Treat yourself to this tricky lupine tale!

Every day this month, a new supernatural character or story from the Marvel Universe gets a spooky spotlight leading up to Halloween!

Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers have a lot in common.

Friends and comrades, they both fight for the rights and ideals of all people in their roles as super heroes. Both have worn the mantle of Captain America and slung the shield.

And both have been turned into wolf-men!

The original Capwolf story took place in CAPTAIN AMERICA #402#408 by writer Mark Gruenwald and artist Rik Levins, while Sam experienced something similar in CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #3#6.

Captain America (1968) #402

Captain America (1968) #402

  • Published: July 10, 1992
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: June 10, 2013
  • Cover Artist: Rik Levins
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The Wilson series began with more than a little turmoil for the new Cap as he took a stand on issues that his predecessor might’ve remained silent on. Having gone rogue from the supervision of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the U.S. government, Sam restarted the legendary Captain America hotline, which allowed citizens to contact him directly. Though the line largely got flooded with nonsense, Wilson did hear about some trouble with the Sons of the Serpent in Arizona.

When he looked into the matter, Cap discovered the Sons kidnapping immigrants and selling them to a mystery man in New York City. As the case unraveled, Sam discovered the anonymous buyer to be Dr. Karl Malus.

In CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #3, the Star-Spangled Avenger made his move, ambushing the Doctor at his secret lab. Wilson expected to arrest the criminal with relative ease, though, upon arrival, he encountered a symbiote-enhanced Malus, who knocked the hero unconscious. While in this state, the Doctor used Cap in another twisted experiment—and turned Sam Wilson into a half-wolf, half-man!

Captain America: Sam Wilson (2015) #3

Captain America: Sam Wilson (2015) #3

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Now a lupine beast, Sam escaped before teaming up with Misty Knight to confront the mad scientist once more. Though this time, Malus had gathered an army of human-animal hybrids to enter the fight on his behalf! Despite the challenge, Capwolf and Misty managed to subdue Dr. Malus before turning him over to the authorities. The villain got his due, but Cap remained in his doglike state.

The following issue, Wilson’s enhanced sense of smell, wolfish temper, and tendency to dine from trash cans proved difficult for the hero to contain—and often made life difficult given his already-rocky reputation with the public.

The condition continued for Cap over the next several issues, even as he came head-to-head with Steve’s old flame Diamondback and fought the newly formed Serpent Solutions. Eventually, however, Sam Wilson returned to his usual form—as Cap, no longer Capwolf.

Fright Fact

In another thread of this story, Dr. Malus wove the DNA of Sam’s avian companion Redwing into the body of a young man named Joaquin Torres. Torres emerged from the process as a bird man, though utilized his hybrid condition for good, taking on the Falcon mantle. Redwing’s innate healing ability, though, meant that—unlike Cap’s hybridity—Joaquin would never revert back to his initial form.

Redwing, Sam’s longtime partner in the skies, actually had another monstrous encounter in ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA #5. In that issue, Baron Blood bit the bird, seemingly killing him. This proved to be misleading, however, as in the next issue, Redwing emerged anew—as a vampire falcon!

Tomorrow, witness cosmic power go up against the demonry of Mephisto in the pages of SILVER SURFER!

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Steve Rogers' former sidekick saves reality in Secret Empire!


Each week, we use our super sleuth skills to dig into the histories of the characters fighting on both sides of Secret Empire!

In a way, it always had to come back down to the men who wielded the shield. SECRET EMPIRE kicked off when Steve Rogers revealed himself to be the head of Hydra, surprising everyone, but most of all his former partners Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes. Wilson gave up the Captain America mantle to focus on helping people get out of America while Bucky played dead until the time to strike seemed right.

With Rogers revealing his new Cosmic Cube-powered, yellow and green armor at the end of SECRET EMPIRE #9, the time seemed perfect. Rogers displayed exactly how powerful he’d become by not only defeating the assembled Avengers, but also wiping them from existence and completely re-writing history.

Wilson, Barnes and Ant-Man hung back, or maybe part of Rogers didn’t want to see them go. Wilson handed over the last Cube fragment as well as Rogers’ shield, but that all proved a ruse to get a shrunken Bucky inside the Cube with Kobik and her memory’s of the real Steve Rogers!

