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31 July 2016
The more I think about it, the more I’m starting to believe that what Captain Marvel needs is a writer willing to do what Fraction did with Invincible Iron Man or Brubaker did with Captain America or even what Aaron is doing with his roster of Thor books. DeConnick did a really great job drawing on the early themes of Ms. Marvel + the stuff Brian Reed introduced to reconceptualize Carol, but now I think someone needs to take that concept and refine it in the context of plot-heavy stories – we need not only a writer willing to do comics-level psychological digging into the character but also someone who’s going to construct substantial, engaging arcs around Carol.

(Uh, maybe this is not “we need” so much as “I want”, but I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how Marvel has been using her in the comics, and I’m not convinced they’ve figured out the best way to push her as an A-list character.)

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24 July 2016
I’m completely on board with everyone who’s disappointed that Marvel Studios didn’t cast an older actress for Carol Danvers, but now that Brie Larson has been officially cast in the role, I think it’s really, really important to support her and the Captain Marvel movie for the same reason it’s important to support Gal Gadot and Wonder Woman. Both of these movies need to make money and be demonstrably successful for studios to be willing to bank on other woman-led superhero movies; it’s sexist and it sucks, but it’s a reality of our current and very broken Hollywood system.

DC and Marvel have collectively managed to field three movies about superheroines: 1984′s Supergirl, 2004′s Catwoman, and 2005′s Elektra. Movies like The Hunger Games has started to shift the paradigm, but we can’t assume success for Captain Marvel or Wonder Woman. Talk about how disappointed you are with Brie Larson or that studios won’t cast older actresses or that executives won’t allow actresses to bulk up for action roles – just don’t let any of that prevent you from buying a ticket.

(Also, Marvel did managed to snag a critically-acclaimed rising star for Carol, and that’s pretty excellent, too! None of this may be ideal, but it’s better than one more movie about a white guy named Chris. I’m hoping Black Panther and Captain Marvel are the start of a new trend, not end goals themselves.)
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08 July 2016
I’m excited to see what Margaret Stohl does with Captain Marvel, but I’m also a little concerned about how quickly the creative teams are cycling. I realize that’s a problem with Marvel as a whole right now (you get a relaunch! and you get a relaunch!), but there are plenty of books that seem to be retaining at least their writers through the new #1s.

On the other hand, I’m not surprised to see the series floundering after DeConnick’s departure. Marvel has an opportunity to let someone new shape Carol – but that requires not only a writer with the time to commit but also a willingness from Marvel to keep that writer on that book for the duration (with minimal disruptions from events, even!).

On the third hand, I am DISTRAUGHT TO SEE KRIS ANKA LEAVING. :((((
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07 July 2016
Six more books I would make happen as Marvel Editor-in-Chief:

Force Works
Jeremy Whitley & Ming Doyle

The next generation of Iron Men is here… or make that… Iron Women!? Join Riri Williams (a.k.a. IRON MAN), Toni Ho (a.k.a. IRON PATRIOT), and Lila Rhodes (a.k.a. WAR MACHINE) as they argue about the best distribution of Linux, ignore the advice of mentor Suzi Endo, and gear up to take on the world’s most wanted. And when Tony Stark returns from his relaxing vacation on Consistent Characterization Island, he has a problem only the newest incarnation of the Illuminati can solve… Guest starring Valeria Richards!

Kathryn Immonen & Aaron Lopresti

Quaint term your mom uses for her college buddies or indicator of two women in a romantic relationship? It’s up to you to decide as life partners Carol Danvers and Jessica Drew take on the world hand-in-hand. Join Captain Marvel and Spider-Woman as they (platonically?) plan a life, raise a kid, and assemble Ikea furniture together – and somehow find time for coffee dates in between thwarting Earth’s biggest threats!

Galactus, Herald of Franklin
Matt Fraction & Kenneth Rocafort

Universal scourge Galactus is getting by with a little help from his friends – Franklin Richards and Franklin Richards! When Franklin Richards travels back to the past to spend time with his younger self, he doesn’t expect his future partner-in-crime to follow him, but Galactus isn’t about to let Franklin and Franklin have all the fun! And when Franklin and Franklin accidentally create a pocket universe populated entirely by shrimp, Galactus’s hunger might be the only solution…

Val ‘n’ Victor
Jonathan Hickman & Stephanie Hans

Valeria Richards and Uncle Doom are up to no good… or are they? Even supergeniuses need time to relax, and that’s why Val ‘n’ Victor start their quest to sample ice cream from all fifty of NOW Magazine’s top ice creameries. Follow Marvel’s most strangely charming avuncular duo as they ponder the mysteries of life, the universe, and everything over two scoops of their favorite flavor in this comic guaranteed to be short on action and long on dialogue!

