I’d love it just to see the racists and sexists blow their fuses. It would happen too. Heck, it happened online when the impending changes were revealed. They’re so dead set on not having any changes happen to their beloved characters (despite the lack of permanency of these changes). Moreover, they continue to deny a huge segment of the comic book readership-women and People of Color-from seeing themselves reflected in a multitude of ways. Other people have held Thor’s hammer and been given its power. Why not a woman?The idea of a woman holding a traditionally male role, taking on the power of that male? In a society that considers women weak…that dismisses them…treats them as if they lack agency and power? Bring. It. On.
Multiple people have been Captain America, but none of them have been black (I’m not counting Isaiah Bradley here, obviously). I think in the hands of a good writer, that could lead to some interesting discussions on racism in the U.S. A member of a racially oppressed minority takes up the reins of the country’s most patriotic-themed superhero…a country that enabled the oppression of people of color for centuries…a country where race still shapes society…where people refuse to accept Barack Obama because he’s black? There is so much material to be mined from a black Captain America. Now Marvel Studios says that it’s a possibility:
When asked about possibly adapting the new versions of Thor as a woman and Captain America as an African-American (The Falcon), Kevin Feige shared some interesting views.
The option for us is adapting the comics. If we’re able to make as many movies, over the years, as we hope we’re able to make, I think we can pull from any of them. I think its more likely that we’ll see some of the existing female characters from the books, or existing African-American characters, or African-African characters, from the books come to life before we swap some of the other heroes. But, if it becomes a classic, iconic storyline, that’s what we want to make movies of.