Captain Marvel fan-favorite writer Kelly Sue DeConnick may not be sticking around after Marvel’s Secret Wars ends, but the comic-book series will be in extremely capable hands come issue #1.
The new team taking over Captain Marvel includes Marvel’s Agent Carter showrunners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas, with Kris Anka pulling art duty. Now, that's what I call a great piece of news, since I thought Agent Carter was absolutely fa-bu-lous.
In an interview with Fast Company, Butters said about her new gig: "It's been really fun playing in a world where you can do anything. In comics, there is no budget."
The new series will take places eight months after the conclusion of Secret Wars, with some changes coming up. S.W.O.R.D. (Sentient World Observation and Response Department) — the military agency whose mission is to protect Earth from intergalactic threats — is no more in the Marvel Universe (the comic-book one), and Carol Danvers is stepping up to the plate in order to take over those same responsibilities. Editor Sana Amanat said:
"Carol is really meant to be a soldier and a commander, and also a diplomat. We're really trying to build up this space complex and this space world. You'll really feel like there's an extension of the Avengers world into space, but not necessarily lost out in the Guardians of the Galaxy cosmos. It's rooted in Earth but also an extension into the galaxy."
With a whole new mission comes a whole new look. Butters and Fazekas got together with Anka to create a new Captain Marvel character design; including a new haircut. Tara Butters explained:
"We've slightly modified her costume to kind of reflect her new status quo. There's been a lot of controversy about Carol Danvers' haircut. We really wanted to make sure it was consistent and streamlined. Last year I think a lot of people couldn't get her hairstyle—sometimes it was short, sometimes it was long—so we went in and designed exactly what she would look like. Kris really wanted to go shorter, because he felt it aligned with what her new look is all about."
"She's military," added Fazekas. "She's not going to have this huge mane of hair. It needs to be practical."
Besides the outward physical changes and her new mission, the character will remain the same ol’ Carol Danvers. "We're not so much changing anything as building on what already is there," Fazekas said. "I love that she's conflicted about things; she's so different than Captain America or other superheroes. Does she even want this?"
The new Captain Marvel #1 will hit comic-book stores in the fall.