President Captain America?

In the September issue of The Ultimates, Captain America, the lovable fighter for truth, justice, and the right to bear deadly throwing shields in public, was elected as President of the United States of America.

The concept is not a new one. The president of the United States has come up in comics before. Ronald Reagan was in a lot of DC comics during the 1980s, and Bill and Hillary Clinton were present at Superman’s funeral. Barack Obama also holds cameos in Marvel Comics, specifically noted for his appearance in several Spider-Man comics. Richard Nixon also plays a big role in Watchman.

However, what about the fictional characters in these comics that eventually become president? Lex Luthor famously got elected in several variations of the DC Universe, causing tense scenes between the U.S. Government and the Justice League. Number One, leader of The Secret Universe, fought a silent battle with Captain America while serving as the Commander-in-Chief. Even Kyle Richmond, the original Nighthawk from Marvel, served as president at one point.

But this is the first time Captain America has earned the Oval Office. Which is odd, when you think about it. I mean, it makes a lot of sense to have the man that symbolizes America serve as the nation’s leader. I’m surprised that it hasn’t happened sooner.

But maybe that’s because it should never have happened in the first place.

Let’s break this election down. On the surface, Captain America has been a great soldier and symbol for America. But this is the Ultimate Universe. Earth-1610. Several states have left the union, and everyone is inching closer and closer to nuclear war. Furthermore, Sentinels have been doing serious damage on top of all of this. It’s been a serious mess.

So who better to unite the nation that Captain America himself? There is a problem with this though. Steve Rogers is not a behind-the-desk leader, and neither are the Avengers. While serving as president, Captain America will probably still be fighting foes. How many presidents have served as a soldier on the battlefield while in office? None. Until now.

Some questions do pop up from a literary critique perspective though? Will this mean more female superheroes will be pushed back to the corner? What about new policies? Will President Cap just be a fighter, or will he have to look at how to correct policies? My big question is this: is he a President or a Shogun now?

We’ll have to wait and see, but as a stark DC guy, I’m excited to see how this progresses. I’m also pumped to see how Thor, Stark, and the rest of the Ultimate Avengers fit into this? Also, don’t forget S.H.I.E.L.D and Samuel L. Jackson Nick Fury’s role.

The Ultimate Spider-Man is Actually Pretty Good

So I’ve been trying recently to branch out into American comics. You may have noticed this. My most recent adventure has taken me into the animated world of Spider-Man.  Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man TV show is actually pretty awesome. The premise is this: Peter Parker has been Spider-Man for a while when he is approached by Nick Fury with a proposition: join up with S.H.I.E.L.D. and let them train Peter into the “ultimate” Spider-Man.  Peter accepts and is suddenly tossed onto a team with junior S.H.I.E.L.D. agents White Tiger, Nova, Power Man, and Iron Fist.  Hijinks ensue and Peter learns valuable lessons about superheroing, blah blah, you know the drill. Anyway, it’s a pretty fun show.

So first I gotta be upfront with you about the real reason I started watching this show. Yes, it was a good way to learn more about the Marvelverse, as Peter often breaks the fourth wall to explain a situation or introduce a character we may not know.  But really? I needed more Son of Coul in my life.  Yup, that’s right. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has had a lot of influence on this show, and one way that shows is in the presence of Agent Coulson as a supporting character.  Best of all, they even got Clark Gregg himself to do the voice acting! It’s just a small part in the background (Coulson is undercover as the principal at Peter’s high school) but it made me happy nonetheless.

The voice acting in general on this show is pretty great, with Drake Bell as Peter Parker, Tara Strong as Mary Jane, J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson, and Tom Kenny, Greg Cipes, Steve Blum, Travis Willingham (as Thor!), and even Mark Hamill as various other roles. (Stan Lee has a running cameo as the high school’s janitor.)

The animation is somewhat inspired by anime, with some chibi-fication and whatnot.  It also has a good mix of episoding plots versus an overarching storyline.

I’m enjoying it so far. (Although, to be fair, seeing as the internet seems to be full of this show’s haters, I’m relatively easy to please and have no basis for comparison.) I recommend you check it out, too!