The iconic writer shares her story from fan to pro!

This March, we celebrate Women’s History Month by spotlighting some of the most iconic characters and creators from the Marvel Universe.

So far in celebrating Women’s History Month we’ve talked about characters and creators, but now we’re switching gears a bit and talking to one of the latter.

Marvel readers will remember Kelly Sue DeConnick as the writer who picked up the Carol Danvers baton and helped catapult the character to the top of the A-list with two volumes of CAPTAIN MARVEL. We sat down with Kelly Sue—who also penned AVENGERS ASSEMBLE, and CAPTAIN MARVEL & THE CAROL CORPS to talk about her earliest days reading comics, getting into the business, and the importance of honesty and kindness in life.

Marvel.com: Were you a comic fan as a kid? Who were the characters and creators who really spoke to you?

Kelly Sue DeConnick: Yes, I grew up on Air Force bases and comics were a huge part of base culture. I loved Wonder Woman, of course. And Vampirella, perhaps less obviously. I remember collecting all the [Detective Comics] issues with [the female villain] Nocturna—I guess my inner goth kid was finding her path.

The first creator I remember paying any attention to—the first time I looked to see who made a comic—it was Marv Wolfman and José Luis García-López on New Teen Titans. Those layouts. Man, oh man. I need to dig that stuff up. I remember an issue where the reflection in sunglasses was used as panel I think? I think the whole issue might have been flashback?

[Garcia-Lopez] did these incredible full-body shots of [the character Lilith] and she was beautiful and terrifying too. I really should see if I can figure out what that run was and re-buy it. Those are sort of what I think about when I think comics.

Marvel.com: What was it about the characters’ styles or personalities that you remember responding to?

Kelly Sue DeConnick: Wonder Woman—it’s not hard to find the appeal there, you know? Plus, it was the 70’s so I watched the Linda Carter show. And I was a nerdy kid, kind of obsessed with Greek mythology. And, I mean, Amazons. What’s not to love?

Marvel.com: Do you remember having a specific moment when you realized that comics were things that people made and that you wanted to do that too?

Kelly Sue DeConnick: I never decided to pursue comics. I know that sounds weird but it’s true. I’ve had so many interests and tried so many things in my life and I never really decided, “Oh this is the thing I want to do”—I just, sort of, followed where my interests were and then realized at some point I was no longer dabbling, I had a career.

Marvel.com: Among your other comic accomplishments you helped elevate Carol Danvers up to the A-list in a lot of peoples’ minds. What do you think it was about your take on the character that resonated so well with readers?

Kelly Sue DeConnick: Well, I was coming in on the heels of Carol’s character as she behaved in Civil War and even though I understood why she’d needed to play that role on the chess board of that story line, I didn’t think that character was somebody I could root for and throw in with for a solo title. She’d done some things that I felt were indefensible.

So I went back to some of her earlier stuff and tried to find her formative wound and build her character from there. I ended up going with the idea that Carol’s relationship with her father left her forever trying to prove that she was as good or better than her brothers. That she was worthy of backing, of believing in. Add that to the test pilot thing, and you get a little ego and a little swagger and someone who’s forever trying to push limits, to do more, to do better.

And I think that’s the thing the Carol Corps responds to: these are folk who fall down all the time, but who always wants to do more, to go farther. To fail better.

Marvel.com: From looking at how you and your fans interact on social media, it seems like you’re helping a lot of people get through hard parts of their lives. Was that something you ever imagined when you were working towards becoming a writer?

Kelly Sue DeConnick: I don’t know if that’s a thing I really do. I think that’s more credit than I deserve.

I think…I think I try to be honest and kind. Not sure you I should get a cookie for that, you know? I think that’s a reasonable standard for all of us to hold ourselves to.

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If you’re looking for some more of DeConnick’s work that lead up to her runs on CAPTAIN MARVEL and AVENGERS ASSEMBLE, Marvel Unlimited has a few fun reads to check out. In 2010 she penned a pair of one-shots, SIF and RESCUE, with art by Ryan Stegman and Andrea Mutti respectively, the latter focusing on Pepper Potts when she wore her own armor. She also joined forces with Emma Rios to chronicle the former head of H.A.M.M.E.R.’s post-Siege incarceration in the five issue OSBORN limited series.

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Charting Carol Danvers’ rise from U.S. Air Force to Avenger!

This March, we celebrate Women’s History Month by spotlighting some of the most iconic characters and creators from the Marvel Universe.

Even before she gained super powers, Carol Danvers earned huge points on the awesome-meter. She first debuted in 1968’s Roy Thomas-Gene Colan effort MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #13 as “the finest head of security a missile base could want.” That base just so happened to house a fallen Kree Sentry robot that had led to the original Captain Marvel’s first trip to Earth. In fact, Carol met the hero in his alternate identity as Dr. Lawson just before the machine got back up and started causing a ruckus.

