The writer details the new iteration of Earth's Mightiest Team!

Written by Jess Harrold

The old order changeth once again—for a bold new era! And it doesn’t come much bolder than the creative team of Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness putting together one of the mightiest Avengers rosters ever seen! Here, Aaron talks about his plans for the book—including building on ideas he introduced in MARVEL LEGACY #1.

Marvel: So with you writing, the incredible Ed McGuinness on art and a spectacular lineup, there’s no doubt about it: this is one blockbuster book! What can fans expect?

Jason Aaron: Coming into this, we wanted it to feel big and epic—like a huge Marvel event, every arc. So I wanted a lineup of all big, iconic characters. Some of them you’ve seen as Avengers—like Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, and Thor Odinson—but for the first time in years, the “big three” are back together. There’s also some characters we’re not used to seeing. Ghost Rider, I guess, is the big surprise, and it’s cool for me getting back to writing Ghost Rider again.

Marvel: And Captain Marvel and Black Panther make for a big five! There’s been a lot of conflict between these characters in recent years. How well are they all going to cope with working together again?

Jason Aaron: Well it’s not necessarily a “snap your fingers, and it’s done” kind of thing. The first arc is really about the hardships of putting that band back together. It’s very much a team drawn together for very specific reasons, instead of just Steve Rogers calling people in his Rolodex. The circumstances of this threat are really what bring these characters together. They are drawn into this battle for very specific reasons, which only become evident as that arc rolls on—and then continue to play a part going forward. Some of that clearly links back to the prehistoric Avengers introduced in MARVEL LEGACY #1. You will see them again in this arc, and they will be a part of the series going forward.

Marvel: Will you be adopting a similar multi-timeline approach to the one we’ve seen in your THOR run?

Jason Aaron: Yep, absolutely. In this first arc, the roots of the Celestial threat the Avengers are facing go back to those prehistoric days with Odin. But we will come back between arcs and do issues focusing on that group and those prehistoric characters. We will learn more about them as we go forward, get to see them in action in the past and see the ways their adventures connect to the present day.

Marvel: Another stalwart Avenger on the roster is Jennifer Walters—but is she She-Hulk or Hulk? And what can fans expect from her on the team?

Jason Aaron: Yeah, I’ve just been calling her “Hulk” in the book. It is the same Jen Walters we’ve seen in recent issues of her own series so we definitely continue on from that. But this story also changes things for her and takes her in a bit of a different direction. We switch around her powers a little bit and try to differentiate her more from her cousin. What is exciting me is to see Ed McGuiness draw the Hulk again!

Marvel: As for the new guy you mentioned—we know you know a thing or two about Ghost Riders, but what do you like about Robbie Reyes?

Jason Aaron: He’s a great entry-level character for the Avengers; he is still very much a new kid on the block. He doesn’t really know these characters and has not been a part of something quite like this. You know his life has been pretty crazy in its own right since he became the Ghost Rider, but this really takes things up a notch. We get to see him level up in terms of his power. He is unlike any of the previous Ghost Riders so we will continue to explore what that means and exactly what he is capable of. Also, the more I write it, the more I love the idea of having a guy in the Avengers who drives a car. He just goes driving into battle in the Hell Charger. I love that, and I love the way Ed’s drawing him.

Marvel: Another character you have history with is Doctor Strange, who is on the team at least to begin with, right?

Jason Aaron: He pops up initially in a different sort of team-up. He and Black Panther are investigating something that pulls him into this bigger mystery. Strange plays a big part of this first arc, but you kind of have to wait and see after that who sticks around. I don’t want to specifically have a cast too large, but I think we will have at least one slot rotating—have a character join for a couple of arcs, and then somebody else takes the pledge. There’ll be some old familiar faces and some we’re not used to seeing in the pages of an Avengers comic.

Marvel: You mentioned the Celestial threat, the ominously named Final Host—they seem like a great fit for Ed’s bombastic style.

Jason Aaron: Absolutely. We see a lot of different Celestials over the course of the story—some classic ones, some all-new designed by Ed, which look amazing. Ed is also so great at conveying the feel of something like this: our Avengers against giant space gods who are thousands of feet tall. How can the Avengers go toe-to-toe with characters who are that powerful? That’s the challenge they face right there out of the gate.

Marvel: And it all begins with a Free Comic Book Day issue featuring another stellar artist, Sara Pichelli, correct?

