Several Marvel characters have worn the Captain Marvel moniker on the pages of comics since the hero was introduced in the late 1960s. The most recent version relaunched in 2012 when Ms. Marvel, Carol Danvers, upgraded and assumed the Captain Marvel mantle. This run, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, delves into how Carol Danvers copes with becoming legendary.
President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, told fans that this summer they could expect casting and director news about the upcoming 2019 Captain Marvel film. However, rumors of Brie Larson in negotiations for the role have heated up since late May. We've even seen renditions of what she could potentially look like all suited up as Captain Marvel. Captain America himself (Chris Evans) has given Larson his nod of approval for the role. Now, Marvel is re-launching the Captain Marvel comic ahead of the film, likely in order to capitalize on the buzz and introduce Carol Danvers to a larger audience before 2019.
According to THR, Captain Marvel is getting a new series in early 2017 that picks up after the events of Civil War II and sees Carol Danvers as the biggest hero in the Marvel Universe. Margaret Stohl, the co-author behind the Beautiful Creatures young adult series - which was adapted into a film - will assume writing duties, with art by Ramon Rosanas (Astonishing Ant-Man). Stohl, a self proclaimed nerd who attended "Comic Con long before [she] came out as a YA author," is excited. When describing the series, she said:
“[Carol Danvers] will be one of the most popular heroes on the planet — but that’s not something she is very comfortable with. And of course she’s lost a lot of folks that she’s loved so she has to cope with that, too. That being said, she still has a job to do as commander of the Alpha Flight. Her latest mission being recruiting and training new cadets (which will give us some fun supporting cast members). It’ll also bring with it a mysterious danger that will threaten everything Carol has built.”
However, this isn't the first writing gig Stohl has had with the comics giant; she previously penned Black Widow: Forever Red as part of of Marvel publishing's foray into young adult novelizations tied to their characters. But, these aren't the author's only geek credits, Stohl previously lent her skills to the video game industry at Activision, where she wrote Fantastic Four and Spider-Man games.
The Captain Marvel relaunch comes on the heels of several other Marvel announcements about changes to the comics after the events of Civil War II. Most notable is the Invincible Iron Man relaunch that will see Riri Williams, a 15-year old black teenager with a "brilliant mind," taking over in the Iron Man suit, as well as the more recent Infamous Iron Man, which will see Doctor Doom take up the mantle. And new team series, The Champions, centers around Marvel's youngsters leaving The Avengers because they're fed up with what has transpired.
While neither of the latter two series have release dates yet, Captain Marvel is set to hit comic shops in Spring 2017.
Captain America: Civil War is in theaters now. Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016;Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017;Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019;Avengers: Infinity War Part 2– May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.