Marvel editor Tom Brevoort was nice enough to respond to a few of my questions about the new Captain America. Look for extended coverage of the New Cap in Friday’s Weekend Look.
Matt Price: When Captain America has been at his most relevant, he’s often reflected the United States of that era. Does the new Captain America reflect the current state of the union, and how?
Tom Brevoort: I could always just default to, “Because he carries a firearm now”, but I think there’s a lot more to it than that. For Steve Rogers, patriotism and idealism came naturally. He had this unshakable belief in the principles upon which our nation was founded, and tried to embody those principles as best he could. Bucky, though, is more conflicted. He’s been through some hard times, done some bad things, and isn’t entirely certain how he feels about the nation. For him, patriotism and idealism are a quest, which I think is very reflective of where we are as a nation at this moment. He’s not certain what he’s supposed to be doing, or how to go about it—he’s not sure how to stand for something larger than himself, and he’s a bti uneasy being placed in that situation. He just realizes that there’s this expectation, and this burden, in being Captain America. Whereas Steve’s inspiration was the country, Bucky’s inspiration is Steve.
MP: What was your reaction to finding out the plan for the former Bucky to take the mantle of Captain America?
TB: I was part of that decision-making process, so it came as no surprise to me. As we looked over all of the potential candidates to take up the mantle of Captain America going forward—everybody from the Falcon to Sharon Carter to Hawkeye to an entirely new character—placing the Winter Soldier in that role seemed to make more and more sense. He’s the person who’d take up the cause in order to safeguard Steve Rogers’ legacy, he’s got the history behind him to make him seem legitimate as Captain America, and he’s got his own demons to overcome, which would make him interesting to follow as he grappled with his new role.
MP: Generally speaking, what can fans look forward to in the coming issues of Captain America?
TB: The same kind of high-intensity action and sophisticated suspense that the series has become renowned for, but with a slightly different point of view at the helm. You’ll see the Red Skull’s master plan put into action, and the appearance of another figure who has a different viewpoint on the legacy of Captain America from that of Bucky.