Marvel has announced that Steve Rogers will once again be reclaiming the mantle of Captain America for an all-new series this summer. Titled Captain America: Steve Rogers, the series will see the Star-Spangled Avenger reclaiming his spot -- but leaving his shield to the current Captain America, Sam Wilson.
"Without spoiling too much of Standoff at this early date, something happens that restore Steve to full vigor, which will obviously greatly impact his own mission and his standing within the Marvel Universe," said series writer Nick Spencer. " The biggest part of that? He's Captain America once again."
Why here, and why now? Spencer has answers.
"The country is as divided as it’s ever been, and Steve is one of a kind; he’s a unifying figure, someone we can all look up to, [and] someone we can all put our faith in," said Spencer. "It’s no secret the Marvel Universe is about to enter a period of serious conflict with Civil War II looming on the horizon, and as such, it feels like the perfect moment to bring Steve back into fighting shape."
But that doesn't mean the tour-of-duty for the current Captain America, Sam Wilson, is over.
"It means we'll have two Captain Americas. When Steve handed the shield to Sam, it didn’t come with any caveats. It’s his. Steve respects and admires what his old partner is doing, and wants him to carry on," said Spencer. "There are enough problems out there, and enough bad guys, to keep both of them busy. They’ll have very different missions; Sam will continue fighting the battles no one else will go near, while Steve is faced with a resurgent threat from his past: Hydra is back, and stronger than ever."
Spencer will continue on the current Captain America: Sam Wilson series while also writing this new Captain America: Steve Rogers title. The writer will be joined on this new ongoing by former Swamp Thing artist Jesus Saiz, who is illustrating the kick-off to Avengers Stand-Off.
"For me, it’s great, because I get to tell two very different kinds of Captain America stories. If you’re liking what we’re doing in Captain America: Sam Wilson, with a more topical, of-the-moment take, we’ve got a lot more of that coming your way," the writer said. "But if you’re looking for that classic, timeless version, the one that’s steeped in the Greatest Generation with Cap fighting the face of true evil, now we’ve got that for you as well. I think they’ll complement each other nicely."
Although Rogers is taking up the mantle again, he's doing it with a different costume designed by Daniel Acuna -- and a new shield.
"Its shape is similar to the original shield Cap had back in the 1940’s, the pointy one, but this one has two main innovations: its tip can deploy an “energy blade” so Cap can cut into things, and the shield can be divided in two, so Steve can use both halves, one with each arm," said series artist Jesus Saiz. "Both modifications will help us see a completely different set of moves for Captain America, moves that we [have] never seen Steve use before, in terms of hand-to-hand combat."