Program includes animated shorts, chapter books and expanded line of merchandise debuting this Fall!
Little True Belivers, this one’s for you! Starting this Fall, we’re gearing up for the brand new school year with “Marvel Super Hero Adventures” – a multi-platform content program targeting Marvel’s youngest fans through animation and publishing. Through stories that touch upon aspirational themes of friendship, helping others, and heroism, preschool kids and young readers will have a gateway into the Marvel Universe. This new program will be supported by new offerings across comic books, graphic novels and merchandise including toys, lifestyle and apparel.
Marvel Animation will launch a season of 10 short-form episodes for the pre-school audience. The 3.5 minute animated episodes will feature Spidey in an epic team-up with other inspiring and brave Marvel heroes like Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Ant-Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Wasp, Ms. Marvel and more. Platforms and launch date for this short-form series will be announced at a later date.
Debuting in September will be a series of early-reader chapter books joining the existing line of popular Marvel Super Hero Adventures activity books and storybooks from Marvel Press. The first chapter book, “Deck the Malls!,” written by MacKenzie Cadenhead and Sean Ryan, illustrated by Derek Laufman, features Spider-Man and Spider-Gwen in a fully illustrated adventured with a bonus one-page comic. Three more chapter books and an expanding publishing program will continue through 2018 and beyond.
The Super Hero Adventures merchandise is led by a toy collaboration with Hasbro, featuring new character tie-ins and play experiences inspired by Marvel Animation. They’re a perfect way for preschoolers to celebrate their young passion for Marvel in their daily lives. Further merchandise rollouts include wide offerings across toys and apparel with supportive collaborations from Mad Engine, Jay Fanco, GBG, Jakks Pacific and others–all representative of the major categories for Marvel preschoolers. Additional Marvel Super Hero Adventures products will debut throughout October during Marvel Mania, Marvel’s celebratory campaign spanning marquee retailers including Walmart, Target, Toys R Us and more.
Parents and fans around the world can share the Marvel Super Heroes Adventure program with young fans as it expands even more in Spring 2018.
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.
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
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!
Follow Carol Danvers through her regular routine in the post-Civil War II Marvel Universe!
The upcoming MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL #0—available on December 21—will find Carol Danvers back at the helm as commander of Alpha Flight. As one of the world’s toughest super heroes, she has a lot on her plate!
We asked writer Margaret Stohl what a typical day would look like for this acclaimed hero.
6 AM – BOSS FIT
“Just because you’re the strongest person on the planet doesn’t mean you don’t have to work at it. Carol has gotten all of Alpha Flight into BossFit, the hard-core workout regimen she devised herself. Puck named it BossFit the first time she bossed them all into doing it with her—and now no one can escape it. Not even Squatch…”
11 PM – GLOBAL BRIEFINGS
“At the end of every morning, Carol checks in with NASA, the US Joint Chiefs, the U.N., and S.H.I.E.L.D. to assess the best use of Alpha Flight resources. Carol takes her role as commander of Alpha Flight very seriously. Besides, when the Alpha Flight Board comes calling, she’ll have to defend her every decision.”
3 PM – AF OPS
“Carol’s Alpha Flight ops vary with any given day. One afternoon she might find herself answering an S.O.S. from a hidden satellite base in Antarctica, while the next she could end up exploring a disturbance at an alien refugee camp in the EU. Whether her missions take her deeper into space or back to Earth, Captain Marvel always fights for intergalactic justice, freedom and equality.”
7 PM – GO NIGHT
“Girls Only Game Night. Everyone has to blow off steam now and then; some nights, Carol has a rotating card game with Maria Hill, Jess Drew—when she has babysitting— and Natasha Romanoff. Other friends come and go, as you’ll see in MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL #0. What goes down behind closed doors? Junk food and pizza and gossip, the Women of Marvel at their finest and friendliest.”
11 PM – LIGHTS OUT
“When Carol can actually get to sleep, she turns in on the early side. More often than not, though, she tosses and turns, thinking about unresolved crises or impending conflicts. Carol doesn’t have an easy job, and she doesn’t wear the crown lightly. Still, when she does crash, she goes out like a rock—good thing, too. Especially with that 6 AM workout …”
Become part of Carol’s world with MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL #0 by Margaret Stohl and Ramon Rosanas on December 21!
Captain Marvel by Elizabeth Torque
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!
Check out CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 in January!
Join Carol Danvers in a high-flying new adventure this January!
Strap in, suit up, and take flight True Believer! The Captain is back and she is dialing it up a notch. Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside CAPTAIN MARVEL #1, the new ongoing series! Calling all Carol Corps members! Marvel’s Agent Carter Executive Producers and Showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters make the jump to Marvel Comics to pen the explosive adventures of Carol Danvers alongside artist Kris Anka!