Jason Aaron: Yes, it’s sort of a direct lead in to AVENGERS #1. It’s mostly a story about Black Panther and Odin—a meeting of the king of Wakanda and the All-Father of Asgard, which again kind of stretches back to those prehistoric Avengers and plants the seeds for the Celestial threats the Avengers will face. And it’s free!

Marvel: And from there, the main series is set to really blow everyone’s socks off.

Jason Aaron: Yeah, I want this to be a book that issue to issue gives you a look at the entire Marvel Universe. So we will travel the globe, we will cross the galaxies, we will go to all the different hot spots of the MU. If you are only reading one Marvel Comic—not that you should just read one Marvel Comic—this book will give you an idea of what the entire breadth of the Marvel Universe looks like right now at this moment in time.

AVENGERS #1 by Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness is on sale May 2!

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Get in the Captain Marvel mood with these comics!

With the announcement of today’s big Captain Marvel news, we thought it was the perfect time to leap back into the history of Carol Danvers with a look at some of her greatest Marvel Comics stories!

There’s no time like the present (unless your hero is stuck in a different dimension during a galactic search for an Infinity Stone), so get caught up with the current Carol Danvers series in New York Times best-selling author Margaret Stohl‘s MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL! The cosmic hero and her Alpha Flight crew get entangled in a fight for the safety of planet Earth, a war against the Hydra Captain America in Secret Empire, and a mind-bending search for the Reality Stone in this ongoing series.

The Mighty Captain Marvel (2017) #1

The Mighty Captain Marvel (2017) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

The tumultuous events of Secret Empire spun each hero off into their own encounters with their pasts, their legacies, and their namesakes in the GENERATIONS series. And in GENERATIONS: CAPTAIN MARVEL & CAPTAIN MAR-VELL, Carol and her predecessor find themselves in a strange plane of existence contemplating their relationship and the meaning of the heroic title they’ve both held.

Generations: Captain Marvel & Captain Mar-Vell (2017) #1

Generations: Captain Marvel & Captain Mar-Vell (2017) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

The Avengers aren’t the only group of super heroes that have counted Carol as one of their best. In A-FORCE, Captain Marvel joins a new hero called Singularity to combat one of the most fearsome threats from across the multiverse alongside She-Hulk, Dazzler, Medusa, and Runaway Nico Minoru!

A-Force (2016) #1

A-Force (2016) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

The heartbreaking events of Civil War II presented some of the most challenging moments in Carol’s recent history. Compelled by ideology to fight her friend and ally Iron Man, the Marvel Universe plunged into a super hero war, leaving Captain Marvel’s professional and personal lives altered forever.

Captain Marvel (2016) #6

Captain Marvel (2016) #6

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Prior to that, the spacefarer solidified her position as one of Marvel’s greatest heroes in legendary writer Kelly Sue DeConnick and artist David Lopez‘s 2014 CAPTAIN MARVEL series. In this 15 issue run, Danvers comes to a crossroads with a new life and new romance before making a dramatic decision that sets her on a new course for the stars.

Captain Marvel (2014) #1

Captain Marvel (2014) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Finally, prepare for this July’s launch of the latest entry to the legend of Captain Marvel with writer Margaret Stohl and artist Carlos Pacheco‘s LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL! Carol Danvers was just a girl from the Boston suburbs who loved science and the Red Sox until a chance encounter with a Kree hero gave her incredible super powers. Now, she’s a leader in the Avengers and the commander of Alpha Flight.

…But what if there was more to the story? When crippling anxiety attacks put her on the sidelines in the middle of a fight, Carol finds herself reliving memories of a life she thought was far behind her. Uncover the true origin of Captain Marvel this summer!

Jump into these Carol Danvers stories—and thousands more from across the Marvel Universe—on Marvel Unlimited right now!

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Margaret Stohl and Carlos Pacheco tell the tale this July!

Today via ABC News, Marvel announced writer Margaret Stohl and artist Carlos Pacheco‘s LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL!

Carol Danvers was just a girl from the Boston suburbs who loved science and the Red Sox until a chance encounter with a Kree hero gave her incredible super powers. Now, she’s a leader in the Avengers and the commander of Alpha Flight. But what if there was more to the story? When crippling anxiety attacks put her on the sidelines in the middle of a fight, Carol finds herself reliving memories of a life she thought was far behind her.