Rewinding a bit, you might wonder where exactly Bucky’s been during this whole event. Well, in the pages of THUNDERBOLTS, Baron Zemo appeared to have killed him, but in reality Kobik saved the man she considered a friend and protector. 

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Thunderbolts (2016) #1

  • Published: May 04, 2016
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 14, 2016
  • Writer: Jim Zub
  • Penciller: Jon Malin
  • Cover Artist: Jon Malin
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Playing to the advantage of his presumed death, Bucky made his way to Atlantis where he disguised himself as one of Namor’s advisors and eventually revealed himself to his fellow Invaders in SECRET EMPIRE: BRAVE NEW WORLD.

Back in the present, Bucky reached into Kobik’s consciousness and pulled his friend back into existence. He succeeded in saving his friend, where Rogers had failed with Bucky during World War II.

With the real Captain America standing in front of them for the first time in ages, Bucky and his friends simply watched as two sides of the same coin battled each other nearly to death.

In the end, Bucky’s faith in the goodness of his friend, Steve Rogers, proved the most important thing he, or any of his fellow heroes, could believe in. Thankfully, he and everyone else on the planet was rewarded for believing in a true hero.

The Empire Strikes Back

SECRET EMPIRE might officially be over with this tenth issue, but there’s still more to look forward to. As seen at the end of this story, Kobik sent the Legacy heroes through a Vanishing Point that will be more fully explored in the GENERATIONS one-shots. The aftermath will continue through some of the monthly titles, while SECRET EMPIRE: OMEGA will examine how, or if, Captain America can regain the trust of the people.

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It’s Sam Wilson versus Steve Rogers, who will be the last Captain America standing!?

Two Captain Americas enter the ring, but only one will leave with the title and shield. On August 9, CAPTAIN AMERICA #25 written by Nick Spencer with art by Jesus Saiz, brings Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers face to face, but who will end up down for the count?

You can’t deny that both Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers are some bad mama jamas, but which of them is the badest of all? A harder question than you might think. Right off the bat you’d probably say Steve Rogers, after all the man is a science experiment gone horribly right, but that might be jumping the gun. Sam just might have some tricks up his sleeve.

In a straight up brawl, sure, the edge goes to the original Cap, a genetically engineered super solider with enhanced human capabilities like speed, strength, agility, durability, healing and even mental processing. That will be hard for Sam to compete with in an unarmed match, even if he can evade Steve he will eventually wear out. However, if Sam has use of his equipment it might be a different story.

Both highly trained fighters, Sam’s lack of notable superpowers might actually be what give him an edge. Since his first appearance in CAPTAIN AMERICA #117 Sam has learned to fight at the same caliber as Steve Rogers and other big time superheroes without any powers of his own aside from his telepathic link with birds. This means that like Black Widow and Hawkeye, Sam has had to use his intelligence to learn to use every part of a situation, every piece of equipment and every part of an environment to his advantage. So where Steve has raw power, Sam has ingenuity and battle strategy.

Not to mention that Sam spent quite a while working alongside Steve as Falcon. That means he’s even more tuned into Steve’s fighting style and tactics, making it easier for him to anticipate his moves and prepare a counter strike. Now yes, Steve was there too, but whether or not her truly paid attention to Sam’s fighting tactics will be what helps or hurts him. And while both of them have spent time as an Avengers team leader making them capable of taking in another’s strengths and getting them to fight together in the most effective way possible, Sam’s need to keep up with his fellow heroes when starting out at a disadvantage is what makes him such an effective strategist.

At the end of the day it will likely come down to whether or not Sam can outsmart Steve before he gets worn out, a monumental task considering we know Steve is no strategy slouch himself. But who knows if this fight will truly be a one on one showdown, with Steve repping those Hydra colors heroes everywhere may ban together to take down the man they once called not just a leader, but a friend.

Find out who will walk away the true protector of the red, white and blue in CAPTAIN AMERICA #25 written by Nick Spencer with art by Jesus Siaz, on August 9.

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The former Cap makes a comeback and we look five other such revivals!

Sam Wilson takes up shield-slinging once more in CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #24, out July 26, and if history’s any guide, for better or worse, it’s gonna be one heckuva party.

Don’t believe us, True Believers? Check out these other cataclysmic comebacks throughout the Marvel Universe:

Avengers (1963) #4

Avengers (1963) #4

  • Published: March 10, 1964
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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The granddaddy of all riotous returns! The Avengers found World War II’s greatest champion frozen in ice and thawed him out to take his rightful place among their ranks. Does it get more epic than the original Captain America fighting alongside Earth’s Mightiest Heroes versus the Hulk and the Sub-Mariner? We think not!

