Ta-Nehisi Coates' Captain America Is a Timely Story About Steve Rogers and the Country We Live In

Captain America is not just a superhero or the Avengers’ on-again, off-again leader. He’s a symbol, both in Marvel’s comics and here in the real world, for all of the potential the US has to be an agent of justice and change in the larger world. io9 recently spoke with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates about the politics (or…

There's One Thing I Can Never Forgive Captain America: The Winter Soldier for

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a pretty good Captain America movie. It’s not my favorite Captain America movie—as I’ve written before, I have a resolute fondness for The First Avenger—but, overall, it’s a fun time and Chris Evans punches a lot of people in it. But four years on, I still can’t get over the…

Open Channel: What Did the Government Tell Captain America to Say to These Kids?

It’s Take Your Kids to Work Day, and even the US government has time to “edutaine” some tots. The Department of Defense brought Captain America to the podium for a press conference, where he came face-to-face with an intrepid group of young reporters. Time to theorize about what Steve Rogers is helping the government…

Wonderfully Illogical Star Trek Headphones, and More of the Most Fascinating Merchandise of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly roundup of the nifty little tchotchkes tempting our wallets lately. This week: Lego rides its chibi-style figurines all the way to the future, Hot Toys unleashes its take on a very beardy Captain America, and a weirdly cute Deadpool. Take a look!

This Video Shows Why Captain America and Winter Soldier Are the Hottest Ship in the (Marvel Cinematic) Universe

Avengers: Infinity War is just around the corner, so it’s time to talk about one of the most beloved ships in the MCU: Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes. In this latest (and possibly greatest) episode of Total Shipshow, Kotaku’s Gita Jackson talks about why “Stucky” is the best Friend Ship out there—and why all Steve…

The Weirdest Rumors About the Marvel Cinematic Universe That Never Came True

This month, years of meticulous movie planning will culminate in the release of Avengers: Infinity War, smashing together heroes from a decade’s worth of some of the biggest films on the planet. The road to Infinity War has been paved with a decade of reporting around it—some of it leading to some very bizarre rumors…

Captain America and Black Widow Have Been Through Some Shit Since Civil War

When audiences meet Captain America and Black Widow again in Avengers: Infinity War, they’ve changed. It’s not just that Cap has a beard, or that Widow has ditched her iconic red hair for blonde locks—it’s that since the Avengers disassembled they’ve been running their own covert missions, and it’s taken a toll on…

Captain Peggy Carter Is Finally Making the Leap From Video Games to Comics

Two years ago, as part of 75th anniversary celebrations for Captain America, a quintet of Marvel mobile games introduced special alt-reality Captains America. Most of them were fine, but the true standout was Marvel Puzzle Quest’s Captain Peggy Carter—and years after her video game debut, she’s finally getting a comic…

The Road to Captain America's Redemption Starts in the Most Cap-Worshipping Town in America

Steve Rogers has been through hell. Marvel’s Secret Empire event took the character to a dangerous place, one that spent the best part of a year muddying the public image of both one of comics’ most beloved heroes and his publisher. This week, the Steve we knew is back, but his new comic isn’t quite yet willing to…