a character built off of another man’s legacy.
Steve Rogers BUILT the Captain America legacy, it doesn’t matter who else worn the suit after him, people will forever identify him as Captain America.
I want to identify with characters that can built their OWN legacy and stand with the likes of Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, and even Superman.
It can be done, but as usual it seems no one wants to do it, it seems like it’s better to make characters like Black Panther, Luke Cage, and Storm secondary characters, and on occasion give a character like Falcon a primary role for a little while holding the mantle of one of the top three in Marvel. Why because our President is black, and Dr. Dre became a billionaire?
Not to mention, the role change and the recycling of characters has been done so many times in my opinion it is sickening.
We had a female Ghost Rider for a while, and Johnny Blaze came back and reclaimed the title!
Now we got another Ghost Rider, only this one drives a car!
Bucky Barnes was Captain America up until the Fear saga, Steve took it back, and now we’re back to another change, which will eventually go back to Steve taking the mantle again, and once that is done it’s not going to do ANYTHING to build Falcon’s legacy, he will go back to just being Falcon a secondary character, and the same thing will happen to this female Thor.
This may very well turn out to be very an interesting and thrilling change, so please do not take this as a deterrent to go and buy the issue and check it out.
I for one, don’t want to read about an African-American Captain America, or a black Superman for that matter.
I want my own heroes, with their own unique names, that can both build and earn their own legacy, and captivate readers for years to come based on that.
That is what I want as a black reader…
And if Marvel and DC are too lazy to do it…then I’ll just do it my damn self…
That’s my two cents…thank you for reading.