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Diversity in Millennial Comic Characters

Once upon a time, the most color you’d see in a comic book were the bright blue, red and yellow hues throughout.

But the times have changed and what was once thought of as impossible is now a reality: a Black Captain America.

That’s right! The fictional character widely known to personify the American ideals of liberty and justice is now being embodied by a Black man from Harlem.

Photo Credit: Marvel

Photo Credit: Marvel

Marvel Comics announced the innovation on Wednesday, saying that Sam Wilson, formerly known as Falcon, will become the new Captain America. Falcon was born and raised in Harlem and is replacing current Captain America Steve Rogers, who is leaving due to old age.

“It’s about time,” Marvel executive editor Tom Brevoort told the New York Daily News. “In 2014, this should be a thing that we shrug off, it shouldn’t be seen as revolutionary, but it still feels exciting.”

The comic land isn’t only becoming more racially diverse. Tuesday, God of Thunder Thor, the hammer-wielding god, will now be a woman—a goddess.

“This new Thor isn’t a temporary female substitute – she’s now the one and only Thor – and she’s worthy!” boasted the announcement.

Both of the revisions are part of Marvel’s attempt to draw a more diverse audience.

“We have more readers of different backgrounds who are hungry for characters who come from circumstances like their own,” Brevoort told The View. “Our creators take that seriously.”

These announcements come after one earlier this year revealing that Johnny Storm of the Fantastic Four, traditionally played by White men, will now be played by Michael B. Jordan of Fruitvale Station. 

Marvel is doing marvelous work.