We know that Marvel Comics has been trying to diversify its stable of heroes for the last couple of years with the creation of Ms. Marvel Kamala Khan, Spider-Man Miles Morales, Jane Foster Thor, and, of course, Sam Wilson as Captain America. Given that Captain America’s shield is now being carried by an African-American character, it would be surprising if he didn’t decide to do things and carry himself differently than the original Cap, after all, America can be a very different country if your black instead of white. The new Captain America comic looks to be thinking along the same lines, but according to the greatest minds of Fox News, it just means that Captain America is now being anti-American.
Basically, it starts like this: in the recently released Captain America: Sam Wilson #1, Sam Wilson stops a group called the Sons of Serpent, a Minute Men-style militia group “guarding” the U.S./Mexico border but who are more comic book villain-like in their intentions, from harming Mexicans crossing the border the illegally. The incident prompts Sam to take a good, hard look at the world and his role as Captain America and how he might affect key issues of the day like police brutality and the creeping surveillance state. To Fox News though, it’s the rendering of the not-quite-so stereotypical Sons of Serpent that is troubling.
“So who is this Serpent? Is this Serpent an Islamic [extremist], an ISIS member bent on destroying Western civilization? No,” said Fox & Friends host Tucker Carlson. “The Serpent is an American who has misgivings about unlimited immigration and the costs associated with it. That, according to the comic book, is evil.”
Co-host Clayton Morris then lamented the good ole days when Captain America would punch Hitler in the face, even though Hitler hasn’t been around for a long time for Cap to punch. Still, it shows a basic misunderstanding by Fox & Friends on a couple of points. First, on the current affairs side, the quotes from the Sons of Serpent are almost verbatim from the mouths of any number of Republican Party politicians, up to and including the man who’s currently leading the polls to become their presidential nominee.
Second, Captain America has always been political. In the 1970s following the real life Watergate scandal, Steve Rogers shirked his Captain America identity and became Nomad after becoming disgusted with America’s politicians. And most recently, Captain America lead the anti-Registration superheroes in Civil War on the basis that the government was infringing on their right to conceal their identity. With Civil War II apparently being cued up, perhaps Marvel is beginning to get Sam Wilson warmed up to take on the government once again. Still, it’s hardly the end of the world. It’s just a comic.
If you’re at all interested, here’s Fox & Friends raging for the machine.
Source: The Mary Sue