Iron Man (1968) #200

Iron Man (1968) #200

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After a long bout with the bottle, Tony Stark drove out his demons to take up the role of Iron Man once more and take back his life. This being Stark, of course he created new armor and new gadgets for his big reappearance, but hey, he needed everything he could to stack the deck against one of his greatest personal enemies: Obadiah Stane, aka Iron Monger!

X-Factor (1986) #1

X-Factor (1986) #1

  • Published: February 10, 1986
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: October 29, 2008
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The original five X-Men, together again! When Jean Grey, the former Marvel Girl, returned to the land of the living, Cyclops, Iceman, Angel, and Beast knew it was destiny—or fate—that they’d get the band back together and take the act out on the road. Jean’s idea of a new team focused on a more pro-active role to protect mutants, but some new baddies called the X-Terminators insured the reunion wouldn’t be a happy one.

Incredible Hulk (1962) #372

Incredible Hulk (1962) #372

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Bruce Banner hit rock bottom with his life, his wife, and just about everything he held dear, but at least the old Hulk seemed to be gone forever. Well, a nasty piece of work named Prometheus kept hounding Banner to the point of panic, and when that occurred, the savage green giant we all know and love returned in full force—and yeah, it didn’t go too well for Prometheus!

Thor (1966) #457

Thor (1966) #457

  • Published: January 10, 1993
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 29, 2013
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Lo, the favorite son of Asgard returneth! Banished from the fabled realm for seemingly killing his half-brother Loki, Thor witnessed his replacement, Eric Masterson, struggle with the job until the point of collapse. Taking up the hammer once more, the mighty warrior blew away the dark clouds to show everybody just who brings the thunder!

Welcome back home the conquering hero in CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #24 by Nick Spencer and Joe Bennett!

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Steve Rogers’ best friend finds his place in a post-Hydra world!

Each week, we use our super sleuth skills to dig into the histories of the characters fighting on both sides of Secret Empire!

When Steve Rogers revealed his allegiance to Hydra, a wave of betrayal and sadness washed over the super hero community that he practically started during World War II. It crashed particularly hard on Sam Wilson. Back during writer Rick Remender’s run on CAPTAIN AMERICA, Steve passed the patriotic mantle to his longtime friend and ally. Since then, Sam’s been flying around, wielding the shield in an effort to keep the world safe, even with a seemingly endless mob of people calling for him to quit.

Even after Kobik returned Rogers’ youth and vitality—which we also know as the point where Red Skull had the living Cosmic Cube implant all of these Hydra memories—Sam continued wearing the red, white and blue—until his friend proved to be the biggest villain around. Conspicuously absent from the first few chapters, Sam finally appeared in the pages of SECRET EMPIRE #2 hanging out in a bar in Montana.

After Black Widow split off with her group that planned on taking Steve Rogers out, Iron Man, Ant-Man, and a few others left their secret base to try and collect the Cosmic Cube fragments so they could repair Rogers. As it turned out, Scott Lang knew that Sam could help them move around without getting caught.

Over in CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #22, Wilson explained that, after Cap revealed his true colors, the former social worker abandoned his costume and old life to spend some time out in the mountains to clear his head. Eventually, he headed back to civilization where he discovered that Hydra rolled in to take everything over. Just as he planned on going back into hiding, Sam stumbled into a gang of thugs harassing a woman and her Inhuman daughter and stepped in. When she asked, “If Captain America won’t help us…who will?” an idea started to form.

Sam called Misty Knight and Dennis Dunphy, otherwise known as D-Man, to help him figure out a way to sneak people like that woman and her daughter to safer locations. Soon, they’d set up a system that included a new take on the old Captain America hotline to get people out of the country, including Scott Lang’s daughter Cassie. When Ant-Man asked why Sam hadn’t tried to save Steve, the one-time Falcon said that if Tony Stark or Amadeus Cho couldn’t figure it out, what could he do? Instead, he decided to stay focused on this effort, which seemed to truly help people.

That, of course, set up the aforementioned SECRET EMPIRE #2 which itself continued on in the next issue with Wilson reluctantly leading Stark, Ant-Man, Mockingbird, Quicksilver, and Hercules into their next adventure in SECRET EMPIRE: UNDERGROUND.

