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Marvel introduces queer Captain America to celebrate 80th anniversary of icon

To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Captain America, Marvel has introduced its first LGBTQ+ hero in the form of Aaron Fischer – the first queer Cap.

A new series, titled The United States Of Captain America (catchy), will land in June with Aaron dubbed the ‘Captain America of the Railways’.

The series will see Steve Rogers – the current Cap in the Marvel Universe comics and played by Chris Evans in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – come together with other Caps, Bucky Barnes, Sam Wilson and John Walker, to find his stolen shield.

Enter Aaron stage right.

A press release announcing the exciting news described the new addition as a ‘fearless teen who stepped up to protect fellow runaways and the unhoused’.

The series, which will see a new Captain America introduced each issue, is penned by Christopher Cantwell with art by Dale Eaglesham, however a ‘diverse lineup of all-star talent’ is chipping in to bring the new Caps to life, with writer Joshua Trujillo and artist Jan Bazaldua stepping in to help create Aaron.

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Aaron is the newest Cap (Picture: Marvel)

In a press release, Trujillo said the new LGBTQ+ hero is inspired by the real-life ‘heroes of the queer community: activists, leaders and everyday folks pushing for a better life’.

Trujillo added: ‘He stands for the oppressed and the forgotten. I hope his debut story resonates with readers and helps inspire the next generation of heroes.’

Also reacting to the news on social media, they said: ‘I can’t wait for you to meet Aaron Fischer! Working with @obazaldua has been a dream, and I’m beyond honored to introduce him into the Marvel Universe.’

Bazaldua also said of the exciting announcement: ‘I want to thank editor Alanna Smith and Joshua Trujillo very much for asking me to create Aaron. I really enjoyed designing him, and as a transgender person, I am happy to be able to present an openly gay person who admires Captain America and fights against evil to help those who are almost invisible to society.

‘While I was drawing him, I thought, well, Cap fights against super-powerful beings and saves the world almost always, but Aaron helps those who walk alone in the street with problems that they face every day. I hope people like the end result!’

Marvel’s Alanna Smith wrote on social media amid the reveal: ‘Yes please! I would make comics about Aaron Fischer forever if I could, and fan support is the #1 thing that would help me increase our boy’s chances of sticking around. If you love Aaron and want to see more of him, please make some noise!’

The United States of Captain America #1 will be available June 2.

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