Margaret Stohl talks Chitauri and the true power of Carol Danvers!

Margaret Stohl, writer of MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL, has a lot to contend with in the upcoming issue #7, coming July 26! Soldier, leader, and self-appointed protector of Earth Carol Danvers has been facing a limitless, relentless wave of opposition in the Chitauri alien fleet—not to mention being walled off from her home planet due to an impenetrable force field erected by the traitorous Captain America.

Stohl talked to us about what it’s like writing Carol’s raw, reborn humanity in the face of planetary extinction, betrayal, grief—and hope.

Marvel.com: You’ve written Carol for a little while, now. How has she evolved in your time writing her and where might she be going in the future?

Margaret Stohl: I started with Carol right after CIVIL WAR II and that was a rough time for her as she transitioned out of making a lot of really difficult decisions. A lot of her readers weren’t very pleased with her and I think she has to own up to a lot of what she’d lost in that past year, which was [a lot of friends and loved ones]. It was a big tumultuous year leading into the first arc I had on Carol [and] I think she was working out a lot of the repercussions from that level of conflict.

Now with SECRET EMPIRE she’s got a Chitauri attack in space and it’s sort of Carol doing what Carol does best, which is be a leader, take on incredible odds, and fight for what she believes in. But also just fight—I mean, she is a soldier. One of the reasons I was excited to work on Captain Marvel is that I’m a big fan of space, but also military history and combat. I love putting Carol in real combat scenarios and seeing her act like the real soldier she is. Marvel doesn’t do that very often [and] has a very broad approach to heroics, so it’s been very interesting seeing her tap into the actual [military] captain side of her. I actually get a lot of mail from veterans, and veteran women in particular, who are sort of an underrepresented group.

[As for] where Carol is headed, there will be a mini-event called Generations where she’ll re-team with the original Captain Mar-Vell. That will be a return to her roots and an exploration of her origins so I’m pretty excited about that.

Marvel.com: The Chitauri attack is really all falling down on Carol more than anyone else. What is going on with her in this chaos of the waves of attack?

Margaret Stohl: It takes a lot to take someone like Carol out. She’s having to come back from something that basically nobody else could come back from. That’s the position she’s in, [having to think] “how can I get back to save Earth?” and also “what’s gonna be left of Earth by the time I get back there?” The stakes are pretty high right now, even by Marvel Universe standards.

Mighty Captain Marvel #7 cover by Elizabeth Torque

Marvel.com: And what of the Steve Rogers of it all, namely his betrayal and the toll that puts on Carol?

Margaret Stohl: Well, it’s an extinction mission [and Steve] has meant for them to die. That is a brutal calculation that he’s made because he’s not himself, he’s a different version of himself. So she’s kind of a raw open wound, [because] she’s the other captain besides Steve Rogers, right? So she sees him as a direct referendum on what she’s doing as a hero and if Steve Rogers could disappoint everyone like that, then what does that actually mean for any of them? He was part of the bedrock. So it’s definitely been a rough arc for her. She’s got one foot in space and one foot on Earth. I think you’ll definitely see her increasingly more involved with Earth heroes as this wraps up and she does get to come back down to Earth. I mean, I say this all the time, but when people get upset that Cap is Hydra, I just say that there’s more than one captain there and as he falls she rises. It becomes up to her, now, to do the job for both of them which she does.

Marvel.com: That you’d mention Steve Rogers as a counterpart is so interesting because, for me, SECRET EMPIRE is very much a story of the two captains. They’re the ones that weave this big arc together. It was almost like before they went point on Earth and the galaxy but, with Steve gone, she’s now having to shoulder that whole burden of everything.

Margaret Stohl: That’s certainly how it feels. I mean, I’m drawn to powerful women [characters] and she is definitely one of the most powerful—literally—that I’ve worked with! Carol never doesn’t rise to the call no matter what the personal price is for her, and that’s something I respect so much about her and frankly I recognize with so many of the women I know. We do hard things, we shoulder the burdens people won’t shoulder, and we make the world work. I see that in Carol and I see that in the women around me. I really relate to it and I admire it. Carol Danvers is a very powerful, very flawed character who struggles just as all of her readers do and I think that’s part of what makes her so special. I like that model being out there and I think it’s a great time for women super heroes.

[Writing Captain Marvel] is definitely more significant than any of the other characters I’ve worked with, and I think that’s why people work with Marvel because that is ground zero in culture wars. It’s world-changing for so many girls now and that’s what we’re here to do as female creators—what I’m here to do, and it’s an honor.

Enlist with Carol and company as Margaret Stohl and Michele Bandini bring us MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL #7 on July 26!

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Track the evolution of Carol Danvers’ role in the Marvel Universe!

Each week, we use our super sleuth skills to dig into the histories of the characters fighting on both sides of Secret Empire!

SECRET EMPIRE #0 saw Captain America’s Hydra agenda come full circle as he assumed control of the world governments through S.H.I.E.L.D., isolated New York City in the Darkforce Dimension, and blocked Alpha Flight with the planetary defense shield. That last one seemed particularly aimed at Captain Marvel. In fact, Cap even fully explained that he’d had a Chitauri queen hidden on planet, which meant her people would never stop coming for her. In other words, the extra-terrestrial pummeling would never end.

If she had time to reflect on how she got to that point, Carol would remember taking the job as head of Alpha Flight after the events of Secret Wars. In the volume of CAPTAIN MARVEL that launched in 2016, she assumed control of the group working out of the Alpha Flight Space Station putting her in charge of a full staff plus the likes of Puck, Aurora, Sasquatch, and Abigail Brand. Their mission? Stop space threats from reaching the Earth.

