New CAPTAIN MARVEL Series 'Next Level' For Character

"Captain Marvel #1" cover by Kris Anka
Credit: Marvel Comics

Just days after Kelly Sue DeConnick announced she was leaving the Captain Marvel franchise, FastCompany is reporting that Agent Carter showrunners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas, along with artist Kris Anka, are relaunching the series this fall for "All-New All-Different Marvel." The new series will feature Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, as running a space station designed to be the first line of defense against alien threats to Earth.

"Marvel really wanted us to design what her mission is within the universe," says Fazekas. "We know what S.H.I.E.L.D.'s mission is, we know what the Avengers' mission is, we know what Guardians of the Galaxy's mission is. So how does Captain Marvel fit into all that?"

The inaugural arc of Captain Marvel will reportedly feature a ghost spaceship which finds itself on a trajectory for Earth.

Series editor Sana Amanat described the new status quo here as "the next level for Captain Marvel."

"Carol is really meant to be a soldier and a commander, and also a diplomat," said Amanat. "We're really trying to build up this space complex and this space world. You'll really feel like there's an extension of the Avengers world into space, but not necessarily lost out in the Guardians of the Galaxy cosmos. It's rooted in Earth but also an extension into the galaxy."

When asked about Captain Marvel taking up a mission similiar to the Marvel organization S.W.O.R.D., Amanat confirmed that it will not be around in the post-Secret Wars universe.

In addition to a new job for Carol Danvers, she'll also be geting a new look -- and a new hairdo.

"We've slightly modified her costume to kind of reflect her new status quo," says Butters. "There's been a lot of controversy about Carol Danvers' haircut. We really wanted to make sure it was consistent and streamlined. Last year I think a lot of people couldn't get her hairstyle—sometimes it was short, sometimes it was long—so we went in and designed exactly what she would look like. Kris really wanted to go shorter, because he felt it aligned with what her new look is all about."

"She's military," Fazekas adds. "She's not going to have this huge mane of hair. It needs to be practical."

Here is a look at Kris Anka's redesign for Captain Marvel, based on the previous design by Jamie McKelvie:

Credit: Marvel Comics
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