The Empire Strikes Back

In an interesting twist of fate, Sam Wilson first met Captain America after The Red Skull switched bodies with him. The villain got the drop on Rogers in CAPTAIN AMERICA #114 and used the Cosmic Cube to take over the hero’s body in #115. By issue #117, Skull, still in Cap’s body, once again used the Cube, this time to teleport Steve from Avengers HQ to an island inhabited by his old cronies the Exiles who hated the villain for sending them there in the first place.

A young social worker by the name of Sam Wilson happened to also be there in an effort to help the locals. Realizing he’d been wearing a mask the whole time, Steve ditched the Red Skull visage and covered his face in clay so no one would recognize him. That’s how he looked when Steve Rogers first met Sam Wilson, who would become The Falcon later in that very issue. Given how things turned out, Sam’s got to wonder if maybe the Red Skull’s face proved more of a window into Steve’s soul than he ever thought!

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Sam Wilson tries to find balance as he wears the stars and stripes!

The client, Sam Wilson, has worked with this therapist on previous occasions including to work through emotions raised by the death of his nephew, Jim Wilson, from AIDS-related complications, short-term follow-up visits to process things like a history of criminal activities as a youth and attempts at mind control to assess for possible dissociation or delusions, and trauma stemming from being abducted and tortured by a white nationalist/white supremacist terrorist organization.

These all occurred when Wilson also identified himself as the costumed hero “Falcon.” Since then, the client has taken on the mantel of Captain America, initially to replace his friend and mentor Steve Rogers and then continuing on even after Rogers once again resumed activities as the Sentinel of Liberty.

This time, the client was visiting to discuss concerns he has about how he may have changed since taking on the mantel. For instance, he finds himself concerned that the need to represent the American Dream—and to follow in his predecessor’s footsteps—has blunted his more activist impulses. Having heard from and watched younger minority identified heroes like Rage or the new Falcon, he has spent time wondering if some of the criticisms may be valid.

These doubts coincide with a rising tide of criticism from right wing identifying organizations that are demanding he give up the role of Captain America because he is somehow unworthy of it. Wilson admits that he does not think that they are right and is inclined to believe that his skin color has far more to do with their criticisms than he is abilities. However, the anger they engender in him does concern him and he worries about controlling his temper in the field when it feels surrounded by criticism.

Overall, the client just wants to process strong feelings that he is working through at this time. Given the position he is occupying at the pressure therein—both internal and external—this is a healthy reaction and his decision to seek therapeutic support was praised and validated as such.

We began to explore the client’s sense of duty and the feeling of his need to be all things to all people. We discussed how perfect is the enemy of good and as a person he is bound to make mistakes, but that just because someone does not agree with what you’ve done does not necessarily make you wrong or mistaken.

The client seemed to respond well to this interaction and admitted he felt better as he left than when he had when he arrived.

Given the short-term nature of the work and the number of clients this writer is already carrying, the client will begin seeing Doctors Nick Spencer and Daniel Acuna on March 15. His note will be available for review in file CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #20.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist who knows he’d be the first in jail if they ever outlaw the expression “perfect is the enemy of good.”

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Catching up on the hero’s history in time for his appearance in CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON

On January 4, the youngest Avenger ever, Rage, will team up with the new Falcon in CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #17.

We know what you might be thinking. How can he be the youngest Avenger? He looks mid to late 20s at the youngest! True enough, but as with many things about Rage, one must dig deeper to learn the truth.

With that in mind, we walk you through Rage’s history to help you look past his code-name and his age.


One day, 13 year old Elvin Halliday finished basketball practice and headed home, as he had done most days that year. This day, however, before he could make it home, a seeming tragedy befell him. Exposed to toxic waste, Halliday became horribly ill, as one would expect. Sent to his grandmother’s to convalesce Halliday quickly showed, however, that his reaction to toxic waste could not be considered at all expected.

In place of a wasting disease that slowly robbed him of life, the teen became stronger and stronger, appearing to grow up before everyone’s very eyes. Before long, he looked like a full grown adult at the height of physical fitness and nothing like the 13 year old he truly was.


Fully recovered and officially calling himself Rage, Halliday announced himself to the world by banging on the door of Avengers Mansion and demanding he be made a member. When the Avengers—particularly Captain America– pushed back at what they viewed as arrogance and presumptuousness, Rage refused to be cowed.