You can’t outrun where you’re from—and sometimes, you have to go home again. But there are skeletons in Captain Marvel’s closet—and what she discovers will change her entire world…This is the true origin of Captain Marvel.

Life of Captain Marvel #1 Cover by Julian Tedesco

Get ready for the homecoming of Carol Danvers with Margaret Stohl and Carlos Pacheco’s LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 on July 4! And stay up-to-date with all the exciting news coming from Marvel Comics right here!

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Announcing Infinity Countdown tie-ins!

3…2…1…

This May, three new tie-ins join the expanding web of INFINITY COUNTDOWN.

Masterminded by writer Gerry Duggan, the race to wield infinite power kicks into high gear across the Marvel Universe with DAREDEVIL #1, CAPTAIN MARVEL #1, and a four-part DARKHAWK series!

Also released today is an Infinity Circuit map to help you track the evolving enigmas of the various Infinity Stones.

In writer Gerry Duggan and artist Chris Sprouse’s DAREDEVIL #1, Matt Murdock encounters the Mind Stone in the New York underworld. Can Daredevil keep an Infinity Stone’s power from wreaking havoc on the city?

Next, in CAPTAIN MARVEL #1, by writer Jim McCann and artist Diego Olortegui, Carol Danvers crosses the borders of reality for a mind-bending, cross-time adventure into Infinity Stone lore! Continuing the journey that’s taken her to another dimension into the clutches of Thanos and Nebula, Captain Marvel—in possession of the Reality Stone—returns to Earth, having contacted the Marvels of many worlds along the way…

And finally, following the Marvel Legacy event of DARKHAWK #51, the hero makes his return in a four-issue series from Chris Sims, Chad Bowers, and Gang Hyuk Lim! Spinning out of the war with the Fraternity of Raptors for the Power Stone, “The Hawk” is back to fight for justice for both New York and the world!

Don’t miss the first wave of INFINITY COUNTDOWN tie-ins coming to comic shops in May!

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Michele Bandini goes behind the scenes to discuss the art and influences for CAPTAIN MARVEL #128.

Let’s take a reality check-in with artist Michele Bandini and get an exclusive sneak-peek at pages from CAPTAIN MARVEL #128, out January 31. Carol Danvers is fighting tooth and nail to acquire the fabled Reality Stone, and we’d guess that with Bandini at her back, she’s got the edge on any competition…

Marvel.com: Michele, overall, who or what are your current artistic influences? When you look over the art for CAPTAIN MARVEL #128 with us, what occurs to you as a source for your work? 

Michele Bandini: There are too many talented artists out there! The first names that come to my mind are Olivier Coipel, Stuart Immonen, Chris Samnee, Ryan Ottley, James Harren, and Pepe Larraz, and while working on issue #128 I had several paperbacks on my desk, including:

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 5: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS by Brian Michael Bendis and Valerio Schiti

BLACK WIDOW VOL. 1: S.H.I.E.L.D.s MOST WANTED by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee

STAR WARS: KANAN THE LAST PADAWAN VOL. 1 by Greg Weisman Pepe Larraz

ALL-NEW X-MEN VOL. 1: YESTERDAY’S X-MEN by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen

THE UNWORTHY THOR by Jason Aaron and Olivier Coipel

CAPTAIN MARVEL VOL. 1: RISE OF ALPHA FLIGHT by Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters and Kris Anka

Marvel.com: Wow, what a lineup! So, when you got the script for #128, what things really jumped out at you in terms of what you could do with it?

Michele Bandini: I had the chance to draw characters like Thanos, Nebula, and the Guardians of the Galaxy in a whole new light, but thanks to Margie and Mark, my editors, I even got the chance to draw Spider-Man and a few other big names in a cameo. I grew up reading Spidey, so it was like a dream coming true!

Marvel.com: We can imagine. What was your favorite thing you got to design for the issue?

Michele Bandini: The Justice Hall sequence for sure, and Spidey’s cameo!

Marvel.com: Your art looks so cinematic with a lot of great horizontal views—is this a conscious thing? How do you approach layouts like this?

Michele Bandini: I love movies and I think this has some influence on my layouts, so it’s 50% unconscious, but I usually try to use horizontal panels to make the storytelling more “cinematic and fluid” as well. I think it depends on what you have to tell; vertical panels are perfect for fast sequences or presenting a character, but in the end the most important thing is always the storytelling. That is what you should always aim for.