It’s a bold new frontier for Earth’s Mightiest Hero as she soars to new heights on her most daring mission yet – head of the all-new Alpha Flight space program. As Earth’s first line of defense, Carol and Alpha Flight protect the planet from any and all threats the deep void of space can throw at them. With a space station and an entire fleet at her command, if you come here looking for trouble, you won’t know what hit you! But is Carol ready to be a soldier and a diplomat at the same time? Especially when an unknown enemy emerges she can’t quite punch.
Hero. Pilot. Avenger. Leader. The next evolution of Carol Danvers begins this fall as she blasts off once again in CAPTAIN MARVEL #1!
CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 (NOV150738)
Written by TARA BUTTERS & MICHELLE FAZEKAS
Art & Cover by KRIS ANKA
Variant Cover by ADAM HUGHES (NOV150740)
Hip-Hop Variant by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE (NOV150739)
Design Variant by KRIS ANKA (NOV150741)
Deadpool Variant by MARK BAGLEY w/ DREW HENNESSY & FRANK MARTIN (NOV150742)
Cosplay Variant by JUDY STEPHENS (NOV150743)
Blank Variant Also Available (NOV150744)
On-Sale – 01/20/16
Captain Marvel by Kris Anka
Artist Kris Anka opens up about the process of developing Carol Danvers' new series!
Carol Corps members rejoice: CAPTAIN MARVEL returns to comic shops on January 20 with a new series!
From “Marvel’s Agent Carter” writers Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas plus artist Kris Anka, the All-New, All-Different version of the title not only re-envisions Captain Marvel as a kind of space diplomat, but also brings about some new elements to her outward appearance. Carol Danvers now leads Alpha Flight, but this group does more than protect just Canada. In fact, they keep the entire Earth safe from extraterrestrial threats that pop up. With the new gig comes a great deal of science fiction gear and vehicles for Anka to play with.
The artist opens up about tweaking Carol’s cosmetic changes, developing space tech and the character’s continued growing success.
Marvel.com: Carol has always been an important part of the Marvel Universe, but she seems to have really risen to prominence in the past few years. What do you think has led to this upsurge in popularity?
Kris Anka: I find this new heightened popularity of Carol greatly tied with the notion that female characters were on the same level as the male ones. Carol was no longer the “Ms” to a male character. It was the symbolic victory of her taking the mantle of the deceased Captain Marvel, and living up to the legacy herself.
Marvel.com: In the new series, Carol is working as a kind of intergalactic diplomat. Do you get to work up a variety of new aliens and their tech with that kind of set-up?
Kris Anka: Very much so. Right out of the gate I got to design some new aliens. Something I love about comics is it allows to figure out all these new visual elements that don’t require any real-world physics to work, and given how immersed with sci-fi we are with this book, it just allowed me to go wild with new tech and motifs that I haven’t seen before. The fun and the challenge is creating things that feel fresh.
Marvel.com: It sounds like you enjoy figuring out how things like spaceship and space stations work and the best way to convey that on the page.
Kris Anka: Yes I do. Problem-solving is perhaps one of my favorite parts of visual story telling. When I approach new elements that I know will reoccur a lot in the story, I try to figure out as many details about it in the designing stage as possible to ensure that I won’t need to figure that out later. Not only is it a time saver, but it dictates how I will tell the story. If I figure out how a door works in a specific way, it will present me options on how to draw the door that helps keep it from being generic. Figuring out as much as I can on the front end saves me so much time when actually creating the pages.
Marvel.com: From a costume standpoint, how were you able to put your own spin on the character?
Kris Anka: One of the first things I asked to be able to do when I joined this book was to be able to make small tweaks to the costume, and this lined up with a few things Marvel had in mind for the costume as well. Jamie McKelvie had created such a perfectly iconic costume for Carol, so we didn’t want to redesign her outright, but I did want to add a few personal flares to the design just to make it more mine. The belt was asked to be changed from the sash to add a little bit more usage for Carol, but I didn’t want to lose the sash entirely because it’s such a great visual element to her design. Other than that, I just took a few calls from Carol’s old Warbird costume and brought those elements here.
Marvel.com: Along similar lines, Carol’s hair also looks a lot shorter. Was there much back and forth about that visual element?
Kris Anka: The hair was something that was brought up almost immediately and something we all agreed on. Given we had the opportunity to now work off a blank slate for Carol, the first issue we wanted to address was that for years there didn’t seem to be a defined hairstyle for Carol at all. I’ve always liked that very first initial image Ed McGuinness did for Captain Marvel where Carol had this very professional short haircut, so I pushed to have that come back, and everyone working on the book agreed. We then did a round of designs where I tried a few different short-hair styles until we decided on the one that appears now.
Marvel.com: How has it been working with Tara and Michele on the book? How has it been working with them given their experience working in the TV field?
Kris Anka: It’s been absolutely fantastic. Having seen their work on “Agent Carter,” I had no doubt that the story they’d craft would be great. Each time I get a new script from them, I’ve loved every minute reading it.
CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 from Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas and Kris Anka rockets your way on January 20.