The award-winning writer also describes how she tells the stories of complicated characters!
This week on Women of Marvel, Kelly Thompson sat down with Sana and Judy to get everyone excited about her upcoming WEST COAST AVENGERS series! The Eisner Award-winning writer has been in the Super Hero game for a long time and talked about creating her own versions of her favorite heroes as a kid. Plus: Any writer who knows Super Heroes knows how complicated their stories can be, and Thompson delves into writing for characters who operate in several shades of gray.
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Kelly Thompson and Oscar Bazaldua kick off the brand-new series this July!
It was the wedding of the century, but not the wedding anyone expected—and it all culminated with Marvel Comics’ most shocking twist in years! So make sure to read X-MEN: GOLD #30 before diving into all the mutant mayhem on its way this July with MR. AND MRS. X!
For months, fans waited, ready for the fateful day that Kitty Pryde would finally wed Colossus…only to find out that the much hyped-about wedding simply wasn’t meant to be…but for Rogue and Gambit it was!
On July 25, discover the next big chapter in the long and difficult history of Rogue and Gambit with writer Kelly Thompson and artist Oscar Bazaldua‘s new ongoing series!
Pre-order MR. AND MRS. X with your local retailer now! Don’t miss the fan-favorite mutants as they embark on new adventures starting July 25!
TWIM welcomes Skottie Young, Kelly Thompson, and Donny Cates!
This week was a big week at Marvel, and Ryan and Jamie are bringing you the best of it! In our very own New York City office, Marvel hosted a writers’ retreat where your favorite comics writers came up with the next phase of Marvel’s super-powered characters. While the writers were here, we had the chance to talk to a few of them including Kelly Thompson, who just announced her new WEST COAST AVENGERS run, and Donny Cates, who is starting VENOM #1! Ryan also has a chat with Skottie Young about his upcoming DEADPOOL #1!
Come for the writers, stay for the Picks of the Week, more Deadpool talk, and even more! Listen to the whole episode below!
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Hawkeye is getting the band back together -- but who's on the team this time?
Kelly Thompson—writer of HAWKEYE, ROGUE & GAMBIT, CAPTAIN PHASMA, and more—is getting ready to reassemble a Marvel team from decades past! This week, we’re excited to announce WEST COAST AVENGERS, written by Thompson with art by Stefano Caselli! The ’80s book is back for an ongoing series run with another super group of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and this time it has not one but two Hawkeyes!
The original West Coast Avengers was started by Clint Barton’s Hawkeye. This time around, Clint is joined by the current Hawkeye Kate Bishop and a few of their super powered friends! We talked with Kelly Thompson about what we can expect from the new WEST COAST AVENGERS and she had a lot to say about this wacky, disparate group finding a common thread:
“They all need and want something from being on that team together. Kate needs to help save LA, and she needs help to do that because villains have taken notice that there are no Super Heroes out there. I think there’s part of her that misses [being on a team] too. She’s been doing her own thing, on her own, and that’s cool. But she was the one, who, with no powers, was like ‘I’m leading the Young Avengers, I’m the boss.’”
As far as the original Hawkeye goes, Thompson says Clint is “trying to help Kate” but “doesn’t want to admit how much it’s fun for him to mentor.”
Other characters joining the West Coast fun are Gwenpool, whom Thompson describes as “a really weird X-factor” who will be going through some “really interesting” relationship developments; Quentin Quire, who is “always trouble,” but “clearly wants a family”; and Kate’s boyfriend Johnny, who is in “way over his head,” a situation that Thompson is very eager to explore.
But with every super group is a wild card, and according to Thompson, that wild card is America Chavez:
“I think America is the biggest question mark, and I think that’s something we’re excited to explore: Why does she come back to LA? Why does she come back to be with Kate? Does she miss [the group dynamic] too? Because America, she likes to play things a little close to the vest.”
Like the original West Coast Avengers, the team will be living together—but it’s not quite the same Tony Stark-funded flat that we saw in the ‘80s. Instead, to get funding, the team will be part of a reality show while living together under the same roof.
Will things stop being polite and start getting real? The new, ongoing series starts when WEST COAST AVENGERS #1 hits stores on Wednesday, August 22 so you can find out then! Make sure to visit your local comic book store and pre-order today!
