Steve Rogers Will Meet The First Gay Captain America On His Upcoming Road Trip
Captain America is a symbol of inspiration, and many in the Marvel Universe have taken up the shield both officially and in their own communities.
Steve Rogers' legendary shield has been stolen, and the original Cap is teaming up with the other Captains to get it back. Along the way, Steve will meet other people using the Captain America moniker, inspired by Steve to take up their own shields and defend their communities. The first new Captain Steve will meet is Aaron Fischer, the first gay Captain America.
Marvel announced last week an upcoming limited comic series set to launch this June called The United States of Captain America. The story is written by Christopher Cantwell with art by Dale Eaglesham, and will have Steve roadtripping across the United States with the other canonical Captains--Bucky Barnes, Sam Wilson, and John Walker.
Captain America is a mantle, not a person, as the above characters have proven, and anyone can wear it. Aaron Fischer will be just the first of a number of unofficial Captains that Team Cap will get to know.
"Aaron is inspired by heroes of the queer community: activists, leaders, and everyday folks pushing for a better life," explained guest writer Joshua Trujillo, who created the new character alongside artist Jan Bazaldua. "He stands for the oppressed, and the forgotten. I hope his debut story resonates with readers, and helps inspire the next generation of heroes."
"I want to thank Editor Alanna Smith and Joshua Trujillo very much for asking me to create Aaron," Bazaldua said. "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. 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!"
The United States of Captain America #1 hits shelves and comic book apps on June 2. To get your fill of Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes ahead of this book, check out our coverage of the upcoming Disney+ show The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.