That story lead directly into the CAPTAIN MARVEL series that same year by the same creative team and featured a building-smashing battle between Cap and the Sentry. In the process, Carol fell under some rubble, but dug herself out just in time for another attack.

Carol stuck around the book for a while, but eventually earned her own title in 1977 called MS. MARVEL. In the first issue by written Carla and Gerry Conway with art by John Buscema, Carol not only smashes up bad guys in her masked identity, but also perfectly handles J. Jonah Jameson who wanted to hire her to edit a magazine called “Woman.” She upped her own pay and even dictated terms about content, setting herself up well for the rest of the series.

But where did those amazing powers come from? An exploding Kree Psyche-Magnetron melded her DNA with that of Captain Marvel’s, transferring some of his abilities to her. Though she eventually lost those powers to Rogue for a time, they served Carol in her many identities ranging from Ms. Marvel and Binary to Warbird and, most appropriately, Captain Marvel.

In addition to serving with various Avengers teams, Carol has spent a lot of time with the X-Men too. She’s also been associated with the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Ultimates.

Fans have long responded to Carol’s brash attitude and confidence when it comes to acting as a super hero. She’s dealt with many issues over the years, including a bout with alcoholism that threatened her standing with the Avengers, but always dealt with them and moved on to build herself into a stronger version.

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One of Carol’s most interesting transformations came when she turned into Binary for the first time in UNCANNY X-MEN #164. Carol had joined the mutant team on a space mission. At this point, Rogue had already drained the former Ms. Marvel’s powers, so it surprised everyone when she seemingly burst into flame and seemed okay with it. That manifestation came as the result of a Brood attack that kicked her Kree genes into overdrive. At that point, she could draw power from a white hole. This lasted for a while until the Operation: Galactic Storm crossover where she lost contact with that source and reverted back to her usual powers.

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Margaret Stohl checks in on steering the story of Carol Danvers!

By Josh Weiss

Following the events of Civil War II, the Marvel Universe continues to reel from the fallout. Beloved heroes died, close friendships have seemingly broken forever, and one of the conflict’s key players has become an international celebrity.

That’s right, Carol Danvers—aka Captain Marvel—has, for better or worse, become a household name after her squabble with Iron Man over the future-telling abilities of the Inhuman known as Ulysses. But it’s not all bliss for a somewhat broken Carol.

Writer Margaret Stohl, talented author of the young adult novels “Beautiful Creatures” and “Icons,” chronicles Carol’s post-war trauma and drama in MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL, issue #3 of which hits March 22. With her writing experience in both the world of video games and best-selling publishing, Stohl stood out as the obvious choice for the job. We caught up with Margaret despite her busy schedule to chat about taking on her first-ever comic book series and the perils Captain Marvel now faces.

Marvel.com: We’re now three issues deep with your take on Captain Marvel, so first off, congrats! What’s the experience been like so far?

Margaret Stohl: Empowering. Carol is my hero in a time when not that many things feel heroic. I’ve just sent [editor] Sana [Amanat]—#FearlessEditor—the last script for my first series arc— issues zero to four—and it’s hugely fulfilling. Of course, Sana will send it back to me a thousand times now, but that’s why I love her: she cares about Carol as much as I do.

Marvel.com: This is your first foray into writing comics. Is the process of making a comic book wildly different from that of writing novels? Do you prefer one over the other?

Margaret Stohl: They’re very different gigs. I write comics out of love. It never feels like a job, which is funny, because it’s basically the biggest time suck in the world. It’s also kind of like being an ER surgeon—you’re always working against the clock and the patient is always bleeding to death on the table right in front of you. The minute you catch your breath, another patient rolls in the door—sometimes two at once. That said, it’s exhilarating and the adrenaline is incredible. I got my start writing games, and to me, comics has that same frenetic high-energy production pace. The stakes are still high—if you mess up, the Marvel fans will call you on it, every time—but I love that. I feel constantly exposed, but I sort of love that too.

Marvel.com: You’ve written for Marvel before with your Black Widow novels. Do you think there are any salient similarities between Carol and Natasha? Did any of those qualities carry over to this series?

Margaret Stohl: Carol and Natasha are both strong, powerful women at the top of their game who would rather kick your butt than have a heart-to-heart talk with you. I can sometimes relate. What I’ve carried over from Black Widow to Captain Marvel would be a deep respect for the characters and a willingness to celebrate their human flaws as well as their heroic attributes—and the nature of their hearts.

Mighty Captain Marvel #3 cover by Elizabeth Torque

Mighty Captain Marvel #3 cover by Elizabeth Torque

Marvel.com: In your opinion, how is post-Civil War II Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel different from other versions of her we’ve seen in the past?

