10:10am PT by Graeme McMillan
'Civil War II' Raises Captain Marvel's Profile Ahead of Her Movie Debut
When Civil War II erupts within Marvel's comic book universe, it'll bring one of the company's most high-profile characters up against a rising star, as Iron Man faces off against Marvel's leading lady, Captain Marvel.
Talking to the Washington Post, Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso said that, as with the original comic book Civil War, Tony Stark will be leading one of the groups of heroes in this second conflict, but his opposite number will be the relatively unknown Carol Danvers, making a case for the more authoritarian aspects of the Marvel Universe.
"There’s a reason that Carol is a part of the opposition forces. It not only speaks to her character, but her new role in the Marvel universe," Alonso explained, referring to Captain Marvel's place in the fictional realm and not her upcoming solo movie, scheduled for 2019. "She’s the leader of Alpha Flight, which is Earth’s first line of defense from all incursions. As of today, she is a very powerful authoritative figure in the Marvel universe."
And once fans have a chance to read Civil War II, a far more recognizable character, as well.
It helps that she's available; while at least one Captain America has shown up in promotional art for the summer comic book event, it's emerged that Steve Rogers will be returning to the guise of the Star Spangled Avenger in May, which might mean he's too tied up in a different storyline while Civil War II unfolds and unable to reprise his role as Iron Man's opposite number this time around.
Alonso told the Post that, although Civil War II is timed to appear around the release of the Captain America: Civil War movie, "this was not like [the first] Civil War or [recent event series] Secret Wars, where we planned for a couple of years … We’ve been planning this for maybe three or four months," he explained; it's not intended as a tie-in.
"The way we look at it, we’re telling a movie that may come out in 10, 15 or 20 years," he said. "We don’t feel that pressure [to match the movies]. We’re just having fun telling great stories."
Civil War II launches on Free Comic Book Day, May 7.