Marvel's next Captain America could be black or a woman
Chris Evans had made his name synonymous with Marvel's Captain America. Therefore following the announcement of his exit, there has been much furor surrounding Captain America's future. Would they kill him off in 'Avengers 4'? Would someone else play the Captain's role? These questions seem to have found some answers in the recent news of Marvel looking for replacement actors. Read about it here.
Inside news on Marvel's casting choices
On Larry King's show, Frank Grillo, who plays antagonist Crossbones in Captain America's 'Winter Soldier' and 'Civil War', shared the big news. On being asked if he knew Evans' replacement, he replied that Marvel wanted to diversify future casting choices. Grillo said, "There have been rumors that Captain America could be African American. It could be a woman. You know? So they're looking".
Towing the line of Marvel's President
Grillo's comments are in line with what Marvel's President, Kevin Feige, had said in an interview. Feige believed that people from any background should be able to look at Marvel's films and see themselves reflected as well as be inspired by characters with different backgrounds from them. The global inclusiveness is something Feige strongly believes Marvel's films have already initiated.
Land of the free, home of the brave
Captain America first appeared in comics during World War II. Notably, the first issue's cover featured the star-spangled hero punching Adolf Hitler in the face. Since then, his character has personified American values, and by extension how America looks at itself. Unsurprisingly, it sees itself as a strong white male standing up to bullies. Naturally, Marvel's choice of casting Evans as Captain was perfect.
Political correctness is the need of the hour
Though the initial characterization and casting made sense, with America itself slipping towards extreme conservative values of hypermasculinity, racial, religious and nationalistic exclusivity, the need of the hour is for a new Captain America. Importantly, in comics, others have taken up the mantle of Captain America. We need a Captain America who personifies and represents the intersectional inclusiveness that America once prided itself in.