Margaret Stohl: She’s got a serious side, an edge. She’s a little more openly broken. She misses Tony’s and Kamala’s friendship, and Rhodey’s companionship. She feels terribly for Bruce. In general, Carol is processing a whole lot of fallout. She followed her conscience and stood up for what she thought was right, and now she knows she has to take the heat for it. And she will, because Carol’s Air Force, and she knows the thing about heat is, you take it.

Marvel.com: Now that she isn’t squaring off with Tony Stark over the fate of the future anymore, are you able to let slip what kind of enemies and villains Carol and Alpha Flight will be fighting?

Margaret Stohl: In this first arc, she’s been squaring off against a mysterious, shape-shifting alien bounty hunter. As we progress, her enemies will multiply and develop into more than she’s expecting. Before she gets through the next two arcs, she’ll be taking a hard look at her fundamental identity as a part Kree, part human hybrid.

Marvel.com: Are the threats all physical ones?

Margaret Stohl: Great question. No, I think part of being a super hero is always fighting your own bad self—self-doubt, responsibility, isolation, alienation—and Carol is certainly no different.

Marvel.com: Some of the central themes in your books deal with mysteries and the onus of being an outsider. Will Carol be experiencing either or both while she’s in your hands?

Margaret Stohl: Another great Q. All heroes are outsiders, just like all villains. Carol’s never accepted her family’s or the world’s definition of what she could be; as a girl, then a woman, then a soldier, then even as a hero. She’ll be working that out for the rest of her life—as we all are.

Marvel.com: Carol is now dealing with her newfound celebrity in this run and in the real world with the announcement of Brie Larson taking up the mantle for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What’s it like being at the center of all the Danvers buzz at the moment?

Margaret Stohl: I love it, and I love Brie. We’re lucky to have her. Strong, smart women for the win!

Soar to the stars on March 22 with MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL #3 by Margaret Stohl and Ramon Rosanas!

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Carol Danvers gets a powerful update to start the new year!

Have you been waiting for another Carol Danvers to take into battle? Well wait no longer gang!

D3 Go! and “Marvel Puzzle Quest” ring in the new year with a 4-Star, high-flying, cosmically-powered Captain Marvel ready and raring to clean bad guy clocks. We talked to D3 Go! Producer Josh Austin about the blonde bomber and everything she brings to the game.

Marvel.com: Another year gone, but another year of incredible “Puzzle Quest” action no doubt in front of us. Can you give us a little taste of what’s to come?

Josh Austin: Happy New Year! We are busy working on a few features in 2017, including one that should be coming very soon that will improve the overall player experience and hopefully makes everyone very happy. We’ve gotten some really good feedback in our recent in-game survey and we hope to get started on some fun new events in 2017 based on the info we have received.

We are also working on our process to [ensure] more general testing is getting done and we also want to facilitate more community requests. Sorry we can’t be too specific until we lock something down, but players will have plenty to be happy about this year and we have more great characters coming soon!

Marvel.com: And we have a new 4-Star character coming down the pipeline. A new Captain Marvel right?

Josh Austin: Yes, Carol Danvers is coming to “Marvel Puzzle Quest” as our newest 4-Star character. We have a modern and an older variation already released, [but] this new Carol Danvers design focuses on the recently released variation with her newer short hair look.

Marvel.com: How is she different than her 2/3-Star versions? What did the team want to focus on for Carol this time?

Josh Austin: Where the other two Captain Marvels have two attack powers and one strategic or reactionary power, this new Carol Danvers is more about taking charge, rallying her team, and causing more tile manipulation [than] straight up damage with some board affects. So she is more of a support character that creates specials tiles to do damage against the enemy team.

Marvel.com: And let’s talk a little about her abilities?

Josh Austin: Following the theme of Carol’s appointment to Commander of the Alpha Flight Space Station, Captain Marvel (Carol Danver)’s first ability is a new variation of Photonic Barrage. For 8 Black AP she strategically fires off Photonic Blasts at her enemies while soaring around the battlefield. This power converts a chosen Black tile into a 5-turn Countdown tile that creates a Strike tile every turn and deals damage when it expires.

Her second power is called Executive Decision where Carol is taking charge and rallying her team to get things done. For 5 Yellow AP the player can reduce a chosen friendly Countdown tile to 0. There is also a Passive that triggers for this power every time a friendly Countdown tile expires, that improves a random friendly tile by increasing its base amount.

Her last ability is called Energy Manipulation and it’s a Green Passive, which means no AP is needed. This power is similar to Captain Marvel (Modern)’s damage absorption ability, powering up her own abilities, gaining 2 AP every time the enemy matches their strongest color. If the enemy’s strongest color matches the player’s strongest color she deals damage to the enemy team when the opponent matches their strongest color tiles.

Marvel.com: Who does she fight best beside? With all this Civil War stuff going on right now, how does she match with Tony Stark?