Check out the full description of the first issue:
HAWKEYE (KATE BISHOP). HAWKEYE (CLINT BARTON). A guy named FUSE. Never have they ever been called “the big three” of…anything. And now here they are, reunited for, okay, well, it’s only the second time ever. Thank god they also brought AMERICA CHAVEZ, GWENPOOL and KID OMEGA. Wait. What? That’s right, it’s the new West Coast Avengers, son. And you better hope they can figure out how to save the world because BIG things are headed for the West Coast.
Rogue and Gambit writer Kelly Thompson joins the podcast!
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Kelly Thompson and Marc Guggenheim unite! Chris Claremont returns!
It’s almost time for Kitty Pryde and Colossus to tie the knot…but a Marvel Wedding is never a simple affair!
This May, take part in epic and adventurous stories written by Kelly Thompson and Marc Guggenheim! Plus, a wedding gift all on its own in the form of a brand-new Kitty Pryde story from legendary writer Chris Claremont, who returns to the X-Men just in time for the celebrations! But remember, when super heroes get together, mayhem ensues…and the X-Men are no exception.
“X-Men Weddings are always a big deal, if only because they’re so rare,” teases Thompson. “I think you probably have to go all the way back to X-MEN #30 in 1994—the wedding of Jean Grey and Cyclops—to get a wedding as potentially big as the wedding of Kitty Pryde and Colossus: two X-Men who’ve been around (and on again/off again) for literal decades.”
In this essential companion to the X-MEN: GOLD storyline “‘Til Death Do Us Part,” get a glimpse at Kitty and Peter’s march toward wedded bliss! It’s a celebration, Marvel style, with all the action, adventure, and surprises that we’ve come to know and love from Marvel’s merry mutants—and it’s only in comic shops this May!
The acclaimed writer joins the House of Ideas for new and exciting projects!
Marvel Entertainment is excited to announce that writer Kelly Thompson has joined the House of Ideas in an exclusive agreement!
Thompson’s stellar work on the HAWKEYE ongoing series, last year’s epic JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – CAPTAIN PHASMA, and the current fan-favorite ROGUE & GAMBIT limited series has captivated readers everywhere—and now she’s set to introduce her one-of-a-kind voice to new corners of the Marvel Universe.
“Marvel was truly my first love. So to be here today, not only writing for Marvel but ‘going exclusive’ with them, is the definition of a dream come true,” says Thompson. “I remember visiting Disney World as a teen and being so consumed by an issue of X-Men that was due to come out that I was checking newsstands like a girl possessed until I located it. So yeah, this is everything I always wanted.”
Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski agrees, “From the moment she turned in her first script, Kelly has continually brought big ideas, incredible energy, and endless enthusiasm to the Marvel Universe and every comic she’s had a hand in creating for us. We’re honored to now have her as part of the family here and could not be more excited for the fans to read the amazing adventures she’ll be taking our characters on next year—and beyond!”
In the coming months and at San Diego Comic Con this summer, Marvel will reveal more of Thompson’s exciting work. Until then, stay up-to-date with all of Kelly’s books on Marvel Unlimited and Marvel.com!
Writer Kelly Thompson explores the history of the villain called Eden!
Kate Bishop and Clint Barton just can’t seem to catch a break.
What should have been an intimate reunion between two friends recently became all-out chaos when a villain named Eden tried to shoot, stab, and bomb the heroes out of existence. Having first appeared in the pages of GENERATIONS: THE ARCHERS, the villain will continue to terrorize Kate and Clint on January 3 in writer Kelly Thompson and artist Leonardo Romero’s HAWKEYE #14!
We caught up with Thompson to talk about playing the long game with Eden, developing the character’s design, and taking the story to new heights.
Marvel.com: How long has the character of Eden been brewing in your head? Has she developed as you’ve worked on the book?
Kelly Thompson: Eden was definitely born of the Hawkeye GENERATIONS story—that’s what I created her for, but there ended up being so much happening in that book that I felt like we’d only scratched the surface of her potential. So I felt really excited when I saw a great, natural way to bring her back, this time as a bigger adversary.
Marvel.com: How did artists Stefano Raffaele and Leonardo Romero help develop the character, first in GENERATIONS and then in the ongoing?
Kelly Thompson: The original idea for Eden had her looking a lot like the ‘60s and ‘70s Black Widow, right down to the long red hair, for a couple story reasons we ended up jettisoning. But that’s such a great look that Stefano and I stuck with that design concept and just tweaked it a little bit, most notably her hair color to make sure she’d be easily recognizable if I brought her back.