Instead, he pointed out that their lack of diversity given their nearly complete absence of heroes of color and called on them to consider why that might be. Months later, the team came around and tapped Rage for membership.


Given his appearance, no one with the Avengers even considered to ask Rage his age and he seemed more than happy to leave them in the dark about it. For a time, this deception by omission went unchecked. Then Hate-Monger began to stir racial hatred in the population, forcing the New Warriors and Avengers to combined their efforts to repel the white supremacist.

While the teams proved successful, in the fight Rage’s true age became known. Feeling as if he had no choice, Cap demoted Rage to trainee.


Unfortunately, his separation from the team did not stop there. Aiding his friends in the New Warriors, Rage helped the teen team secure a Quinjet without approval. A less than good choice in the first place, things rapidly got worse when the villain team the Folding Circle stole the jet from the Warriors. In the resulting fallout, Rage ended up fully fired from the Avengers and taking a punch from Hercules. Halliday immediately joined the New Warriors full time in response.


In the New Warriors, Rage found an extended super hero family that made him feel included in a way the Avengers never did. Unfortunately, his time with the team quickly turned tragic. Over the years, Rage would see his grandmother killed in front of him, be accused of the murder of one of the members of the gang that murdered her, be fired from the team for not being available to help when teammate Namorita got abducted, and then be reinstated just to watch the team slowly drift apart until his mentor, friend, and surrogate brother Night Thrasher no choice but to officially disband the squad.


After a time of intermittent super hero acts, Rage joins with the Initiative in the wake of CIVIL WAR. Despite being a former Avenger and one of the most experienced recruits at the game, Rage finds himself the frequent target of abuse by their instructor Gauntlet for, amongst other things, his former membership in the New Warriors. Gauntlet never lets up and apparently had planned to drum Rage out of the camp and have Halliday stripped of his powers until a violent incident left Gauntlet in a coma, his attacker unknown.


Most recently, Rage demonstrated that although he has been a hero for some time now, he remains just as unable as ever to keep his mouth shut when it comes to heroes of color and people in need. This time Steve Rogers did not have to be the one getting the earful. Instead, Sam Wilson ended up on the receiving end of a Rage monologue. Disappointed in Wilson, in Halliday’s opinion, being overly concerned about his reputation and not concerned enough with the opportunity to do good he had been given, Rage called him on the carpet for it.

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The artist shows off his work as a pair of patriotic heroes dive in to post-Civil War II action!

Civil War II will surely end with a bang, but it also sets the stage for the next act in Sam Wilson’s life. On October 19, CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #14 by Nick Spencer and Paul Renaud will not only kick off the “Take Back the Shield” storyline, but also bring back the nation-hating Flag-Smasher and team Sam up with his one-time partner and fellow Captain America, Steve Rogers.

As anyone who’s read, well, anything over the past few months knows, this ain’t your granddad’s Cap. Spencer revealed over in CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS that The Red Skull completely rewrote the original Sentinel of Liberty’s reality so that he’d been a secret Hydra agent going way back to childhood.

However, this remain a big secret in the overall Marvel Universe. So it will come as a huge surprise to Sam when Spencer and Renaud reveal Steve’s plans for the former Falcon in CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #14. We talked with Renaud about returning to the series, bringing Flag-Smasher with him, and the big reveal that drives this story! You’re coming back to SAM WILSON in the wake of his involvement in Civil War II. From your perspective, has the event changed Sam?

Paul Renaud: I like how it made no difference in his life. I mean, no matter what his position is, how heroic he gets, how big his role in the Avengers is, he will still have to deal with a massive rejection from the “NOT MY CAP” people.

That being said, I love how Sam takes strong positions as an Avenger or in Civil War II. It shows he’s not afraid to be his own Captain America. If anything, I think [the event] strengthened his take as Cap and showed he’s not a second rate Steve. Speaking of Steve, I know from our last talk that you’re a big fan of drawing the character. He’s in this one as well, but he’s got a lot going on in his own book. Does that change how you approach him on the page?

