If you've been paying attention to this website since the end of May, this won't surprise you much.
Joe Quesada took to The Colbert Report, as he has many times before, for another Captain America themed announcement. This time, Marvel Entertainment's Chief Creative Officer and former Editor-in-Chief came not to just give Stephen Colbert a replica of the Shield, but to announce who would be next to hold that shield in the pages of the comics.
Yes, as we've reported repeatedly , Sam Wilson, he who has been The Falcon, will take up the shield, the title, and the costume of Captain America.
"I don't have to tell you that the world is falling apart under Barack Obama's leadership," Colbert said. "We're losing one of our greatest leaders, Captain America. He won our hearts back in 1941 by punching Hitler in the face!
"Unfortunately, Cap's days of protecting America are numbered," the host said. He caught his viewers up on recent events in Captain America, which saw him lose the Super Soldier serum and age "65 years. Meaning his new super serum will be Ensure," he joked. "With Steve Rogers brought low there's a huge void in the Captaining of America. Who among us is prepared to step in?"
Naturally, his audience started cheering his name. "You'd have to be extremely patriotic, look decades younger than your actual age, and you'd have to own Captain America's actual shield," he said.
That's when Joe Quesada came out and joined the host. "Well you know, Steve Rogers saved the world again, but not without personal sacrifice," Quesada said. "Sam Wilson, his partner, the Falcon, is becoming the new Captain America," the CCO said.
After showing off the new look, he offered the role of Falcon to Stephen, and showed off a drawing of the host as the superhero by Kris Anka.
The news of the new Captain America, of course, follows the news of a new female character taking over as Thor, as announced on The View, making this two of Marvel's "big three" Avengers to get a drastic new identity announced on TV in one week.