Marvel's senior vice president of publishing and hoagies with extra mayo, Tom Brevoort, granted an interview to Newsarma's Chris Arrant today to discuss the upcoming changes to Captain America. While The Outhouse supports the choice of Sam Wilson to take over the role of Cap and the push to include more diversity in comics in general, we have to admit we were slightly alarmed by reading between the lines in the interview. Let's look at some of the things Brevoort said. First, on Steve Rogers' decision to choose The Falcon to replace him:
I think it’s something of a no-brainer of a decision on his part; Steve and Sam go back many years at this point. They’ve fought shoulder to shoulder, and are true comrades and brothers in arms as only guys who have gone out so often and risked their lives and shared dangerous moments can have. Steve realizes that Sam might not have the same approach in every situation, but he is honest, trustworthy, valiant, loyal and worthy to carry the shield and take on the name and position of being Captain America. That being said, Sam Wilson is different than Steve Rogers.
Brevoort goes on to describe how Sam will operate differently than Steve, with less of a soldier's background and blind loyalty to authority, pointing out the storyline where Falcon allowed a reported to keep a camera containing footage damaging to America during the Nuke arc. But then, when talking about Falcaptain America's costume redesign, Brevoort said:
Carlos Pacheco designed the new costume for Sam, which was kind of a no-brainer given he’s been working on the series and is also a huge fan of the character… plus he does a great Falcon. I love the way Carlos articulates the wings on his version of the Falcon, and if you look at recent issues you can see how he brings the avionics of the character in a way a lot of people don’t think about it. Carlos’ Captain America outfit for Sam is a design that still says it’s Cap, but also incorporates enough of the iconography of the Falcon so people know it’s Sam. It seemed like a challenge Carlos would be well able to take on, and he did. It was a fairly easy process; he did a couple of initial designs, and we went back and forth with some tweaks and that was it.
So this decision was also a no-brainer? Exactly how many decisions is Marvel making without brains, anyway?! Concluding the interview:
This decision was incredibly easy. We here at Marvel aren’t precious with our characters; we’re precious with our storylines and our storytelling, but we’re not afraid to shake things up and do different things with them. It’s 2014 – in some ways this shouldn’t be a big deal. Yes, we’ve seen it in a couple places, such as the Sentinels of Liberty series and certainly the Truth miniseries, but there is something that is very appealing to me on a primary level that we get to live in a world where an African-American man is Captain America. And he’s not a secondary Captain America, or a substitute or a replacement – he is Cap. Really, as much as anything that’s why we went ahead and did this. There’s a whole audience out there whom this will speak to very strongly. There’s an audience there who could use us to say things more strongly, and to be as diverse and welcoming to all people as we can. This was about as close to a no-brainer as they come.
My god! Does anyone at Marvel have a brain left?! What's amazing is that these decisions being made, again, with no brains at all, are so reasonable. One would think, with the brain crisis that's apparently running rampant at Marvel, we would see decisions like replacing Captain America with a head of lettuce, or having a chicken design his new costume. Instead, despite no brains being involved in any of these decisions, we get a close friend and partner of Steve's in a costume designed by a fully qualified artist. So far, so good, but how long can Marvel keep this up? Will the lack of brains start to affect the quality of Marvel's output? Will DC Editor in Chief Bob Harras defect to Marvel since he'd fit in a lot better in the new, brainless environment?
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