Honey, I Corrupted the Kids
Marguerite Bennett & David Lopez

Why do the Richards children keep adopting supervillains? Marvel powerhouse Sue Storm and her husband Noodle Husband are on the case! Plus, join Sue as she investigates why Noodle Husband’s hugs are the best and also the creepiest. You won’t want to miss the book called “face-slappingly satisfying” by Readers Against Namor and “kind of okay” by critics everywhere!

Luke Cage: Baby Holder
Al Ewing & Brittney Williams

It’s tough work, but someone has to appear in the background panels of Jessica Jones’s comic to hold the baby, and Power Man is the man for the job! When he isn’t fighting crime with his BFF, Luke Cage is looking to be the best dad out there – and he knows that means keeping Danielle out-of-the-way but still visible lest readers forget case-crackin’ P.I. Jessica Jones also has a husband and kid. Hailed as “Marvel’s most sedentary series”, this is the ground-breaking run that dares to revolve around handsome men cuddling cute babies!
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12 June 2016
Here are six books I would make happen if I supplanted Axel Alonso at Marvel.

Tony Stark: Iron Man
Kelly Sue DeConnick & David Marquez

You asked for it and we answered – here’s an intense study of Tony Stark as he tinkers with his armor, banters with his A.I., and engineers a better filing system! Noted for its close attention to character continuity, this is the book that dares to put Tony’s demons to rest so he can finally get a good night’s sleep and I can stop worrying about him. Features a mysterious girlfriend who may or may not be a resurrected Rumiko Fujikawa and introduces Lila Rhodes as Tony’s protégé. James Rhodes appears in alternating issues!

Gambit and Storm vs. the World
Marjorie Liu & Kris Anka

In an effort to reconnect with an old friend, Ororo Munroe takes some time off from the X-Men to help Remy Lebeau with the start-up cat shelter he runs out of an abandoned Catholic church. When one of the cats goes missing, it’s up to Ororo, Remy, and guest-star Laura Kinney to track the feline to a sinister location… (Spoiler alert: the cat is unharmed!)

Captain Marvel Team-Up
Greg Rucka & Valerio Schiti

Carol Danvers is traveling the country to revisit her past and reclaim her lost memories – and it looks like she’s going to need some help! Watch as she works with Ms. Marvel, Wolverine, War Machine, Hulkling, and more to stop evil, do good, and break every speed record on the books. Did we mention that each issue ends with Carol splitting a tub of ice cream with her guest-star as they celebrate how great it feels to heal from emotional trauma? You better believe it!

Foggy Nelson, Avocado at Law
Mark Waid & Fiona Staples

Join Foggy Nelson, Marvel’s most decent attorney, as he takes on the biggest case of his life: convincing his best friend to listen to him! It’s an uphill battle, but someone’s gotta persuade Matt Murdock that his office doesn’t have to be at the bottom of an abandoned elevator shaft – and Foggy, armed with forgiveness, self-care packages, and the number of a good therapist, is just the guy to do it!

War Machine Rox
Ales Kot & Marcio Takara

Jim Rhodes, a.k.a. WAR MACHINE, is finally taking back the respect he deserves! This ground-breaking series challenges Rhodey to outfly and outgun Earth’s biggest threats while still making enough time to give the Young Avengers flight lessons and bake his niece a birthday cake. And is that the president asking Rhodey to put together his own hand-picked task force? You’ll find out in one of the next eighty issues!

Hawkeye Does America
Chelsea Cain & Annie Wu

Kate Bishop (Hawkeye, not Hawkguy) roams the country in her convertible while righting wrongs, sampling regional cocktails, and flirting aggressively with Miss America (Chavez, that is). Guest-stars Clint Barton (Hawkguy, not Hawkeye) and Pizza Dog in a sporadic backup feature where they call Kate for advice on how to complete basic household tasks!
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Title: Corrective Measures
Characters: Sheldon/Penny
Wordcount: 700 words
Summary: Carol is 5'11". Penny is 5'6".
Notes: Written for Jess and Ish in the 2015 Secret Skraw exchange.