Josh Austin: If you are unable to find an Iron Man version to fight with, we are working on one that may actually work well with her in future that we can’t reveal yet. In all seriousness, with all the tile and board manipulation she’s really great when she is matched up with Tony’s friend War Machine, especially since she was designed to synergize well with him!

Since War Machine creates multiple Countdown tiles, they can play off each other’s powers to create a very reliable and simple strategy to utilize Countdown tiles. Pair them up with Medusa who relies on/creates special tiles and you have a solid team! She also works well with Green Goblin to immediately retrieve his glider, Scarlet Witch’s Arcane Incantation to gather Purple AP to make quick matches using the Purple tiles, or Hulk (Bruce Banner)’s The Other Guy tile can also be manipulated to launch as soon as the Countdown tile appears on the board to get him to transform faster.

Marvel.com: Sounds like players are going to have some pretty awesome teams to play around with. Is there anything else we need to know about the new Captain Marvel?

Josh Austin: Carol will be available and featured in Deadpool vs. MPQ on January 5, in the Vault Story Event happening on January 8, and the Versus Event called Flight and Fight starting on January 12.

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Puzzle Quest” news and interviews!

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Tracking the major alterations the mega event has made to the Marvel Universe!

You didn’t need to be Ulysses to see that Civil War II would change the face of the Marvel Universe. And with only a matter of weeks before the final issue of CIVIL WAR II sees the light of day on December 28, we look back on some of the most shocking game-changers from the first seven issues of the series.

It’s War (Again)!
Last December, Marvel announced a second super hero civil war 10 years after the first one, which rocked the Marvel Universe for years to follow. It only makes sense then that this moment provides us with our first game-changer. As [series editor] Tom Breevort said at the time “neither [side] being painted as absolutely right or absolutely wrong” might force readers out of their traditional camps to consider other viewpoints.

If we know anything from the initial Civil War, scars ran deep and no doubt, the heroes and fans alike will feel after effects from this family feud for years to come.

War Machine: Out of Order
When the Avengers set an ambush to bring in Thanos, thanks to the use of Ulysses’ precognitive powers, few expected the cost to include War Machine’s death. This event lit the fire that became Civil War II with Tony Stark seeking to prevent similar tragedies from occurring while Carol Danvers still believed in restricting criminals, such as Thanos, of their freedom to act.

Hulk DOWN!
With War Machine dead and She-Hulk in critical condition, the Avengers soon faced yet another staggering loss with the death of one of its founding members: The Incredible Hulk. Recognizing his capacity for destruction, Bruce Banner created a failsafe to prevent further Hulk-fueled havoc that would result in his death. Only fans had no idea just what that “failsafe” would look like…

BULLSEYE! Give the Man 20 Years to Life!
Few would accuse Hawkeye of fitting the same super hero mold as Captain America or Spider-Man, but as Bruce Banner understood, sometimes being heroic means doing the things no one else will do. Given how often Clint Barton received the call for those kinds of missions on behalf of S.H.I.E.L.D., it should have come as no surprise when readers discovered him as Banner’s failsafe, as he killed his longtime friend and fellow Avenger to halt another Hulk incident.

Civil War II #8 cover by Marko Djurdjevic

Civil War II #8 cover by Marko Djurdjevic

Tony Stark Goes Black Ops
Although many readers no doubt questioned Carol Danvers’ use of precognitive policing, Tony Stark crossed a line of his own when he not only kidnapped Ulysses from the Inhumans’ compound but also tortured the young man and conducted non-consensual tests on him. Although Tony used this information to discover Ulysses’ powers were fallible and based only on probability, it failed to convince Captain Marvel to stand down. Further, it failed to convince many readers of Tony’s moral high ground.

Let’s Get Ready to Ruuummmbbbllleee!!!
By the fourth and fifth issues of CIVIL WAR II, the super hero fight began, and for fans of fantasy battles, the major teams found themselves duking it out for all to see. Of course, some heroes seemed to take some real pleasure in finally getting to lay the smack down on each other. Once the dust settles from this drawn-out slobber knocker, however, the question remains of how—or if—they will ever stand side-by-side again?

Did Carol Just Do What We Think She Did …
At the end of CIVIL WAR II #7, we see Iron Man confronting Captain Marvel on the steps of the Capitol in a suit that looks like a super-sized version of War Machine’s armor. This time, Carol plays the role of Thanos as she delivers a shot so powerful that, once again, we see another War Machine fall…

Get the big finish in CIVIL WAR II #8, available December 28 from Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez!

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Margaret Stohl helps Carol Danvers deal with celebrity and assorted other challenges as the Marvel Universe's top hero!

