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A new Thor, a new Cap and other Marvel-ous changes

Published: July 18, 2014, 12:12 pm, by Bill Radford

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It’s been a week of announcements from Marvel. An interesting tactic: Marvel surely got more media attention than it would have had it waited until next week’s San Diego Comic-Con, when there will be a crush of comic book news.

This week’s news was all about members of The Avengers. As announced on “The Colbert Report,” Sam “The Falcon” Wilson is becoming the new Captain America now that Steve Rogers has been drained of the super-soldier serum. There will be a new Thor – a female one. And Tony Stark heads off to San Francisco and “unleashes his dark side” in the upcoming “Superior Iron Man” (and has a new set of armor!).

Next year’s “Avengers: The Age of Ultron” will likely spell an end to those changes; Marvel presumably won’t want new fans to leave the movie theater and be confused when they head into their friendly neighborhood comic book store and  find a female Thor or an African-American Captain America. (Peter Parker reclaimed his body and the role of Spider-Man from Doc Ock just in time for “Spider-Man 2″ earlier this year.) But maybe Marvel will surprise me.

Speaking of “Age of Ultron,” check out Entertainment Weekly’s “exclusive first look and on-set report” in its latest issue. You can see EW’s report on how Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch fit into the movie here.