Paul Renaud: It does change my approach knowing that Steve is secretly working for Hydra. Red Skull rewrote his life, and he’s totally sincere about those beliefs. The Hydra reveal was everywhere in the news and online, so my concern was to make sure new readers would understand immediately that Steve is still undercover and the Marvel Universe does not know he’s Hydra. He has to be extra charming and friendly so that one can understand that in a glimpse. Of course, he’d have to be particularly smooth, especially if you consider what he has in store for Sam—which is our big finale in this issue.

I’m an old Steve Rogers fan, old enough to have seen the character go through twists like that before in the grand Marvel tradition. I’m enjoying the ride, and can’t wait to see what Nick is coming up with. Flag-Smasher makes his reappearance in “Take Back the Shield.” Did you have a hand in redesigning his costume?

Paul Renaud: Yes, Nick asked me to redesign him and modernize him a bit. The game is to stay faithful enough to the original design to make him look recognizable, while realist enough for the new readers. I gave him a reinforced suit, and a whole military look to match with the terrible things you’ll see him do in that issue. In addition to the return of the classic Cap villain, what can you tell us about the challenges Sam faces in this story?

Paul Renaud: Sam and Steve have to deal with a hostage situation, and Sam [has] to rescue the law-and-order/anti-immigration senator Tom Herald that just made his life miserable for the few past issues.

I don’t think Sam has ever been into anything like that before, as we see Flag-Smasher and the Ultimatum soldiers going very dark. I was surprised to see how dark Nick went when writing this issue. I had to read certain parts twice just to be sure those things were really happening. I think Nick wrote a very powerful issue, and I can’t wait to read the consequences.

This is a very traumatic issue for Sam. We also reveal Steve’s plans concerning Sam. You’ve drawn SAM WILSON based on Nick Spencer scripts a few times before. Do you feel like you’ve gained a better understanding of the character through these collaborations?

Paul Renaud: I’ve drawn Sam as the Falcon when Rick Remender was writing [CAPTAIN AMERICA], and more recently with Nick on [this] series. It’s really great to be able to follow a character through such a big development.

I think what makes Sam a great Captain America is that he’s not entirely sold on the idea of being Captain America. He could do without. But he does know that it will help him, and spotlight his fight against inequalities, his fight for the little guy, for the forgotten ones. Once again, it’s a matter of responsibility, which is a strong theme for any good Marvel hero. While Bucky carried the shield mostly to honor the memory of his friend and mentor, Sam’s goal is very different. There’s no point in being Cap if he can’t use it for what he believes in. We’ve seen how that made him more enemies than friends, and I know this issue will have terrible consequences in his life.

Nick Spencer and Paul Renaud reveal Steve Rogers’ plans for his former partner in CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #14 on October 19!

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The all-new, all-different Cap gets his start!

Every day we celebrate Captain America’s 75th anniversary by looking deep into the Marvel Unlimited archives and going through some of Steve Rogers’ most thrilling adventures. Happy diamond anniversary Sentinel of Liberty!

As the reality-warping Secret Wars came to its epic conclusion, many wondered about Captain America’s status in the All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe. As it turned out, writer Nick Spencer had big plans for the whole franchise, but the first book out of the gate, CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON, clearly established the former Falcon as the patriotic hero.

Joined by artists like Daniel Acuña and Paul Renaud, Spencer reintroduces the winged warrior to the world by showing major differences his predecessor. While Steve Rogers refused to take part in most political discussions, Sam decides to get right in there and let his opinions be known to the world, which leads to some discord among the people he dedicates himself to protecting.

In the first four issues, Spencer puts Sam through the ringer by pitting him against Hydra goons, Crossbones, the Sons of the Serpent and even his former mentor, Steve Rogers. Wilson’s actions also lead to a severing of ties with S.H.I.E.L.D. as well as into the clutches of mad scientist and known Super-Soldier Serum devotee Dr. Karl Malus who turns our hero into the next generation of Cap Wolf!

Luckily for him, Sam’s partner and girlfriend Misty Knight comes to his rescue. The two of them head off to take on Malus, who harbors a pair of devious secrets. First, he’s got a small army of animal-human hybrids at his disposal; second, he now possesses symbiote-like abilities after being consumed by one in SUPERIOR CARNAGE #5.

Captain America: Sam Wilson (2015) #1

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Though Sam and Misty put down the villain and his hybrids, they come to discover that Malus used the vampiric Redwing to turn a young man named Joaquin Torres into a human-falcon combination who will not revert back to his original form. All of this leads to the reveal that the Serpent Society re-branded itself as a business called Serpent Solutions that plans on selling science derived from villains to various corporations as a way to make big bucks.

