Marvel Comics are getting with the times, for a new reimagining of Captain America for 2021.
The reveal comes ahead of an upcoming celebration of Captain America. The writers have revealed an LGBTQ+ Captain America for the first time.
They’re celebrating 80 years of America’s favourite superhero with The United States of Captain America.
It will feature Steve Rogers, John Walker, Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes teaming up to go on a journey. They head out to find Cap’s stolen iconic shield.
During their journey, they meet Aaron Fischer. He’s described as an openly gay hero, referred to as the ‘Captain America of the Railways’.
The series is usually written by Christopher Cantwell with art by Dale Eaglesham.
However, the credit for modern heroes such as Aaron Fischer goes to a ‘diverse lineup of all-star talent’. Writer Joshua Trujillo and artist Jan Bazaldua are the ones behind Aaron.
In a press release, Trujillo said, ‘Aaron is inspired by heroes of the queer community: activists, leaders, and everyday folks pushing for a better life. He stands for the oppressed, and the forgotten. I hope his debut story resonates with readers, and helps inspire the next generation of heroes.’
Bazaldua said, ‘I want to thank editor Alanna Smith and Joshua Trujillo very much for asking me to create Aaron. I really enjoyed designing him, and as a transgender person, I am happy to be able to present an openly gay person who admires Captain America and fights against evil to help those who are almost invisible to society.’
She added, ‘While I was drawing him, I thought, well, Cap fights against super-powerful beings and saves the world almost always, but Aaron helps those who walk alone in the street with problems that they face every day. I hope people like the end result!’
Diverse Oscar Nominations
Meanwhile, diversity continues to thrive elsewhere, with the new Oscar nominations that were released yesterday.
For the first time in the history of the awards, two women have been nominated in the Best Director category. Nominations went to Chloé Zhao (Nomadland) and Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman). Zhao is also the first non-white woman to ever be nominated.
Elsewhere, the Best Actor category has been making headlines as Chadwick Boseman received a posthumous nomination – and it’s his only ever Academy Awards nomination.
Also in the Best Actor category was the first every nomination for an Asian American actor, for Steven Yeun in ‘Minari’. Also up for Best Actor is ‘Sound of Metal‘ star Riz Ahmed, who became the first person of Pakistani descent to ever be nominated for any acting Oscar.
Another notable first is Yeun’s “Minari” costar Yuh-Jung Youn, because she is a supporting actress nominee, making her the first Korean person ever nominated for an acting Oscar.
But the awards have come in for criticism over the last few years, with #Oscarsowhite trending. Last year, only one Black actor earned a nomination: “Harriet” star Cynthia Erivo for best actress.
Are you surprised it’s taken this long for the representation?
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