And when I brought her back I told HAWKEYE series artist Leonardo Romero that he was free to do what he liked so long as he maintained the pale blue hair and kept her powers in mind. And I just love what he did. That white with the badass futuristic asymmetrical armor? So cool.
Marvel.com: What can you tell us about her motivation for coming at the Hawkeyes so hard in “Family Reunion”?
Kelly Thompson: Eden finds her motivations in grief and obsession. She’s lost someone she can’t live without and, rather than dealing with that, she’s looking for someone to blame. And super heroes make an easy target. Especially Clint, since he became the face of the resistance that got her city—and everything she loved—destroyed.
Marvel.com: Later on in the arc, Eden will join forces with Madame Masque. What brings them together besides having a shared enemy?
Kelly Thompson: The shared enemies thing will definitely be a big motivator—enemy of my enemy is my friend kind of thing—there’s a certain amount of convenience in there too. But I think they both have trauma in their pasts that’s causing them to lash out. But of everything Eden will do and face in this story, Masque’s presence may turn out to be the most…educational.
Marvel.com: How does it feel to add this new toy to the HAWKEYE sandbox?
Kelly Thompson: It’s always fun to get to add a cool character to the Marvel world. And Eden has a ton of potential. One of my favorite things about her is that she brings the best of both worlds with her—thanks to her power set you get a new character in Eden but also a whole bunch of classic characters. And playing with those two together, classic and new, is the most fun.
On January 3, get in on the “Family Reunion” fun with Kelly Thompson and artist Leonardo Romero’s HAWKEYE #14!
Kelly Thompson studies one of Marvel’s greatest relationships!
Few comic book couples have captured readers’ hearts like Rogue and Gambit.
The two mutants might seem perfect for each other, though over the years, a range of obstacles have pulled them apart. On January 3, however, writer Kelly Thompson and artist Pere Perez will unite the duo once again in ROGUE & GAMBIT #1! The five issue limited series sends Anna Marie and Remy LeBeau on a top secret mission, forcing them to dig deep into their shared past like never before.
We spoke with Thompson about pitching the series, examining the relationship, and filling in a few moments we’ve never seen!
Marvel.com: What do you remember being your first exposure to Rogue and Gambit as a couple? Do you recall what you thought of them at the time?
Kelly Thompson: Like a lot of fans of a certain age, my first exposure to Rogue and Gambit—and the X-Men—was “X-Men: The Animated Series.” I was immediately smitten with them as both individuals and as a sexy, but tragic couple. I think it’s fair to say they proved to be my biggest motivator in searching out comics, and I quickly fell in love with those too.
Marvel.com: Did you look back at their relationship in preparation for this book? Did any moments surprise you?
Kelly Thompson: I did a massive read and reread as I prepared the pitch. And I’ve continued rereading as I write. Part of the concept of our limited series does delve into Rogue and Gambit’s past, but in a really accessible continuity-light way. It was fun rediscovering things I loved—and some I’d forgotten from their past.
Definitely one of the most exciting things will be getting to show a few big “between the panels” flashback moments, including the first time Rogue and Gambit ever met—which if you can believe it, has never been seen before. As a super fan—and writer—it felt pretty incredible to be given that honor (and responsibility).
I had the idea to take on such a task, so if I don’t deliver it will be a little bit like I dug my own grave. Woo!
Marvel.com: What do you think makes Rogue and Gambit one of the most interesting couples in comics?
Kelly Thompson: I think, initially, a lot of the appeal of Rogue and Gambit—for good or ill—was the “will they/won’t they” tension of their relationship. And that’s a razor’s edge to dance on; it’s almost impossible to maintain that kind of tension and, as a result, I think they’ve suffered some particularly rough roads. But no matter what they have endured, they have undeniable chemistry on the page together…it’s palpable.
And of course they’re also extremely hot. That never hurts!
Marvel.com: What can you tell us about their undercover mission? How might it help rekindle things or drive them apart?
Kelly Thompson: The very nature of their mission demands that they face a lot of their old issues head-on, which brings out both love and resentment in them. I can’t really go into detail about the plot and how it functions, but if we’re successful, I think it really clears the field for them as a couple and gives them a chance for a fresh start…but we’ll have to see if they opt to take that chance.
Marvel.com: It sounds like issue #2 will feature an in-depth look at Gambit and Rogue’s history. How did it feel to compile and compress all of that emotion?
