Oh, what insidious, nefarious racism! Marvel Comics is sneaking one by us, fanboys (and girls)! What on the surface appeared a credible effort to fix a minority character (not to say a minor character) in a prominent position at the head of Marvel’s superhero pantheon, the replacement of Steve Rogers as Captain America with his teammate Sam Wilson, formerly the Falcon (and a black dude) is instead a sneaky attempt at undermining the entire concepts of equality! It is as if Marvel is holding up Sam Wilson as if to say, “You think this man, with darker skin, is worthy of being a top-tier superhero? Think again! He is just an ANIMAL!” And then, to reinforce this point, writer Nick Spenser has turned Sam into a WEREWOLF! A literal beast! Because mainstream media cannot allow a main-eventer like Captain America to be anything other than WASPY perfection! The werewolf in this case is a perfect metaphor for outdated, racist stereotyping!
Yeah, you’ve probably figured out—at least I would hope so—that this article is facetiousness at its most deliberate and cheeky. The Captain America comic is a hoot, and Sam is doing the red, white and blue uniform proud, in spite of his current lycanthropic problem. Why, then, the sarcastic screed of the previous paragraph? Because it’s taken almost verbatim from a conversation I overheard recently at my local comic shop. Yes, friends, there are people who actually believe that nonsense. Sad, ain’t it?