Marvel.com: In that great splash of Carol sitting there in the preview art we have, you focus in with separate boxes on the overall panel. What was the decision-making process in that?

Michele Bandini: I wanted to build a zoom-out scene, so I decided to use that solution to keep the entire figure of Carol at the middle of each panel, with separate boxes to focus on her expression on panel #1 and on the power handcuffs on panel #3. In the script I had three separate panels, but with this solution I was able to build a more cinematic sequence, I think. Margie and my editors are so nice to let me experiment with different solutions. It’s teamwork—everyone adds something to reach the final product, and I’m very lucky to work with team like this!

Marvel.com: What’s it like for you when you see your finished art colored?

Michele Bandini: I’m stunned. Our colorist Erick Arciniega is unbelievable; he knows how to enhance my inks and everything looks better with his colors! We’ve been on the same wavelength since our first issue on this series, so he already knows what kind of light I imagine for scenes. He is super-talented.

Marvel.com: What’s the coolest thing for you about working with Margaret Stohl‘s scripts? In what ways does she work to inspire you?

Michele Bandini: Margaret writes interactions between characters so well. She is amazing in how she can describe all the feelings and the emotional path of each character. She puts a lot of funny scenes in, too—just look what she did with Groot! I had a lot of fun with this alternative universe, changing the typical aspect of our main characters.

Since the beginning of our collaboration, Margaret has given me a lot of advice and references, but at the same time left me free to add or change things, like we did with the cadets on the Band of Sisters storyline. Real teamwork. As I said, I’m really lucky to work with such a nice and talented crew.

You can pick up CAPTAIN MARVEL #128 on January 31!

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Key voice cast includes Dove Cameron, Chloe Bennet, Tyler Posey, Kim Raver and BooBoo Stewart.

Marvel Entertainment announced today, “Marvel Rising,” a brand-new, multi-platform animation franchise starring the next generation of Marvel heroes set to launch in 2018. The program will launch with six, four-minute digital shorts that spotlight Spider-Gwen with her new secret moniker, Ghost-Spider, and introduce audiences to the world of “Marvel Rising.” Following the shorts, a feature-length animated film, “Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors” will premiere later that year. Distribution partners for the content to be announced at a later date.

Meet the characters and all-star voice actors behind the all-new franchise “Marvel Rising” above.

The content features an all-star line-up of voice talent including Dove Cameron, Chloe Bennet, Tyler Posey, BooBoo Stewart, Kathreen Khavari, Milana Vayntrub, Cierra Ramirez, Kamil McFadden, Skai Jackson, Kim Raver, Ming-Na Wen, Steven Weber, and Dee Bradley Baker among others. Future stories and content are also being developed across Marvel’s digital and publishing platforms and will be announced at a later date.

“Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors” is a long-anticipated event, bringing together Marvel’s newest and beloved characters that have garnered major fan excitement over the last few years. Powered teens Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, Quake, Patriot, America Chavez, and Inferno join forces as an unlikely, but formidable crew of aspiring heroes. When a threat no one could have expected bears down on the Marvel Universe, this ragtag, untrained band of teens have no choice but to rise together and prove to the world that sometimes the difference between a “hero” and “misfit” is just in the name.

“Marvel characters are so relatable because they live in our world and face the same challenges we do. So I’m very excited that our Marvel Rising team of heroes is so inclusive, reflecting characters with different backgrounds, particularly a set of strong female leads that our young audience can connect with,” said Cort Lane, Marvel’s Senior Vice President of Animation & Family Entertainment.

Sana Amanat, Marvel’s Director of Content & Character Development, added, “This project is unlike anything we’ve done before—from featuring the rising and fan-favorite stars of the Marvel Universe, to a visually distinct animation style, this is a groundbreaking animated event. It’s an action-packed adventure, full of comedy, heart and powerful messages for every kind of Marvel fan.”

Meet the characters behind “Marvel Rising”:

Gwen Stacy aka Ghost-Spider (formerly Spider Gwen) voiced by Dove Cameron (“Descendants,” “Hairspray Live”) – a free spirited teen who found her calling to be a super hero after being bitten by a radioactive spider and gaining spider-like powers. As Ghost-Spider, she aids those in need, but has to keep her alter-ego a secret from her father, Captain George Stacy, who sees Ghost-Spider as more of a menace than a hero.

