Marvel Unveils First Gay Teen Captain America

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday March 17, 2021

Marvel Comics just unveiled their new, and first openly LGBTQ, Captain America, according to Hollywood Reporter.

Aaron Fischer, the first openly gay Captain America in the comic's 80-year history, is described as "the Captain America of the Railways — a fearless teen who stepped up to protect fellow runaways and the unhoused. Marvel Comics is proud to honor Pride Month with the rise of this new LGBTQ+ hero."

"The United States of Captain America," a limited series written by Christopher Cantwell and with art by Dale Eaglesham, follows "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."

Joshua Trujillo, who wrote the issue introducing Fischer, said, "Aaron is inspired by heroes of the queer community: activists, leaders and everyday folks pushing for a better life. He stands for the oppressed and the forgotten. I hope his debut story resonates with readers and helps inspire the next generation of heroes."

Jan Bazaldua, who drew the issue, said, "I want to thank Editor Alanna Smith and Joshua Trujillo very much for asking me to create Aaron. 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 remaining Captains in the series will be introduced later. "The United States of Captain America" will be released June 2.

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.