- Supersize me July 17
On Wednesday night's Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert lamented the upcoming end of Steve Rogers as Captain America, running through the complicated plot of how Rogers loses his super-solider serum and immediately ages 65 years. With Rogers out of the picture, Colbert noted, Marvel Comics needs a new Captain America, not-subtly hinting that he would be a great man for the job.
Marvel chief creative officer Joe Quesada came out and quickly dashed Colbert's hopes — the new Captain America is, of course, Sam Wilson, or the Falcon, Rogers' longtime ally. "Well, if there is one bird associated with America, it is the falcon," deadpanned a disappointed Colbert. There followed some banter about how Wilson is black and Quesada, like Colbert, "doesn't see color." Then Colbert noted that Marvel needs a new Falcon, and you can guess probably what happens next. --Peter Weber
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Watch out, China — America is working on dogfighting drones
- Why America won't have enough money to battle ISIS
- How liberals are unwittingly paving the way for the legalization of adult incest
- Why the Chinese military is only a paper dragon
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Libertarianism's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea
- The troubling persistence of eugenicist thought in modern America
- 10 things you need to know today: September 30, 2014
- How the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover revealed the worst of both shows
Subscribe to the Week