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Before Brie Larson steps onto the screen as Captain Marvel in March 2019’s movie of the same name, the character will find herself repositioned within Marvel’s comic book mythology, with the publisher announcing a new comic book series, titled simply Captain Marvel.
“I think the character is incredibly important, maybe now more than ever,” writer Kelly Thompson told the New York Times. “You really want her to be accessible to new and younger audiences who are going to see the movie, fall in love and want to seek out other Captain Marvel stories. But you really want to respect the fans who have loved the character for decades. I think there’s a razor’s edge there.”
The new series arrives on the heels of the current Life of Captain Marvel miniseries, which redefines the character’s origin ahead of next March’s big-screen debut, and seeks to firmly place Captain Marvel at the center of Marvel’s comic book universe. “There will definitely be some romance and it may be someone we all know and have seen before in Marvel Comics,” Thompson teased, adding, “This first arc has some female guest stars in an unexpected way.”
This isn’t Thompson’s first time writing the character; she co-wrote Kelly Sue DeConnick’s final issues with the character, 2015’s Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps miniseries. (DeConnick was responsible for bringing Carol Danvers back to prominence, writing both the 2012 and 2014 Captain Marvel series that built much of the current fan base, and laid the way for next year’s movie.) Since then, Thompson has become an increasingly prominent talent at Marvel, with her current workload including West Coast Avengers, Mr. and Mrs. X and the upcoming Uncanny X-Men relaunch.
Carmen Carnero, who’ll be illustrating the title, has most recently been working on the critically acclaimed X-Men Red monthly title, and has a number of DC titles under her belt, including Detective Comics and Adventures of Supergirl.
The new Captain Marvel series will launch in comic book stores and digitally in January.
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