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Watch Stephen Colbert lose out on becoming the next Captain America

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