Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso appeared on MSNBC's News Nation With Tamron Hall earlier today in support of All-New Captain America #1, which sees Sam Wilson take on the role of Captain America.
Asked to address whether or not the character's race really matters, Alonso acknowledged that it might not with some characters, but Captain America is different.
"Obviously, Captain America is a unique superhero because he's dressed in red, white and blue -- he's dressed in the flag of our country, so he has to stand for something really singular and pure," Alonso said.
He explained that the decision started with series writer Rick Remender, who felt that the personality differences between Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers made it an interesting storyline to explore.
You can check out the interview below -- although beware: MSNBC reinforces a few tired stereotypes about comics, including the "I'd better hold onto this issue -- it'll be worth money!" joke and the reference that "it's amazing that even something like comics can be making a powerful social statement."
The issue is on the stands -- physical and digital -- today.
You can pick it up at your local comic shop, on the Marvel App or at Marvel.com.