Marvel Comics has revealed the first look at a new Captain America who happens to be a gay teen.
The new character, Aaron Fischer, represents the first LGBTQ character to take on the role of Captain America in the comics’ 80 year history.
The character will be explored in a new series called The United States of Captain America where Steve Rogers, the current Captain America in the Marvel universe, team up with Captain Americas of the past – including Bucky Barnes, Sam Wilson and John Walker – on a road trip across the US to find his stolen shield. Along the way, Rogers will meet Aaron Fisher, the Captain America of the Railways.
The press release described Fisher as a “fearless teen who stepped up to protect fellow runaways and the unhoused”.
According to comic book writer Joshua Trujillo, the LGBTQ Captain America, is inspired by the real-life “heroes of the queer community: activists, leaders and everyday folks pushing for a better life”.
Each issue of the upcoming series will introduce a new Captain America, showing off the diversity of the US and the people who step up to become heroes. Fisher’s issue will be the first in the comic book series and will be released on June 2nd.
Marvel said the “rise of this new LGBTQ+ hero” is in honor of Pride month.