I love legacy superheroes. I think it’s great when superhero-ing is the family business and it’s essentially a part of a family’s principles and values. Isaiah Bradley, Josiah X, and Patriot; T’Chaka, T’Challa, Shuri, and Kymera — these are heroes that took the family business and made it their own. Today’s focus in Black Superhero Month is on a legacy hero. Her name is Danielle Cage and she is the Captain America of the future.
*SPOILER*…though they’ve been together for 14 years now.
Jessica Jones and Luke Cage get married and have a baby (and not necessarily in that order). They named her Danielle “Dani” Cage after Luke’s teammate Danny Rand. In the year 20XX, on a day known as Zero Day, Thanos invaded the Earth and killed approximately half the superheroes that existed on Earth. The remaining heroes were able to stop Thanos afterwards, but by then the world had changed. The world was in need of a new Captain America and Dani took it upon herself to take up the mantle.
“See, my dad was an unbreakable man named Luke Cage. And my mom? Jessica Jones? She was even tougher. And I got their powers. So I don’t just throw the shield—I am the shield!”
Dani inherited the abilities of both her parents meaning that she has extremely dense skin allowing her to be highly resistant to physical injury, while having super-strength and the ability of flight.
As Captain America, Danielle joined the A.V.E.N.G.E.R.S Initiative working under the leadership of Madam Natalia Romanova. Many of the missions Danielle would participate in (willingly and unwillingly) would involve time travel. She’s been to both the future and the past and has worked with an assortment of superheroes. She’s a force to be reckoned with and she’s making her family proud with each mission.
Brandon Blackmon was born and raised in Clinton, NC. After high school, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; graduating with a bachelor’s in psychology. He attended Pfeiffer University where he received a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and is currently a licensed marriage and family therapist. Brandon is a proud blerd (Black nerd) and a firm advocate and believer that representation matters in all forms of media.