Kelly Thompson: Our story really functions on two levels, to my mind—on one hand it’s a pretty simple action-adventure story high on fun with some romance thrown in. And it’s very accessible for new or lapsed readers, despite all that history, thanks to some of the functions of the plot. But there’s also a separate, more esoteric layer for people interested in that kind of thing that I think has more to say about who they are (and have always been) as a couple and what that means for them. For their past and their future. In this way, I hope there’s something here for everyone.
Kick off the limited series with ROGUE & GAMBIT #1, by Kelly Thompson and artist Pere Perez, on January 3!
Kelly Thompson dishes on Clint Barton’s return!
In the pages of HAWKEYE, writer Kelly Thompson and artist Leonardo Romero have helped Kate Bishop grow into one of the Marvel Universe’s most fascinating characters. And in the new arc, titled “Family Reunion,” beginning with December 8’s HAWKEYE #13, her former partner Clint Barton makes his way out to Los Angeles to team-up with his old protégé!
We caught up with Kelly to explore the unique chemistry between Kate and Clint—and to see how his return may shape her future!
Marvel.com: Going into HAWKEYE #13, we’ve got a whole year’s worth of solo Kate adventures under our belt. What made you decide to bring Clint back now?
Kelly Thompson: Some of it came from the fact that I’ve wanted to get Clint into the book for a long time, but that we felt it would’ve been important to let Kate try to stand on her own first. So we’ve been building to their team-up again, almost since the beginning, putting Kate through a real emotional wringer where she really finds herself needing Clint’s help and her having grown enough that she’s actually willing to ask for that help.
Of course, a lot of books have started their Marvel Legacy arcs, so the timing ended up being perfect to get back to a Kate and Clint team up story.
Marvel.com: Where do you see their relationship standing as this new arc begins? How would you describe their chemistry and what fans can expect from this reunion?
Kelly Thompson: It’s become really overused—including by me!—but as far as I’m concerned, Kate and Clint together are magic. They have a wonderful chemistry on the page, a sort of brother and sister vibe where they love each other fiercely and would do anything for each other, but they also drive each other crazy. All of that dynamic, plus Kate and Clint sharing the classic Hawkeye traits of always getting into trouble and never giving up, leads to just really fun high-octane stories.
Our team—especially artist Leonardo Romero and colorist Jordie Bellaire—have been incredible from day one, but I have to admit that I really love what they’re doing with Kate and Clint together. It may be my favorite stuff of our whole run.
Marvel.com: The book has been very open about its noir influences. Have any films or novels in particular inspired this team-up?
Kelly Thompson: “The Thin Man” for sure and other classic noir like “The Big Sleep,” and “Double Indemnity.” But I’d say we’ve leaned a bit neo-noir like “The Nice Guys” and “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” too—a more modern approach to themes. There’s also of course an obvious “Veronica Mars” influence when you look at style and location and the sharp sense of humor we get from Kate. When developing the look of the book, and describing what we wanted, Jordie Bellaire said something like, “Oh. I get it. Classic Hollywood Film Noir meets ‘Miami Vice,’” and I feel like that’s…perfect.
Marvel.com: These two first became so inexorably linked on Matt Fraction and David Aja’s run on the title. Has bringing them back together made comparisons to that book more prevalent, or do you feel you’ve established a new identity for Kate?
Kelly Thompson: You know, it’s the absolute best and also worst thing to have to work in the shadow of Fraction, Aja, [artist] Annie Wu, and [colorist] Matt Hollingsworth’s amazing HAWKEYE run. They remain some of my favorite comics of all time, and it was clear to everyone that we had to cut our own path or we would indeed always be fully caught in their shadow.
So I think it was the right call to let Kate move to LA—something they originally set up—and to allow her to stand on her own for a while. But I think enough time has passed that it makes a lot of sense for Kate and Clint to share a book again. I think the fans really want it to, and for good reason, as I said, they’re magic together.
Marvel.com: Can you tease how this arc might affect Clint and Kate’s status quo going forward?
Kelly Thompson: I think getting them back together in a team-up reminds Clint and Kate of everything that’s so perfect about them working together…“the good ol’ days” if you will. But they’re also on different paths right now with a lot going on in their separate lives, so I’m not sure what the future holds.
Find out in HAWKEYE #13, from Kelly Thompson and artist Leonardo Romero, on December 6!