Marvel Comics is celebrating the 80th anniversary of Captain America, played in the Marvel Cinematic Universe by Chris Evans, with a gay teen superhero.
The publishing company said in a press release that its newest hero, Aaron Fischer, is making his debut June 2. He’ll be featured in a new limited series titled The United States of Captain America.
The series will feature the original Captain America, Steve Rogers, teaming up with Captain Americas of the past – including Bucky Barnes, Sam Wilson and John Walker – travelling across America to find his stolen shield.
As they go on their road trip, they will discover “everyday people from all walks of life” who have taken up the mantle of Captain America to defend their communities.
The first issue, co-written by Joshua Trujillo with art by Jan Bazaldua, is honouring Pride Month with the debut of Aaron Fischer.
“Aaron is inspired by heroes of the queer community: activists, leaders, and everyday folks pushing for a better life,” according to Trujillo. “He stands for the oppressed, and the forgotten.”
Fischer, as designed by Bazaldua, has a mask similar to Captain America’s, and a white star printed on his overalls.
He also has multiple tattoos and piercings, and sports a mohawk haircut.
“I want to thank editor Alanna Smith and Joshua Trujillo very much for asking me to create Aaron,” Bazaldua said in a statement. “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.”
The artist also noted that, while Captain America “fights against super-powerful beings and saves the world almost always, Aaron helps those who walk alone in the street with problems that they face every day”.