CAPTAIN MARVEL To Relaunch in 2017 with Bestselling YA Author

Captain Marvel #1
Credit: Dave Johnson (Marvel Comics)
Credit: Dave Johnson (Marvel Comics)

Captain Marvel is being relaunched with a new #1 in early 2017, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The new series will be written by Young Adult prose novelist Margaret Stohl, who has written several short stories for Marvel anthologies as well as the prose novel Black Widow: Forever Red. Stohl will be joined by Astonishing Ant-Man artist Ramon Rosanas.

“It’s fun to be at this moment where you’re getting to introduce the people beyond the comics fans to this powerful woman,” said Stohl.

According to the Hollywood trade, this new series "is intended to trampoline the character off from her fictional limelight moment during the still-ongoing mini-series Civil War 2, in which the character gains planet-wide popularity as she squares off against Iron Man."

THR goes on to say that following Civil War II, Captain Marvel will "become the most well-known hero in the Marvel Universe, a household name who is realizing that with popularity also comes pain."

This could portend somewhat the conclusion of Civil War II, especially given the news earlier this week that following the event series Tony Stark would be stepping down as Iron Man.

“She will be one of the most popular heroes on the planet—but that’s not something she is very comfortable with,” said Stohl. “And of course she’s lost a lot of folks that she’s loved so she has to cope with that, too. That being said, she still has a job to do as commander of the Alpha Flight. Her latest mission being recruiting and training new cadets (which will give us some fun supporting cast members). It’ll also bring with it a mysterious danger that will threaten everything Carol has built.”

The Captain Marvel series just relaunched with a new #1 in March 2016 following Secret Wars, with Agent Carter showrunners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas and artist Kris Anka. The two writers left sooner than scheduled however, leading to Christos and Ruth Gage being enlisted to write the stories leading up to and into the Civil War II crossover issues. This 2017 Captain Marvel title will be the fifth relaunch in five years for the title since Carol Danvers became Captain Marvel in 2012.

Stohl told THR that this 2017 relaunch will be different because the character is different than before.

“She can't undo the events of Civil War II, and those events will have changed everything -- most of all Carol herself,” said Stohl. "Captain Marvel has suddenly become a household name -- so what now? While she finds herself at the top of her game, she'll also discover that being there means that game is more dangerous and complicated than ever.”

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