In an attempt to wrap his mind about what he’s up against, Sam meets up with former Serpent Society member turned hero and Steve Rogers’ one-time girlfriend Diamondback, a meeting that goes about as far away from planned as possible.

Though only the first four issues of CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON appear currently on Marvel Unlimited at this point, they offer not just a great look at the current state of the Star-Spangled Avenger, but also Spencer’s love for Cap’s long history as the series features more than a handful of familiar faces from the past 75 years!

Cap Declassified

Spencer’s first few issues of CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON tease the eventual events in Avengers: Standoff, including the creation of Kobik, a child with Cosmic Cube-derived abilities to turn super criminals into regular people. Word of the S.H.I.E.L.D. project gets leaked and talked about in these issues, but the true nature remains a mystery. This of course leads to the events in Pleasant Hill where Kobik eventually turns Steve Rogers back into a young man, but not without re-writing reality to the point where the Star-Spangled Avenger pledges his allegiance to Hydra as seen in the pages of Spencer and Jesus Saiz’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #1 and #2.

Next, witness the final days of the world’s most formidable super team in AVENGERS #400-402 by Mark Waid, Mike Wieringo, Mike Deodato Jr. and Tom Palmer.

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Sam Wilson faces off against the hordes of Hydra!

Every day we celebrate Captain America’s 75th anniversary by looking deep into the Marvel Unlimited archives and going through some of Steve Rogers’ most thrilling adventures. Happy diamond anniversary Sentinel of Liberty!

Rick Remender’s CAPTAIN AMERICA might have come to an end with the 25th issue, but he continues the adventures of Sam Wilson as Cap in ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA with artist Stuart Immonen!

Sam’s first full outing as Captain America surpasses Steve’s by a mile. The original Sentinel of Liberty stopped a pair of Nazi spies called Sando and Omar with some assistance from Bucky. Sam? He teams up with the new Nomad and Misty Knight to halt a Hydra plot to sterilize most of the world using the blood of a young Inhuman.

Oh, and did we mention that this version of Hydra boasts Baron Zemo as leader and the likes of Viper, Batroc, Sin, Taskmaster, Baron Blood, Crossbones, and a variety of other rogues among its members? Making matters even worse, Sam’s partner seemingly dies and the patriotic hero loses himself in Bagalia, a country fully run by villains. Luckily, Misty appears just in time to lend a hand in not just getting him to safety, but also filling him in on some of Hydra’s plans.

Though stretched to his limits and beat-up both physically and mentally by Sin, Sam Wilson proves to everyone that he’s worthy of the name Captain America by persevering, stopping the release of the virus and even trying to help Armadillo in the process.

All-New Captain America (2014) #1

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During their battle, Sin tries to convince Sam that her father created him as a way to get close to Steve Rogers and spy on him. She brings up the name Snap Wilson, a nickname that Sam went by back in L.A. where he prowled the streets as a hoodlum before meeting Captain America. However, during his encounter with Sin, Sam explains that that stereotype-filled identity actually came about as a result of the Red Skull trying to cast aspersions on the young hero.

However, the true test comes towards the end when Cap battles Zemo and stops two different sterilization plots in ways that only he could have accomplished. First he commands all the birds he can find to eat a huge swarm of fleas who have sucked the Inhuman’s tainted blood. From there he fights Baron Blood, dragging him into the atmosphere so he freezes instead of spilling even a drop of his also-tainted plasma.

In true Captain America fashion, Sam also learns that Misty Knight lied when she said she worked for S.H.I.E.L.D. when they first met in this story. That bit of intrigue continues to hover in the air as this series segues into the massive, reality-shaking Secret Wars event.

Cap Declassified

Sam Wilson’s ability to communicate with birds often raises questions. In CAPTAIN AMERICA #174, Professor Xavier notes that the power stems from Sam’s “paranormal mind” which may or may not indicate his status as a mutant. Later, in #186, during a battle with the Red Skull, the villain claims that he created the connection during a previous encounter thanks to the Cosmic Cube. This issue also features the Skull’s recounting of the Snap Wilson personality which we now know only existed in the madman’s mind!

Next, CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS 70TH ANNIVESARY SPECIAL celebrates seven decades of our hero with a story by James Robinson and Marcos Martin.

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