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

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

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.

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

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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Featuring variant cover artwork by Marvel CCO Joe Quesada!

Mark your calendars True Believers, because the next phase of the Marvel Universe is almost here, and you’ll get your first taste at 12:00 AM your local time on July 13th! To celebrate the dual release of the MARVEL NOW! PREVIEWS MAGAZINE and the blockbuster CIVIL WAR II #3, Marvel is pleased to announce a midnight release for these two can’t miss books! Participating retailers may open Tuesday night and may also sell all other 7/13 Marvel titles at the midnight release.

Who will fall? That’s the question on everyone’s lips, as one of the biggest heroes in the Marvel Universe meets their end. Who is it and how will divide fans for years to come. It all happens in CIVIL WAR II #3, and you can be one of the first to find out! How can the heroes of the Marvel Universe survive after the unthinkable happens? As the war escalates to new heights, the table is set for Marvel NOW!

Plus, fans in attendance will have a chance to get their hands on the CIVIL WAR II #3 MIDNIGHT VARIANT. Debuting at the midnight release and polybagged to conceal the identity of the fallen hero, this variant cover features artwork by none other than Marvel CCO Joe Quesada!

Then, after the shocking events of CIVIL WAR II #3, its new ongoing series, new status quos and new characters! Packed cover-to-cover with huge reveals, new titles, creator interviews and more, pick up the free MARVEL NOW! PREVIEWS MAGAZINE! Exclusive to comic shops, this is your very first look at the hottest upcoming titles of the fall! Following the cataclysmic fallout of Civil War II, get a snapshot of into the Marvel Universe of tomorrow!

The party starts Tuesday July 13th at midnight at your local comic shops! Be there for the midnight release of CIVIL WAR II #3 and the MARVEL NOW! PREVIEWS MAGAZINE on Wednesday, 7/13!

Retailers: Please note quantities of the CIVIL WAR II #3 MIDNIGHT VARIANT may be limited. Retailers will be permitted to sell other 7/13 on sale titles after 12:00 AM local time on 07/13/16. Place your reorders on CIVIL WAR II #3 now to ensure arrival for the 7/13 on-sale. Check your Marvel Mailer for additional information.

MARVEL NOW! FREE PREVIEWS MAGAZINE (APR168583)
FOC – 06/13/16, On-Sale – 07/13/16
CIVIL WAR II #3 MIDNIGHT VARIANT (APR168908)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art by DAVID MARQUEZ
Cover art by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
Variant cover art by JOE QUESADA
FOC – 06/20/16, On-Sale – 07/13/16

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Preview art from Takeshi Miyazawa and Adrian Alphona!

This June, as the blockbuster Civil War II heats up, Kamala Khan gets called to the front lines to join the fray! Marvel is pleased to present MS. MARVEL #8, a Civil War II tie-in from creators G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa and Adrian Alphona! A new Inhuman has emerged, one with the power to predict the future. The heroes of the Marvel Universe are faced with a choice: Wield this new power to change the future as they see fit, or reject it and allow tomorrow to unfold unaltered. As the battle lines are drawn, which side will Kamala choose? Is she ready to take a stand against her idol and mentor, Captain Marvel? Find out this June as Civil War II comes to Jersey City in MS. MARVEL #8!

MS. MARVEL #8 (APR160894)
Written by G. WILLOW WILSON
Art by TAKESHI MIYAZAWA & ADRIAN ALPHONA
Cover by CAMERON STEWART
Civil War Reenactment Variant by SIYA OUM (APR160895) On-Sale – 06/22/16

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Dennis Hopeless discusses the surprising alignment of Jessica Drew!

If you think you know who Jessica Drew will back in the upcoming Civil War II event, think again.

While her BFF, Carol Danvers, seems like a lock to get Spider-Woman’s support, Jessica would rather stay out of the action completely—which brings tensions of its own. With the conflict crossing over into SPIDER-WOMAN #9 this July, Dennis Hopeless shares what to expect from the Marvel Universe’s newest mom during the event.

Marvel.com: Jessica’s obviously been through a whole lot since Secret Wars ended, what with the birth of her son and the most recent adventure with her Spider gal pals, Spider-Gwen and Silk. What’s her state of mind leading into Civil War II?

Dennis Hopeless: Jessica’s life is very full right now and while she’s gotten pretty great at juggling, she’s definitely stretched thin. The last thing she wants to do is add a big bunch of super hero drama. The whole idea of another hero on hero war stresses her out.

Marvel.com:  In regards to Civil War II, it seems like the exact kind of thing Spider-Woman left the Avengers to avoid. What’s her take on the conflict between Iron Man and Captain Marvel? And is there any way she wouldn’t side with her best friend?

Dennis Hopeless: Yes! This is exactly why she quit the Avengers. Jess’s new life is all about working street level and helping normal people. Civil War is the antithesis of that mission statement. Jess wants no part of it. She doesn’t want to pick a side. She doesn’t want to talk about it, and she certainly doesn’t want to argue with anyone. All of this creates some friction between Jess and Carol. Captain Marvel is very much entrenched in the conflict and Spider-Woman is very much not.

Marvel.com: How does being a new mom affect Jessica’s decisions related to Civil War II?

Dennis Hopeless: First and foremost, it sets her priorities waaay over her. She literally doesn’t have time for it. It has also increased her capacity for empathy quite a bit. She can see the humanity on both sides of the conflict. Super heroes aren’t terribly good at compromise and from Jess’s perspective the shades of gray here are obvious. There’s no easy choice, which is probably why she doesn’t want to make one.

Marvel.com: The supporting cast for Spider-Woman took a bit of a sabbatical during the Spider-Women event, but can we expect to see more of them during Civil War II?

Dennis Hopeless: Oh yeah! Ben Urich and Porcupine are all up in this story. Jess and her team spend most of the event working together as PIs. We really dig into that element of Jess’s life and let her process both sides as a detective. Roger and Ben work with Jess, so they play a huge role.

Marvel.com:  One of the fun things about Civil War II is that it allows fans— nd creators—to think about what side they fall on. So, are you Team Iron Man or Team Captain Marvel?

Dennis Hopeless: There’s a reason I’m writing a conscientious objector story. That’s pretty much my stance on war in general, but I also don’t think there is one right side in this conflict. It’s all a matter of perspective. Sitting here in my chair, several universes away, it’s difficult to choose.

SPIDER-WOMAN gets drawn into Civil War II beginning in July!

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