Daisy Johnson aka Quake voiced by Chloe Bennet (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Nashville”) – a leading agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. whose tendency for rule-breaking gets her into trouble now and then. Daisy befriends the young group of heroes and through them discovers how to become a better leader. She can generate powerful vibrational waves, which produce effects similar to earthquakes. 

Dante Pertuz aka Inferno voiced by Tyler Posey (“Teen Wolf,” “Lincoln Heights”) – a brooding, dark loner on the run. Dante has the power of pyrokinesis, which makes him capable of generating flames – however, he is not fully in control of his fiery abilities. It’s a thin line between good guy and villain for the unpredictable Inferno.

Victor Kohl aka Exile voiced by BooBoo Stewart (“Descendants,” “The Twilight Saga”) – a charming, handsome, and troublesome young Inhuman whose quest for superiority places him into the wrong crowd. He can use Darkforce energy to create weapons and portals that allow him to teleport.

Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel voiced by Kathreen Khavari (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” “Big Little Lies”)  – a devoted fan of Super Heroes, especially of her mentor Captain Marvel; she is determined that she too can be a great hero! If only she’d be taken seriously. Kamala is equipped with metamorphic powers that allow her to stretch, enlarge, or shrink her overall size, parts of her body, or alter her physical appearance. She is especially fond of “embiggening” her fists.

Doreen Green aka Squirrel Girl voiced by Milana Vayntrub (“Marvel’s New Warriors,” “This Is Us”) – the uber-positive, hilarious best friend and teammate of Ms. Marvel. With advanced computer skills, enhanced strength, agility, durability, and senses of a squirrel, Doreen (along with her squirrel partner, Tippy Toe!),  is primed and ready to become a successful hero.

America Chavez voiced by Cierra Ramirez (“The Fosters,” “The Secret Life of an America Teenager”) – a strong, independent young hero whose painful past drives her to reject leadership and remain a loner. America’s powers include superhuman strength, speed, and durability, plus the ability to fly.

Rayshaun Lucas aka Patriot voiced by Kamil McFadden (“K.C. Undercover,” “Grown Ups 2”) – a natural born leader who is quick to leap into action to impress his colleagues at S.H.I.E.L.D. Rayshaun strives to live up to Captain America’s legacy with integrity, honesty, and order above all. His skills include heightened strength, speed, stamina, and durability.

Gloria “Glory” Grant voiced by Skai JacksFron (“Bunk’d,” “Jessie”) – Gloria, or ‘Glory,’ is Gwen Stacy’s friend and member of their garage band “The Emm-Jays.” Gloria is a smart, hard-working girl that genuinely cares for Gwen, but has felt a distance growing between them ever since their friend, Kevin, was murdered. When being casual, Gloria’s known to be funny, sarcastic and sassy.

Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel voiced by Kim Raver (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “24”) – a bold leader who doesn’t sugar-coat and is guided by a strong sense of duty and honor. She’s the ultimate inspiration for our band of misfit heroes. She is equipped with superhuman strength, can fly at high speeds, and can project intense energy blasts.

Hala voiced by Ming-Na Wen (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Mulan”) – Hala is a Kree Accuser bent on galactic domination. She’ll go to any length or treacherous means to achieve what she, and the entire Kree race, wants: Power. Hala is cold, cryptic and nefarious, often challenging those who try to oppose her.

Captain George Stacy voiced by Steven Weber (“13 Reasons Why,” “NCIS: New Orleans”) – Chief of the NYPD and Gwen Stacy’s loving, but fiercely protective father. Captain Stacy is a very disciplined, hard-working man that will stop at nothing to obtain justice – who unfortunately sees Ghost-Spider as a menace and a threat to society. 

Lockjaw and Tippy Toe are voiced by Dee Bradley Baker (“Star Wars Rebels,” “Gravity Falls”). Two lovable and heroic sidekicks: Lockjaw is Kamala’s trusty, teleporting mutt and Tippy Toe is Doreen’s partner in crime and best squirrel friend.

“Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors” is executive produced by Joe Quesada, Dan Buckley, Cort Lane, and Eric Radomski; co-executive produced by Stan Lee, Sana Amanat, and Marsha Griffin. The film and shorts were written by Mairghread Scott. Alfred Gimeno served as supervising director.

For more information, check out “Marvel Rising” at www.Facebook.com/MarvelRisingwww.Twitter.com/MarvelRisingSW, and www.Instagram.com/MarvelRising

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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.

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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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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!

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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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