In  case you’ve been living under a rock (or, more honestly, haven’t been reading Marvel Comics for a while), you may have missed the news that Sam Wilson, long-time superhero known as The Falcon, has stepped up to the role of Captain America.  With Steve Rogers having lost his youthful vigor, somebody had to do it, but I’m bothered that no one felt the need to bring up another young hero to take on Sam’s role.  (The Young Avengers Patriot, Marvel Boy or Prodigy would have been fine choices, and the idea of America Chavez adding flying to her repertoire is an appealing one.). For my money, the legacies of characters like Falcon should be respected as much as flag-wearing heroes or bat-men, leading to today’s fine feathered query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) believes that we need The Falcon as much (or even more) than we need a Captain America, asking: Which Marvel hero should be given wings and allowed to fill Sam Wilson’s big, clawed boots?


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  1. Would it count if Squirrel Girl modified the costume and became Flying Squirrel Girl?

    Actually, what about any member of The Slingers? The group that took on costumes that Spider-Man temporarily used as disguises? I know at least one got killed and a few went on to other things, but with Secret Wars and wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey happenings going on, there could be some alternate version out there or the death(s) could have been undone. They already have experience taking on a role previously filled by someone else.

  2. Flying Squirrel Girl is a great idea!

    I’d lke to throw in my vote for Rick Jones. He’s already been a Bucky, and now that he’s been de-gamma’d by Doc Green, it’s time to fall back on his training by Cap.

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