While details about the forthcoming "Captain Marvel" movie, due out in November 2018, are nothing more than rumors at this point, there is some news for the character's comic book. When "All-New, All Different Marvel," the new comic book universe forming out of the rubble of "Secret Wars," kicks off this fall, Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas, the showrunners of ABC's "Agent Carter," will be writing the rebooted "Captain Marvel" comic book series.
According to Fast Company, who first broke the news with exclusive preview images, the new "Captain Marvel" book, with art from Kris Anka, picks up eight months after the conclusion of "Secret Wars," Marvel's summer crossover event that saw the destruction of both the main Marvel universe and the Ultimate Marvel Universe. In this new status quo, Captain Marvel is stationed on a space station and is Earth's first line of defense against extraterrestrial threats. In the past, S.W.O.R.D. (Sentient World Observation and Response Department) has served this function, but Fast Company has confirmed that they will not be a part of the new Marvel Universe.
"One of the first things that happens when she comes to the station is they're going to come upon a ghost ship, what seems to be a ghost ship," Fazekas told Fast Company. "No crew, or a dead crew. What we'll find out over the first six issues is that it's not a coincidence that it's headed towards Earth and Captain Marvel."
Introduced in the 1960s, Carol Danvers is a figther pilot who, after the explosion of alien device gives her superpowers, becomes the superhero known as Ms. Marvel. The character's history has been troubling at times, but now, she's one of Marvel's best and most beloved characters (Her fans call themselves the Carol Corps). In 2012, as part of the Marvel NOW! campaign, Danvers Captain Marvel and was given her own book, which was written by Kelly Sue DeConnick. DeConnick announced recently that she was leaving the series to focus on a development deal that she and her husband Matt Fraction ("Hawkeye") have with Universal TV.
In 2018, the character will be the first female to lead a Marvel Studios movie. Although a director hasn't been announced yet, we do know that Nicole Perlman (co-writer of "Guardians of the Galaxy") and Meg LeFauve (co-writer of "Inside Out") will team up to write the script.
Butters and Fazekas told Fast Company that they aren't changing the character too much. For the most part, her characterization will be kept the same, but they, in partnership with Anka, are making some changes to the costume and have given her a new haircut. Anka decided to go with a shorter haircut because that makes more sense with the new aesthetic that emphasizes the military aspects of the character.
"It's been really fun playing in a world where you can do anything," Butters said about the duo's transition from the screen to comics. "In comics, there is no budget."
As was previously announced, there are other changes afoot in the "All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe." Miles Morales, who was the first black Spider-Man in alternate universe, is becoming the main Spider-Man of the new universe. The new Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan, is joining the Avengers. And, there will also be a new "Doctor Strange" series, which makes sense because Benedict Cumberbatch will play the character in a movie that arrives in theatres in 2016.