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.