Captain America, the wildly popular superhero created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby nearly 70 years ago, will be brought back to life in the very short future, according to Marvel chief Joe Quesada. The character was gunned down outside of a courthouse nearly two years ago at the end of the Civil War story arc, causing rampant speculation in fan circles about who would take his place with The Punisher, Frank Castle, being touted at the time as a possible star-spangled saviour.
Speaking to the New York Daily News, Quesada said: “The original Captain America is finally coming back. We’ve been patiently planning for this moment for [two and a half] years.” Captain America’s real-world persona is Steve Rogers, an otherwise unremarkable soldier who was given a serum to turn him into a superhero. Rogers will return next month in a five-issue miniseries entitled ‘Captain America Reborn’.
The news is surely designed to tie in with the upcoming feature film starring the character, scheduled for release in 2011 and entitled The First Avenger: Captain America. Marvel is currently releasing a large amount of properties onto the silver screen, having seen success with Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, with films focusing on Thor, and The Avengers planned for the future as well as a sequel to Iron Man.