She’s a member of the U.S. Air Force. She’s fought alongside some of the biggest super hero groups in the Marvel Universe. She’s worked for the CIA. She’s been to the depths of outer space and back. She’s made history. But, nothing can prepare Carol Danvers for her next adventure—and celebrity status.

That’s right, come December 21 Carol strikes out on her own in MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL #0, written by Margaret Stohl with art by Ramon Rosanas.

All eyes fix on Captain Marvel as she tries to get a grip on her newfound role as Marvel’s most popular super hero spinning out of Civil War II while protecting everything she’s built from the forces trying to take it—and her—down. We caught up with Stohl to find out how Carol handles herself, what to expect in the bold new take on Earth’s mightiest hero, and more! 

Marvel.com: Carol Danvers has grown immensely in popularity since taking on her role as Captain Marvel. As a writer, what were a few key aspects of her history that you wanted to focus on in MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL?

Margaret Stohl: I think the focus is more on transitioning Carol out of the trenches of Civil War II and into 2017, where she can really focus on the future. My editor Sana Amanat and I were careful to open up Carol’s story for an even wider audience, so that new readers can jump on with issue #0 or #1 and pick up the main points about where Carol comes from and who she is, both within the Marvel Universe and as her own woman—and hero.

Marvel.com: Aside from strength, what do you believe makes someone mighty?

Margaret Stohl: Heavy is the head that wears the crown, right? [CIVIL WAR II writer] Brian Bendis likes to bring up that Shakespeare line and it’s especially true with Carol. She’s sacrificed everything—love, friendship, even her private life, especially given her newfound celebrity status—to do what she thinks is right for the planet and that’s not an easy burden to carry. As a woman in the Air Force and at NASA, Carol has had to fight for everything she’s ever gotten, so it’s only natural that as a hero she’s all about fighting for other vulnerable populations. She’s mighty because of the strength of her heart, not her muscles. Not just her muscles!

Marvel.com: How is Carol handling that celebrity status?

Margaret Stohl: It’s actually turned out to be hilarious watching Carol try to maneuver her way through that world. She’s willing to do what she has to do for Alpha Flight and for the overall perception of the world’s heroes, but she’s really not a fan of fandoms. Unless they bake things. Chocolate chip pumpkin bread is always well received…

Marvel.com: Also working on this series is artist Ramon Rosanas. How does his artistic style bring this new era of Carol Danvers to life?

Margaret Stohl: I almost cried when I got to see “my” Carol for this first time—really, our Carol. Ramon has incredibly clean lines that work really well for Alpha Flight and space. He’s also really character driven, which is pretty much all I care about. The humor and the heart. I’m so lucky to have him on our team. When Sana Amanat first mentioned him I was ecstatic. Carol is such a strong character and strong women can so easily be pushed into the terrain of the unlikeable; she really can’t tell her story unless we get her exactly right. The Carol who kicks ass, the Carol who is emotionally vulnerable, the Carol who cracks a joke—they’re all in there somewhere, all the time, and I think Ramon really gets that.

Marvel.com: Without giving anything away, what are you most looking forward to in the new MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL series?

Margaret Stohl: There are some really funny upcoming storylines tied to Carol’s newfound celebrity status, and I’m having so much fun writing them. I can’t wait to be able to talk about them! I’m also looking forward to the new characters we will be bringing in over the course of the year—especially some teen characters. I think Alpha Flight gives us a great opportunity to tell stories that relate to Carol’s Kree side as well as her human side and I’m looking forward to doing both.

Pick up MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL #0 on December 21 and stay tuned to Marvel.com and our social channels for all the latest news on Marvel NOW!

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Mark Paniccia and Cullen Bunn join the program!

Today, Thursday, October 27, at 3PM ET, tune in here and join Marvel’s Senior Editor, Mark Paniccia, and writer Cullen Bunn (UNCANNY X-MEN, DRAX, DEADPOOL: BACK IN BLACK) as they join host Walter Hickey and Entertainment Weekly writer Christian Holub to discuss the fallout of Marvel’s CIVIL WAR II #6.

Sides have been drawn, battles have been fought, but it all comes down to this. Captain Marvel versus Iron Man over the future of the Marvel Universe, one of the biggest battles in Marvel history! 

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  • Every episode follows the release of the most recent issue of Marvel’s CIVIL WAR II, and will pair Marvel representatives with some of today’s top thought leaders in the fields of entertainment, technology, and politics about how Civil War II and the Marvel Universe is shaped by the continuous conversations and narrative of the world around us.
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  • In its sixth installment, the first couple of episodes of“Marvel’s Civil War II Livestream” brought together writer Brian Michael Bendis (CIVIL WAR II, INVINCIBLE IRON MANSPIDER-MAN), Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, Marvel’s Editor in Chief Axel Alonso, Marvel’s Director of Content Development Sana Amanat, and more as they discussed the current state of the Marvel Universe and how it sets the stage for what is to come in Civil War II.
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G. Willow Wilson and Sana Amanat join the program!

