Marvel to introduce an indigenous Captain America
The five-part The United States of Captain America will introduce an indigenous man, Joe Gomez of the Kickapoo Tribe, as the newest incarnation of Captain America. This comes off the heels of a black female version introduced last month.
Joe Gomez is created by Darcie Little Badger (geoscientist and Lipan Apache writer) and David Cutler (a Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation artist). The newest member of the Captain America ranks will make his debut in The United States of Captain America #3.
"Something I love about Joe is his day job. It represents everything he stands for as a hero,” Little Badger explained. "See, Joe Gomez is a construction worker, a builder in a world plagued by destruction. Every time a spaceship crashes into a bridge or a supervillain transforms a whole city block into rubble, people like Joe make things whole again. Work like that may seem thankless, but Joe genuinely enjoys helping his community survive and thrive. That's why he won't charge elders for home repair services (the Joe Gomez senior discount is 100%). That's also why he's willing to risk his life to save others. I know lots of people like Joe--many of them my Indigenous relatives--so it was wonderful to help develop a character with his values, strength, and extreme crane-operating skills."
"I can't really express the pride I feel being a part of the team that gets to introduce Joe to the world," Cutler said. "The Marvel Universe is the biggest stage there is, and bringing a new First Nations hero to that venue means more than I can say."