Marvel Kills Off Captain America

The publishers are being coy about whether someone else will wield the mighty shield, but insist that "This is the end of Steve Rogers, the meat and potatoes guy from 1941."

Marvel Comics has Captain America assassinated by a sniper in the latest issue, hitting the newsstands today. The publishers are being coy about whether someone else will wield the mighty shield, but insist that “This is the end of Steve Rogers, the meat and potatoes guy from 1941.”

We shall see. Rogers has been killed off, only to return years later from “suspended animation.” He’s hung up the cowl before, only to become Nomad and ultimately put the red-white-and-blues back on. He’s been replaced by a panoply of other guys in similar costumes. My guess is that, in the not-too-distant-future, Marvel will figure out another implausible way to bring him back.

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  1. He’ll be back, one way or another–especially since there is Captain American movie in the works…




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  2. Uncle Ben – Still the only character in the Marvel Universe to stay dead.




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  3. Tlaloc says:

    Uncle Ben – Still the only character in the Marvel Universe to stay dead.

    What about Jean grey?

    Bwahahahahahahahaha!




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  4. Anderson says:

    Uncle Ben alive would be a great comic! Spidey asks himself, what was it all for?

    (Along the lines of the Onion’s 1918 front page, “Austrian Archduke Found Alive — ‘How Fares Europe?’ He Asks.”)




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  5. floyd says:

    A positive image for an adult white male in America??
    He HAD to die!




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  6. McGehee says:

    He won’t come back. He’ll be replaced by Captain Global, who submits all of his proposed crimefighting actions for UN approval.




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  7. Rodney Dill says:

    … or replaced by Algorax who speaks for the trees




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  8. Jay Tea says:

    Actually, Uncle Ben Parker (kind of) came back recently in Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, leaving Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell) as the only…

    Um… how about Gwen Stacy? Nope, she came back as a clone.

    Captain Ned Stacy? I think he’s still safely planted…

    J.




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