Today, Wednesday, August 3 at 3PM ET, tune in here and join Marvel’s Director of Content Development, Sana Amanat, and writer G. Willow Wilson as they join host Walter Hickey, and ABC News Entertainment Reporter, Michael Rothman, to dive into the repercussions of Marvel’s CIVIL WAR II #4.

As the Marvel Universe reels from the events of the first three issues, a new premonition came forth from the mysterious Inhuman, Ulysses, that foresaw the rampaging Hulk going further than he has ever gone before and killing hundreds. A massive group of heroes confronted Bruce Banner, aka the Hulk, putting him on a collision course with Hawkeye, who promised Bruce he would kill him if he ever turned into the Hulk again. When the situation escalated, Hawkeye took the shot, killing Bruce before he could transform. He submitted to a murder trial and the just has reached an explosive verdict

  • Monthly live stream brings fans an in-depth conversation from the voices behind Civil War II!
  • Every episode follows the release of the most recent issue of Marvel’s CIVIL WAR II, and will pair Marvel representatives with some of today’s top thought leaders in the fields of entertainment, technology, and politics about how Civil War II and the Marvel Universe is shaped by the continuous conversations and narrative of the world around us. 
  • Hosted by FiveThirtyEight’s Walt Hickey, accompanied by some of the top creative Marvel minds.
  • Streamed live from ABC News Headquarters in NYC and is available to watch on ABC News digital platforms on desktop, mobile, social & OTT as well as Marvel’s Facebook page.
  • In its fourth installment, the first couple of episodes of “Marvel’s Civil War II Livestream” brought together writer Brian Michael Bendis, Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, Marvel’s Editor in Chief Axel Alonso, and more as they discussed the current state of the Marvel Universe and how it sets the stage for what is to come in Civil War II.
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Nick Spencer brings Iron Man and Captain Marvel together with Captain America!

The aftermath of the first Civil War event brought a comic called THE CONFESSION, featuring two final conversations between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers, one after Captain America surrendered and a one-sided discussion after Cap died.

In an interesting parallel, following Civil War II comes CIVIL WAR II: THE OATH, as Nick Spencer and Rod Reis provide an epilogue to the blockbuster event. In it, both Iron Man and Captain Marvel turn to the one man they both think they can trust: Captain America. 

Correction: Captain America, Hydra Agent.

With the dust not yet settled for Civil War II, Spencer could only share a few details on what to expect from THE OATH.

Marvel.com: Without spoiling the end of CIVIL WAR II, what can you tell us about the premise of the book?

Nick Spencer: Yeah, that’s the thing, right? I can’t spill much on this one until everyone has experienced the Civil War II endgame. What I can say, I think, is that it provides an epilogue to that story in much the same way THE CONFESSION did for the original Civil War—but this time we’re also setting the stage for some really huge upcoming developments in the Marvel Universe. 

Marvel.com: What does the title, “The Oath,” refer to?

Nick Spencer: Some big time, heavy-hitter characters may find themselves in very different places as a result of Civil War II. And for one of them, that might involve taking an oath of some kind—one that will change not just their own life, but countless others as well.

Marvel.com: With the super hero community divided, and somewhat broken, as a result of the conflicts in Civil War II, how will Hydra and their sleeper agent, Captain America, take advantage?

Nick Spencer: Absolutely. Like the solicit says: in the aftermath of Civil War II, Tony Stark and Carol Danvers will both reach out to the person they trust the most, Steve Rogers. Unfortunately, he’s the last person they should go to for reasons only we know. Hydra will most definitely use this moment and exploit it. 

Marvel.com: Besides Carol, Tony and Steve, are there any other characters we can expect to see in the book? Who are you excited about getting to write?

Nick Spencer: The focus is very much on those three, and getting to write the three of them in an intimate, character-driven fashion like this is a real thrill. I want this story to really resonate with people and make them feel something for these characters and all they’ve been through here.

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Nick Spencer brings Iron Man and Captain Marvel together with Captain America!

The aftermath of the first Civil War event brought a comic called THE CONFESSION, featuring two final conversations between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers, one after Captain America surrendered and a one-sided discussion after Cap died.

In an interesting parallel, following Civil War II comes CIVIL WAR II: THE OATH, as Nick Spencer and Rod Reis provide an epilogue to the blockbuster event. In it, both Iron Man and Captain Marvel turn to the one man they both think they can trust: Captain America. 

Correction: Captain America, Hydra Agent.

With the dust not yet settled for Civil War II, Spencer could only share a few details on what to expect from THE OATH.

Marvel.com: Without spoiling the end of CIVIL WAR II, what can you tell us about the premise of the book?

