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Marvel Knights Group Editor Stuart Moore discusses plans for Captain America

By Arnold T. Blumberg     July 21, 2001
Source: Comic-Con International


Captain America faced Marvel Knights co-star the Punisher back in 1979
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He's been called the moral center of the Marvel Universe, a man with his feet firmly planted in two eras, and a leader who inspires loyalty in gods and monsters alike. Now Captain America is about to embark on one of his most thrilling adventures as he joins the more "mature" line of books under the Marvel Knights imprint.

At the San Diego Comic-Con, Group Editor Stuart Moore sat down for an exclusive chat with CINESCAPE and outlined plans for the Knighting of a real American hero.

"The trick with Captain America is not to screw around much with the character at all," says Moore. "He's one of the most, if not the most iconic character that Marvel has. He's different from [marginal DC parallel Superman] in that at base, he's a soldier, and there are moral compromises inherent in that, but you don't want to make Cap more flawed or weaker in any way. What you want to do is update the world around him and make it a little harsher, give him more modern problems to deal with."

For Moore, who was once responsible for shaping the DC Vertigo line, finding a way to bring a clean-cut hero like Cap into a darker dare we say "grittier" world was not a problem. Moore also decided to leave behind some of the "fish out of water" aspects of the character implied by his resurrection in the '60s following his experiences in World War II.

"We're trying to play him more as a timeless character than a man displaced. He's more of an embodiment of America through the ages. We don't want to play him as the stodgy old guy who doesn't understand rock and roll music. That's not America really."

One thing that won't change is Captain America's membership in the venerable super-team, the Avengers. Although the Knights line seemingly sits on the periphery of the Marvel Universe, at least stylistically, Cap will continue to serve as one of Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

"As I said, we're not screwing with the character himself, so there's no reason he can't continue to do that."

Stay tuned to CINESCAPE ONLINE for a more in-depth interview with Stuart Moore on the Marvel Knights line, MAX, and his other projects.

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