Marvel Comics has just announced that for the first time in the comic’s history, the superhero Captain America will be portrayed by an LGBTQ character.

Aaron Fischer is described as “the Captain America of the Railways—fearless teen who stepped up to protect fellow runaways and the unhoused. Marvel Comic is proud to honor Pride Month with the rise of this new LGBTQ+ hero.”

The limited series, The United States of Captain America, written by Christopher Cantwell with art by Dale Eaglesham, will follow “Steve Rogers teaming up with Captain Americas of the past—Bucky Barnes, Sam Wilson and John Walker – on a road trip across America to find his stolen shield. Throughout the group’s journey, they’ll discover everyday people from all walks of life who’ve taken up the mantle of Captain America to defend their communities.”

“Aaron is inspired by heroes of the queer community: activists, leaders and everyday folks pushing for a better life,” said Joshua Trujilo, writer of Aaron’s debut issue. “He stands for the oppressed and the forgotten. I hope his debut story resonates with readers and helps inspire the next generation of heroes.”

“I want to thank editor Alanna Smith and Joshua Trujilo very much for asking me to create Aaron,” added Jan Bazaldua, illustrator of the issue. “I really enjoyed designing him and as a transgender person, I am happy to be able to present an openly gay person who admires Captain America and fights against evil to help those who are almost invisible to society. While I was drawing him, I thought, well, Cap fights against super-powerful beings and saves the world almost always but Aaron helps those who walk alone in the street with problems that they face every day. I hope people like the end result.

The most famous live-action adaptation of Steve Rogers/Captain America was played by Chris Evans in various Marvel movies over the past decade. His shield is set to be apart of one of the main plotlines in Disney+’s new series, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, streaming Friday March 19.

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