Guys. GUYS. As announced on The Colbert Report and predicted for a good while by keen-eyed Captain America readers, Sam Wilson, AKA The Falcon, is taking over the star-spangled mantle of his frequent partner, with this new look, [drawn] by Marvel artist (and classic Project: Rooftop contributor), Stuart Immonen. [Update: And designed by series artist Carlos Pacheco!] Following Anthony Mackie’s spectacular performance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, this certainly bodes well for both the future of the Marvel Universe AND the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
We first got a glimpse of this change in the above image by Jim Cheung, showing a glimpse into the future of the Marvel U. Needless to say, I’m in love with the redesign. It’s a pitch perfect amalgamation of Falcon and Captain America, heavy on the Cap, utilizing a modified version of the encircled star emblem of the Super Soldier uniform Cap’s Winter Soldier film costume was based upon, radiating Falcon-style winged lines conforming to Falcon’s white mask with red, circular googles. I was kind of hoping for red and white striped wings, but it’s just lovely, so consider next week’s Fan-Art Friday ANNOUNCED. I’ve got so many happy thoughts about this, I think I could fly right alongside this dude.
UPDATE: Entertainment Weekly posted this new image from Avengers NOW!, offering a better look at the new Cap and Thor costumes, the new Superior Iron Man, and some more hints at things to come:
UPDATE 2: Here’s the character redesign sketch by artist Carlos Pacheco!