Nick Spencer: Yeah, that’s the thing, right? I can’t spill much on this one until everyone has experienced the Civil War II endgame. What I can say, I think, is that it provides an epilogue to that story in much the same way THE CONFESSION did for the original Civil War—but this time we’re also setting the stage for some really huge upcoming developments in the Marvel Universe. 

Marvel.com: What does the title, “The Oath,” refer to?

Nick Spencer: Some big time, heavy-hitter characters may find themselves in very different places as a result of Civil War II. And for one of them, that might involve taking an oath of some kind—one that will change not just their own life, but countless others as well. 

Marvel.com: With the super hero community divided, and somewhat broken, as a result of the conflicts in Civil War II, how will Hydra and their sleeper agent, Captain America, take advantage?

Nick Spencer: Absolutely. Like the solicit says: in the aftermath of Civil War II, Tony Stark and Carol Danvers will both reach out to the person they trust the most, Steve Rogers. Unfortunately, he’s the last person they should go to for reasons only we know. Hydra will most definitely use this moment and exploit it. 

Marvel.com: Besides Carol, Tony and Steve, are there any other characters we can expect to see in the book? Who are you excited about getting to write?

Nick Spencer: The focus is very much on those three, and getting to write the three of them in an intimate, character-driven fashion like this is a real thrill. I want this story to really resonate with people and make them feel something for these characters and all they’ve been through here.

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The aftermath of the first Civil War event brought a comic called THE CONFESSION, featuring two final conversations between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers, one after Captain America surrendered and a one-sided discussion after Cap died.

In an interesting parallel, following Civil War II comes CIVIL WAR II: THE OATH, as Nick Spencer and Rod Reis provide an epilogue to the blockbuster event. In it, both Iron Man and Captain Marvel turn to the one man they both think they can trust: Captain America.

Correction: Captain America, Hydra Agent.

With the dust not yet settled for Civil War II, Spencer could only share a few details on what to expect from THE OATH.

Marvel.com: Without spoiling the end of CIVIL WAR II, what can you tell us about the premise of the book?

Nick Spencer: Yeah, that’s the thing, right? I can’t spill much on this one until everyone has experienced the Civil War II endgame. What I can say, I think, is that it provides an epilogue to that story in much the same way THE CONFESSION did for the original Civil War—but this time we’re also setting the stage for some really huge upcoming developments in the Marvel Universe.

Marvel.com: What does the title, “The Oath,” refer to?

Nick Spencer: Some big time, heavy-hitter characters may find themselves in very different places as a result of Civil War II. And for one of them, that might involve taking an oath of some kind—one that will change not just their own life, but countless others as well.

Marvel.com: With the super hero community divided, and somewhat broken, as a result of the conflicts in Civil War II, how will Hydra and their sleeper agent, Captain America, take advantage?

Nick Spencer: Absolutely. Like the solicit says: in the aftermath of Civil War II, Tony Stark and Carol Danvers will both reach out to the person they trust the most, Steve Rogers. Unfortunately, he’s the last person they should go to for reasons only we know. Hydra will most definitely use this moment and exploit it.

Marvel.com: Besides Carol, Tony and Steve, are there any other characters we can expect to see in the book? Who are you excited about getting to write?

Nick Spencer: The focus is very much on those three, and getting to write the three of them in an intimate, character-driven fashion like this is a real thrill. I want this story to really resonate with people and make them feel something for these characters and all they’ve been through here.

Head to marvel.com/sdcc2016 for live coverage and all the latest from San Diego Comic-Con 2016!

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Writer Kelly Thompson checks in on choosing sides for Civil War II!

As CIVIL WAR II #3 prepares to roll out this week, more heroes make the decision to stand alongside either Captain Marvel or Tony Stark. And while some choices seem obvious, others may prove more difficult to discern.

Looking at the lineup of A-Force, we spoke with Kelly Thompson to help us figure out where each member of the team would land, and in some cases, whether they would remain loyal to that side! For more, be sure to pick up A-FORCE #8 on August 10.

Marvel.com: Kelly, before we attempt to look into the future and determine the actions of the members of A-Force, I have to ask: what sort of challenge/s do you find in writing characters who serve as fundamental pillars to the entire Civil War II event?

Kelly Thompson: I think writing A-FORCE, which is obviously not the core of Civil War II but stars some of the characters most heavily featured in the event, is indeed a challenge. I felt our task was to tell a really emotional and engaging story in our book that felt true to the relationships and development of our team, but that also addressed the ideas at the heart of Civil War II in a way that made sense for our heroes. It’s challenging to tell an important story that has real meaning and feels important while also making sure to stay out of the way of the larger narrative—to not step on that narrative’s toes, I guess. It was a tough mix but I hope we’ve pulled it off!