The first adventure put her and the team in direct opposition to an alien race that didn’t take kindly to her Kree genetic signature after people from that particular planet nearly wiped them from existence. Soon after, Carol re-purposed her group to utilize the information coming from the Inhuman Ulysses to save the planet during Civil War II. The crossover also ran through A-FORCE and ULTIMATES, two team books that Carol also regularly appeared in. Captain Marvel’s desire to use Ulysses to save the world, even if he’s wrong every now and then, didn’t sit well with everyone, including Iron Man who worried more about someone else using that information for the wrong reasons.

Captain Marvel (2016) #1

Captain Marvel (2016) #1

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The event ended with Carol’s boyfriend Jim Rhodes dead, her longtime friend Jennifer Walters beaten comatose, Tony Stark out of commission, and the hero community once again left in a shambles. Yet, in the pages of her new series MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL, Danvers found herself dealing with not only newfound fame, but also the impending Chitauri invasion. This week’s MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL #5 actually takes place before the events of SECRET EMPIRE #0, showing how Carol started training a group of Alpha Cadets and also fought the first wave of invaders with the Guardians of the Galaxy, some of the Ultimates, and other heroes before getting the news that Cap had betrayed them.

SECRET EMPIRE #1 skipped ahead to show a world where Hydra had already taken control. We saw Captain Marvel sending out a distress signal to anyone who might hear saying that Earth needed help, noting that this threat could easily spread to their planets. As long as she’s still up there, humanity has a hope!

The Empire Strikes Back

The alien menace known as the Chitauri first appeared in the Ultimate Universe in the pages of the original ULTIMATES. They would show up to menace that reality on more than one occasion, but blew up to nearly a household name after becoming the main threat in the first Avengers film! The aliens first appeared in the Marvel Universe in the pages of NOVA to hassle Sam Alexander. Thanks to a stolen Ultimate Nullifier, though, he made short work of them.

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Margaret Stohl checks out the challenges Carol faces in Secret Empire!

Carol Danvers has gone through a lot lately.

CIVIL WAR II definitely took an emotional toll, and now she faces the betrayal of Steve Rogers in SECRET EMPIRE. MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL writer Margaret Stohl filled us in on Captain Marvel’s headspace, and where she finds herself psychologically and emotionally these days.

Marvel.com: Carol found herself in a pretty dark place at the end of CIVIL WAR II. And now SECRET EMPIRE follows right on its heels. It must feel very draining for Carol psychologically and emotionally. Does watching things play out with Steve erode her faith in some of the things she has believed in even more?

Margaret Stohl: Watching Steve Rogers betray everything that Captain America has always stood for is a crushing blow, not just for Carol but for everyone. On the other hand, she’s also an experienced military leader, and she knows better than anyone that the loss of Captain America only makes the role of Captain Marvel that much more important. She steps up when others step down, and she always has. So no, Steve’s betrayal doesn’t erode her faith, it makes her all the more resolved to defend it—because if she doesn’t, who will?

Marvel.com: Steve left Carol and her team outside the planetary shield surrounding the Earth to face wave after wave of the Chitauri army. What kind of state of mind will she have when she gets back?

Margaret Stohl: Carol has her combat brain on now, which means she only has three things on her mind: how to keep her team alive, how to get them back to Earth, and then how to save it. Her first goal is her team’s survival, particularly the three young cadets—Glory, Dante and A’Di—who were caught outside the shield with her during their training at Alpha Flight. That is priority one. Part of what makes Carol such an effective soldier and leader is her ability to compartmentalize when she has to. Making decisions in the moment is tough, but when a leader doesn’t lead, the people fighting for her die.

Mighty Captain Marvel #6 cover by Elizabeth Torque

Marvel.com: Currently, Carol leads Alpha Flight and plays a major role in the Ultimates. So professionally, she seems to really have things together. But personally, she’s facing more challenges.

Margaret Stohl: Absolutely. Carol’s first arc in 2017 was all about her personal journey back from the events of CIVIL WAR II. This arc is much more of a combat adventure, though even the fact that there are teens on Alpha Flight just shows how much her relationship with the Kree child, Bean, from the past few issues, has impacted her. In general though, I think Carol’s emotions are on hold until she gets through the catastrophe of SECRET EMPIRE. If she ever makes it home, Carol Danvers will have to work to process what has happened—not just to her but to her planet.

Marvel.com: Carol had a falling out with Ms. Marvel during CIVIL WAR II, and America is distancing herself from the Ultimates to go to college. How does it affect Carol to see her protégés walking away?

Margaret Stohl: Carol is a lifer in her fight for what’s right. Like many other heroes, she’s seen plenty of teammates come and go, and while that wears on her, she knows it comes with the gig. That said, I’m not sure she’s ever recovered from the end of her friendship with Kamala Khan. Since Kamala moved on in her life, Carol has taken the time to foster a Kree child and train three Alpha Cadets. I think she deeply feels the loss of Kamala, and is still trying to figure it out.

Marvel.com: I would imagine the fall of Maria Hill has had a pretty significant impact on Carol, as well. The two have had their differences, but have often found themselves in similar situations, and frequently worked together. Does it make Carol feel like maybe the same thing could happen to her? Like she could be forced out of the organizations she cares about?

Margaret Stohl: Women in positions of power are always aware of the fates of their female contemporaries, but at the moment, Carol really is caught up in just getting her butt back to Earth. I don’t know how much time she’s spent thinking about it. She’s much more worried about Wendy, who is trapped somewhere on Earth and away from the rest of the A.F. team.

MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL continues to battle through Secret Empire as depicted in issue #5 on May 31 and issue #6 on June 28, both written by Margaret Stohl with art by Ramon Rosanas and Michele Bandini respectively.

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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.

The Women of Marvel

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.

The Women of Marvel

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! 

  • 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 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.
  • Watch the most recent episode of “Marvel’s Civil War II Livestream” now!
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