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Marvel announces black Captain America

The special announcement comes soon after the U.S. publisher revealed plans to make Norse hammer-swinging hero Thor a woman

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Comics publishing giant Marvel is set to introduce a black Captain America, in an aim for greater diversity in its big titles.

Chief creative officer Joe Quesada says superhero Sam “The Falcon” Wilson will take over as the patriotic Avenger in an upcoming installment of the long-running comic book series

The special announcement, made on late-night TV show The Colbert Report on Wednesday, comes soon after the U.S. publisher revealed plans to make Norse hammer-swinging hero Thor a woman.

Comic book fans had long-rumored the shift from Steve Rogers to his old ally Wilson, with the latter set to set to star in Rick Remender’s Captain America #25.

According to new concept art, Captain America’s new costume will be blended with elements from his Falcon outfit.

The character was recently portrayed by actor Anthony Mackie in the film "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."

Marvel executive editor Tom Brevoort says former Captain America Steve Rogers will be a mentor and strategic adviser to Wilson as he takes on the new role.