Caterpillars turn to butterflies. Ice melts into water. All things must eventually return to their true state, and the same is true of Steve Rogers. Over the past few years, Rogers’ has been stripped of the Super Soldier Serum that made him Captain America, and the mantle has passed to his pal Sam Wilson while Rogers hangs out at the old people’s home, wearing comfy shoes and listening to Miles Davis. But the world needs a little more from Steve Rogers, and today Captain America writer Nick Spencer announced that he’ll be returning to the muscle-bound, shield-slinging, flag-saluting superhero known to all.
You can read the full interview over at Marvel.com, but here are the basics: Spencer and artist Jesus Saiz will bring Steve back in a new series titled Captain America: Steve Rogers. The full details are being kept under wraps at this point, but it looks like events taking place in Marvel’s upcoming crossover event Civil War II will be the catalyst for whipping Steve back into fighting shape.
Fortunately, Sam Wilson isn’t going to lose the mantle or his iconic shield, as Marvel vet Dan Acuna has designed some spectacular new duds for Rogers, and given him a brand spanking new shield that harkens back to the iconic 1940s look. So, Marvel is going to have two Captain Americas running around, but by my count, they have at least a hundred Spider-Men, so it’s not unheard of. As Spencer says:
For me, it’s great, because I get to tell two very different kinds of Captain America stories. If you’re liking what we’re doing in CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON, with a more topical, of-the-moment take, we’ve got a lot more of that coming your way; but if you’re looking for that classic, timeless version, the one that’s steeped in the Greatest Generation with Cap fighting the face of true evil, now we’ve got that for you as well. I think they’ll complement each other nicely.
Today marks the 75th Anniversary of Steve Rogers’ first turn as Captain America and, with Captain America: Civil War hitting theaters in March, it’s gonna be a big year for Rogers. Nice to have you back, Cap. The world needs you.