Marvel Comics is going celebrate its 80th birthday and it is a reason to celebrate. In order to make it a huge event, they’re going to be doing a special series of comics in which the current Marvel comics universe collides with its future, 80 years from now in 2099.
This comic book event, called Marvel 2099, has already started with The Amazing Spider-Man #34 in which readers were introduced to Spider-Man 2099, otherwise known as Miguel O’Hara.
This issue also revealed that the future version of Captain America is a woman, which is just brilliant.
In 2099, Captain America is called Roberta Mendez and it had previously been suggested that this might not be 100% cannon, but this recent confirmation proves that it will be.
Here’s how editor Nick Rowe explained it in the official trailer for the Marvel 2099 event:
The story is huge! And like a Spider-Man story should be, also really small, and about Peter Parker and his life, and everything that’s going on. This isn’t an alternate timeline! This isn’t a What ‘If?’…! This is the future of the Marvel Universe!
Captain America is known as Roberta Mendez in Marvel Comics’ future
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This means that in the cannon Marvel universe, Mendez is Steve Rogers’ official replacement.
That said, this isn’t the first time that Captain America has been a woman. There is an alternative timeline in which Danielle Cage – who’s the daughter of Luke Cage and Jessica Jones in the comics – picked up the shield.
However, this alternate timeline isn’t considered to be 100% cannon in the Marvel Comics universe, but Mendez being Captain America is.
It remains to be seen whether they decide to do something similar in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
However, with Steve Rogers having handed over the shield to Falcon in Avengers: Endgame it might be a while before we get to see a female version of Cap in the MCU.
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