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If you’re an avid comic book fan news of a black  Captain America is practically unheard of!

The NY Daily News reports:

Captain America’s mantle will be taken over by his long-time ally, the Falcon, the high-flying African-American hero from Harlem, Marvel Comics announced late Wednesday.

“It’s about time,” says Marvel executive editor Tom Brevoort of the change. “In 2014, this should be a thing that we shrug off, it shouldn’t be seen as revolutionary, but it still feels exciting.”

The Falcon is played by Anthony Mackie in the Marvel movies.

Brevoort says the Falcon becomes the new Captain America at the behest of the original, Steve Rogers, who has been turned into a 90-year-old man in the most recent storyline, so fans don’t have to worry that the publisher is killing off its resident star-spangled hero again.

In 2007, Cap’s original sidekick, Bucky, took over when Rogers was seemingly killed.

The change will take place in the first issue of a new comic series, “All-New Captain America,” set to launch in November.

There’ll be plenty for his fellow Avengers to talk about at their headquarters: The announcement comes a day after Marvel took to “The View” to reveal that the new Thor would be a woman.

Kudos to the team over at Marvel for recognizing the need for change and having the courage to make such a drastic and bold move!

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