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- July 17th, 1:44
Apparently, and unsurprisingly, Sam Wilson is going to the next Captain America in the comicsverse. I strongly suspect that this is going to be mirrored in the movieverse, and they are going to skip the Bucky period and slot Wilson into the stars and stripes as soon as Evans steps out of the franchise.
Much as the case with the new Lady Thor, the entire thing strikes me as rather cheap and patronizing ratings-chase* but, basically, I am fine with it. Frankly, Bucky is far more interesting as Winter Soldier than as Captain. And he's been drastically underutilized as a character in the movies so far. Let him have his own story, instead of forcing him behind the shield. (And, tbh, they did stick Falcon with the most inane power. I mean you are going to spend all that money to produce the technological equivalent of fucking Warren Worthington? Awesome.)
The Thor thing just doesn't make a lot of sense except as a gimmick. It's not as if either the mythology or the Marvel's Asgard lacks for strong/interesting female characters. Why introduce an entirely new one, instead of giving Sif a bigger mic?
It's like sticking Wonder Woman into the Superman costume. Or declaring that Gambit is now the Black Panther. Why?
But then, I've always been skeptical of the decisions to pass the costume around. You have a character, you spent years, sometimes, decades building his identity - and then you stick him into somebody else's story. Bucky is not Captain. Miles is not Spiderman.
It would be different if the industry was willing to take the leap and start aging and killing off the originals. But nobody really believes that will ever happen, and when it does happen - that it will stick. So instead of inheriting the mantle, you just have periodic musical chairs. Eh.
I suppose it's the easiest way to expand the name recognition, but it'd seem a better long-term investment to hire good writers for the character as is. Bucky is a pretty good example that it can work. His stint as Cap was far from the best phase in his character-development. Same for Dick Grayson.