Warning: MASSIVE SPOILERS for Captain Marvel #12
There was no way Captain Marvel turning evil was going to be taken lightly, or NOT prove controversial... but her debut has proven to be eve more shocking than expected. After promising to show Captain Marvel killing an Avenger, her latest issue accomplishes the task in truly horrifying fashion, guaranteed to have fans wondering how this fan-favorite death could even be possible.
When first announced, the idea of Captain Marvel turning evil with a new, black suit seemed like an effective twist, with a mission to "kill the Avengers" open to any number of interpretations. While Captain Marvel #12 skips over the actual reasons behind her turn to the dark side (for now), the final pages show neither Marvel, nor the comic's creative team are backing down. If fans ever wondered whether Captain Marvel or Thor was strongest, the latest issue leaves no doubt whatsoever. Now that Carol is unleashing her full power to wipe out Marvel's mightiest heroes, the God of Thunder is left without his hammer, Mjolnir... and without his head, too. SPOILERS incoming.
Anyone reading the current comic series from Kelly Thompson and Lee Garbett could understand why Captain Marvel should hate people. And after the events of the Civil War II series, there is no shortage of bad blood between Carol and Marvel's hero community. But Carol's rivalry with Thor is secondary at best. Which probably explains why he's as surprised as anyone that Captain Marvel wants to kill Thor first.
With the earlier teases and cover previews promising a fistfight to fuel the Captain Marvel vs. Thor debate, the issue itself pushes fans to ask why Carol is attacking a friend at all. Thor is never one to back down from a fight, but once he realizes it's Carol beneath her strange new black, masked costume, he also realizes he need not hold back. Despite her best efforts to finish this showdown before Thor could get his hand on Mjolnir, their fistfight flings them across the planet, and into orbit -- with Carol's narration emphasizing that this unexplained feud is "the only way." For what isn't clear just yet... but the same can't be said for how this fight is decided.
Recognizing there is no way to defeat Thor with his hammer in hand, Carol blasts it out of sight into space. As fans (and Thor) know, there is nowhere Mjolnir can go that it won't return if called... which makes it even more of a mystery when Thor discovers his hammer isn't returning, and asks Carol just what she's done. He doesn't get an answer, only a blast of Carol's full-powered, flaming cosmic energy. Rendered unconscious (or worse), Carol offers an apology for what has to be done. And when she's next seen delivering proof of her victory to the strange supervillain now pulling her strings... it's a sight that leaves little doubt about Thor's fate:
The head of Thor severed and held in Carol's hand casts serious doubt on the idea that her mission to kill the Avengers was an exaggeration. And even if this shocking murder is reversed, or revealed to be a deceptive n on her part, all bets are now off for what other fights and murders lie ahead for this dark new Captain Marvel. Only the finished story will explain how and why Carol has made this turn, but in the meantime readers can check out the full solicitations details and plot synopsis below:
- CAPTAIN MARVEL #12 (2019)
- Writer: Kelly Thompson
- Art by: Lee Garbett
- Cover by: Mark Brooks
- CAPTAIN MARVEL VERSUS THE AVENGERS! THE LAST AVENGER! Captain Marvel has fought off alien hordes. Rescued X-Men. Punched Thanos in the face. Literally saved the world. She now faces her greatest challenge: kill the Avengers. Has one of the world’s most powerful heroes gone dark? But why? And what does this mean for Carol... for the world? Life on Earth will never be the same. Kelly Thompson teams up with Eisner-nominated artist Lee Garbett for a brand-new arc -- and a bold new direction!
Captain Marvel #12 is available now at your local comic book shop, or direct from Marvel Comics.