Marvel.com: Obviously, Captain Marvel and She-Hulk in particular play integral parts in your series. What went through your head when you found out the roles Brian Michael Bendis had in mind for them when you were brought in for Civil War II?

Kelly Thompson: Devastated! [Laughs] No, I was excited that Carol was getting to step forward onto such a large stage and in such a complex way, obviously, but I was seriously worried about She-Hulk as she’s a favorite of mine. A-FORCE is a book where most the characters also feature prominently elsewhere, so I’ve always had to be mindful of what others are doing with “my” characters, but this was definitely a whole new level. At the same time, the very nature of Civil War II is about breaking apart families and we had created this beautiful family, and so there’s something fascinating about seeing them torn apart; seeing what that brings to the surface. As a writer, it’s a great chance to see who these characters really are.

Marvel.com: Did you find that affected the direction of where you were planning to take A-FORCE?

Kelly Thompson: It was a definitely a swerve, I’ll say that! But it kept things interesting and brought up a bunch of issues for our ladies that are exciting to explore both in the immediate storyline and going forward. Of course, I had to put a hold on the story about our characters jaunting off to an alien planet where it turns out Dazzler was a badass celebrated queen for some time—while MIA from Marvel Universe stories—so that was a bummer, but maybe we’ll still get a chance to tell that story. I certainly hope so!  

Marvel.com: Now, to get a little personal here, what side would you say you fall on in terms of Civil War II: Tony and his anti-profiling stance or Carol and her pre-crime prevention platform?

Kelly Thompson: As much as I want to be on Carol’s side—always!—I personally have to go with Team Tony on this one. I understand Carol’s position, especially as someone that approaches things with a more military mindset—minimizing casualties as priority one—but the ends cannot justify the means for me. I have the luxury of thinking of the story in a more philosophical way; it’s easy to say that the ends cannot justify the means, it’s harder to back up that idea when you’re seeing people being killed and you believe you have an asset that can prevent that, or at least minimize it. You cannot erode rights—even for the good and protection of all—without ending up in a very dangerous place; the slipperiest of slopes. But I see how and why Carol gets there and it’s hard to imagine disagreeing with her if this were real life—and real lives—and not fiction.

Marvel.com: With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the members of A-Force and see which side they’d choose and why. We’ll start with the easy ones first!

Nico Minoru: “Nico is a Runaway first and foremost. She always will be. She’s anti-establishment at her core and she doesn’t trust in others who think they know best in making decisions for her or others. She would be with Tony all the way on this one, even if she prefers Carol.”

Singularity: “This kind of complexity—many shades of grey—is pretty new to Singularity, who is still much like an innocent child. She has trouble parsing the complexities of the situation and is more focused on seeing her family torn apart and what that means, how she can help put it back together.”

Dazzler: “Dazzler is one of our most interesting character questions for me. Because on the face of it, after what’s she’s been through in recent months/years at the hands of Mystique and even recent events in A-FORCE, she’d be inclined to go with Carol. Stopping horrible things before they come to pass would appeal to her very much right now. However, because of how this issue comes up for A-Force, she’s able to see it from a whole other perspective that sort of instantly changes her mind and shows her what madness it is to approach a problem this way.”

Marvel.com: Okay, now the next three are going to be a little trickier, so let’s begin with Medusa. Obviously, she wants to protect her subjects, and she’s seems to have consented to Carol’s request to access Ulysses’ abilities, but do you think her mind would change if Ulysses effectively set Carol and her heroes against another Inhuman?

Medusa: “Like Carol, Medusa approaches this as a leader would. She’s not likely to change her mind as that’s not a position of strength. She’s a Queen and she’s used to making tough decisions for her people and used to being a politician. As a politician, she knows that there is no plan without a downside and that every decision a leader makes, best of intentions be damned, will hurt someone. She’s also highly motivated by Ulysses being an Inhuman, so she’s going to back him and his power since he’s one of her own.”

Marvel.com: Continuing to up the ante here, let’s play Devil’s Advocate for our final two members of A-Force. Do you think either of these characters will change their minds? If so, why or why not?

Captain Marvel: “I think Carol can’t afford to change her mind even if she wanted to—not that she does. She’s committed to the position that she thinks will keep the maximum number of people safe and will do the most good. And as a leader, she can’t falter in that resolve.”

She-Hulk: “Well, this is potentially controversial of me, but my belief, and a belief we explore a bit in our [Civil War II] arc is that She-Hulk didn’t actually make a decision of what side to stand on in the Tony v. Carol civil war. In my opinion, Bendis, in his infinite comic book wisdom, left that a bit vague and up for debate. Carol has her interpretation of things which she absolutely believes is true, but that’s not necessarily reality. In my opinion, all evidence we have of She-Hulk as a person is that she would not actually support pre-crime prevention. She’s a lawyer. Girl believes in due process.”

A-FORCE #8 divides the team on August 10!

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