Yesterday we learned that Kelly Sue DeConnick will not continue on Captain Marvel when the title returns after Secret Wars --- an unsurprising move given her creator-owned successes and her increasing involvement in movie and TV production through her Milkfed Criminal Masterminds shingle. Today we've learned who'll replace her on the next iteration of Captain Marvel; the writing team of Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas, best known to Marvel fans as the showrunners on the Agent Carter TV show. They're joined by artist Kris Anka, who also worked with the writers on a tweaked costume design for the captain.

Butters and Fazekas are new to comics, but their shared writing credits include not only the Agent Carter finale, "Valediction," but also episodes of Hawaii Five-0, Dollhouse, Reaper, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Speaking to FastCompany, which ran the official announcement, series editor Sana Amanat outlined Carol Danvers' new role in the Marvel Universe as a first line of defense against alien threats to Earth. "This is really meant to be the next level for Captain Marvel. 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."

 

Kris Anka

 

The new costume is an adaptation of Jamie McKelvie's popular design for the character, with short gloves and foot guards, and a pouch belt rather than a sash. Also noticeably shorter; Carol's hair. Artists struggled to capture Jamie McKelvie's short-on-the-sides style for Danvers, which was meant to allow her to wear her hair up or down, so she often ended up with a fairly generic superheroine blowout. The clipped look should create greater consistency.

The recent Captain Marvel books have generated a passionate fanbase that's as much tied to Kelly Sue DeConnick as to Carol Danvers, but Marvel must be hoping that the fans stay with the book, as the publisher is heavily invested in the character as a marquee hero. A Captain Marvel movie is scheduled for a November 2018 release.

 

 

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