Marvel Comics has unveiled its very first gay Captain America.
The character, named Aaron Fischer, will feature in The United States of Captain America – a new comic book series set for release on June 2.
Marvel released images of Fischer on Wednesday, touting him as the first openly queer character in Captain America’s 80-year history.
‘Marvel Comics is proud to honor Pride Month with the rise of this new LGBTQ+ hero,’ the company said in a statement.
The comic book series will revolve around Steve Rogers teaming up with Captain Americas of the past to head out across the United States on a road trip. Along the way, they’ll meet heroes from different walks of life – including Fischer.
Writer Joshua Trujillo has penned the debut issue in the new series which introduces Fischer.
‘Aaron is inspired by heroes of the queer community: activists, leaders and everyday folks pushing for a better life,’ Trujilo told The Hollywood Reporter.
‘He stands for the oppressed and the forgotten. I hope his debut story resonates with readers and helps inspire the next generation of heroes.’
Marvel Comics has unveiled its very first gay Captain America. The character, named Aaron Fischer, will feature in The United States of Captain America – a new comic book series set for release on June 2
Aaron Fischer is an activist who is ‘inspired by heroes of the queer community’. According to writer Joshua Trujillo, Fischer ‘stands for the oppressed and the forgotten’
Fischer was illustrated by Jan Bazaldua, who is a transgender artist.
‘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,’ Bazaldua stated.
‘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!’
A first look at Fischer shows the character sports a stylish hairstyle with closely-shaved sides, as well as an American flag tattoo on his right arm.
Fischer also has multiple piercings, including a bull piercing in his nose.
Comic book fans were thrilled by the announcement, with many taking to Twitter to share their excitement.
Writer Joshua Trujillo has penned the debut issue in the new series which introduces Fischer
Aaron is inspired by heroes of the queer community: activists, leaders and everyday folks pushing for a better life,’ Trujilo stated
Fischer was illustrated by Jan Bazaldua, who is a transgender artist (pictured)
‘I love this so much. DIY punk rock Captain sticking up for folks who get ignored by the rest of society. This is exactly what Captain America should be about,’ one enthused.
‘I am so excited! It is so cool to see a very different take on a queer character, and for them to be part of the Captain America legacy too!’ another stated.
Marvel has been diversifying its comic book characters in recent years.
Thor comics have already featured a trans female character named Sera who descends from a group of male angels, before going on to assume a female identity.
There are rumors the character will be included in the next Thor film with Marvel also making its films more inclusive
Last year, according to Geeks World Wide, Marvel also putting out a casting call for a trans woman to appear in the next Thor film, Love and Thunder.
The website reports that they ‘acquired information regarding a casting underway for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, under the code name ‘Jessica’… The role is for an upcoming Marvel Studios project that is filming sometime in 2020, Jessica’ is a role for a trans woman actress of any ethnicity in her 20s to 30s.’
In the Thor comic books, character Sera (pictured) is a trans woman who descends from a group of male angels, before going on to assume a female identity