Fazekas and Butters Board Captain Marvel's New Space Station As Writers of New Arc
Big happenings in the world of Carol Danvers, the former fighter pilot, turned superhero called Ms. Marvel… who is now known as Captain Marvel. Although Danvers has been in the Marvel Universe since the 1960s, she rose to prominence in 2012 through a particularly inspiring series written by Kelly Sue DeConnick. Although DeConnick’s run is ending so she can focus on other projects, the Carol Corps can breathe a sigh of relief: Marvel has tapped Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas to pen the new storyline. Butters and Fazekas are the showrunners for ABC’s Agent Carter television show.
The new Captain Marvel arc takes place after Marvel’s line-wide Secret Wars storyline, which will alter the fates of all of Marvel’s characters. Captain Marvel will be in charge of a new space station, where she will defend the earth from all of its extraterrestrial foes. “This is really meant to be the next level for Captain Marvel,” said series editor Sana Amanat. “Carol is really meant to be a soldier and a commander, and also a diplomat. 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.”
Although the end game of Secret Wars is not known, the assumption is that Marvel wants to bring its comic stories into alignment with its popular movies (except for the Sony-Marvel collaboration on Spider-Man). If this is the case, it’s not hard to see how Captain Marvel’s life will intersect with the Guardians of the Galaxy. There is also the matter of a Captain Marvel movie, which will be the subject of intense speculation and scrutiny, because of course it will.
The adjustments made by Fazekas and Butters include giving Captain Marvel a sleek new short haircut. The cut was controversial (is there ANYTHING regarding female superheroes that does not become controversial????), but Fazekas and Butters have explained the reason for the change. “She’s military,” says Fazekas. “She’s not going to have this huge mane of hair. It needs to be practical.” Duh- she’s saving the galaxy, people, not preparing for an appearance on Kelly and Michael.
Marvel’s decision gives the seal of approval to Fazekas and Butters, who now have the opportunity to shape two of Marvel’s most popular emerging heroines.