Tag Archives: Nick Fury

Sam Wilson as Captain America

Why diversity among A-listers matters: the new Thor and Captain America

Much has been written about this by everyone else over the past week, but I guess I’m obligated to chime in as well. Marvel’s announced plans to replace Captain America and Thor. For Thor, a woman will be assuming the role of the Mighty One after Mjolnir (Thor’s hammer) rejects him as being “unworthy” of the role. For Captain America, Steve Rogers is forced to retire after his Super Soldier Serum’s somehow removed, causing him to age into an elderly man. Cap’s replacement: the Falcon¬†(aka…

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Minorities in cartoons: Nick Fury (Ultimate Marvel)

This week’s entry, just in time for the upcoming “Avengers” movie, is Nick Fury. That is, the Ultimate Marvel universe version of Nick Fury, not the long-running Marvel character in mainstream continuity. This version of Nick Fury was introduced in “Ultimate Marvel Team-Up” #5 in 2001, and was created by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Allred. Based on the mainstream Nick Fury, the main changes for the Ultimate version include being African-American and having a personality based on actor Samuel L. Jackson’s “tough guy” film…

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New Ultimate Marvel Spider-Man revealed to be biracial teen

No spoilers warning, since this story’s already all over every other website by now… Since its debut in 2000, I admit I haven’t paid a ton of attention to Marvel’s Ultimate line of books. Ultimate Marvel is an alternate universe (to the mainstream Marvel one) that’s meant to be easier to get into, with less history/continuity than the usual Marvel stuff. However, what stories (or story summaries) I’d seen felt too much like regular current superhero books to me, i.e. “grim and gritty”-fied versions of…

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