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Title: High Flight
Pairing: Carol/Rhodey, implied Tony/Steve
Wordcount: 7k
Summary: In the absence of memory, Carol learns about falling.
Notes: I've always wanted to know more about the period between Carol losing her memories and the Avengers flying off to fight the Builders; this is an attempt to explore that microcosm, although it plays fast and loose with the timeline and ignores all the stuff I don't care about (like Frank Gianelli—sorry, Frank). Title, excerpts, and inspiration all come courtesy of John Gillespie Magee, Jr., who wrote the poem High Flight. Magee was an RCAF officer who died in 1941, when his Spitfire collided with another plane. Beta work comes courtesy of Lotte, who is a totally delightful human being and also pretty excellent at spelling.

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Iron Man: Execute Program: I really like this arc. It does a better job of exploring Tony's motivation than a lot of the other Civil War stuff does, the pacing is decent, and I'm happy any time Maya or Sal show up. (The part where Tony grumpily interrupts a conference on how to take him out while he's wearing a bathrobe is also pretty great.) I also like that almost immediately after Extremis is introduced, it gets turned on its head and pulled apart. Still not sure how I feel about the idea that Yinsen implanted a device in Tony's brain, but, y'know, there's also the part where Tony stops his heart to save Steve, which is fuel for at least two dozen hurt/comfort stories, so there's that.

Avenging Spider-Man #9-10: When these first came out, I took the issue to my hairdresser, pointed at Carol, and asked to have my hair cut like that. In retrospect, what a great choice -- Dodson's Carol is adorable. DeConnick also does such a snappy job of writing Peter that I'd like to see her try her hand at a Spider-Man book. This wouldn't have been the place to explore Carol's relationship with her family, but I wouldn't mind a little more of that; it's hard to imagine she was flying up to Boston for any other reason.

Captain Marvel (1989) #1: This is a oneshot starring Monica Rambeau, and it's AMAZING. Whenever I see the argument on Tumblr about Monica Rambeau and the upcoming Captain Marvel movie (one side of which is always, "Why is this movie about Carol and not Monica?" and the other of which goes, "Monica had no real connection to the name and hasn't used it for years"), I can't help but think that sure, maybe Monica didn't have the same link to Mar-Vell as Carol, but it wouldn't have been all that hard to work something in. Anyway, the real point here is that Hollywood has failed by not moving forward with movies about both Monica and Carol or possibly that this issue is the greatest thing. I was totally won over by, like, panel three, just because Monica's characterization is that wonderful, but THEN Monica goes back aboard an exploding ship to rescue Villain #1, and THEN Moonstone arrives on the scene, and THEN Villain #3 is an ARMORED WOMAN, and -- this was my favorite part -- THEN Rhodey shows up out of nowhere wearing a purple sweater to hand Monica a device that magically helps her win the day. 5/5 stars. Also, I'm terribly glad that comics switched to glossy pages over newsprint.

Iron Man 2.0: Speaking of Rhodey! My first purchase from In Stock Trades was this run, so the series is totally new to me. It gets off to a strong start, but then, like many of Rhodey's books, it's derailed by an event (in this case, Fear Itself) and has to rush through the rest of the plot because of a premature cancellation. I learned that Suzi Endo is underused, that no creator can stifle the come-hither looks Tony shoots Rhodey, and that Marine service uniforms are a weird olivey-brown color. What would happen if Suzi met Lila Rhodes? I don't know, but I desperately want to find out.
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Title: Comeback
Pairing: Carol Danvers/Jessica Drew
Wordcount: 2k
Notes: Written [ profile] moriann in the 2014 Rare Pair exchange. Many thanks to my beta, who would probably never use punching a dinosaur as an excuse to bail on our coffee date!
Summary: Oh, it does wonders for Jessica's anxiety when her sort-of ex decides to cope with laser-guided amnesia by kidnapping her for a mysterious road trip. (Way to be a team player, Carol.)

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Title: Excelsior
Characters: Carol Danvers (implied Carol/Rhodey)
Wordcount: 1600
Notes: Written for Not Prime Time 2014, with many thanks to Lotte for her help. No cars were harmed in the making of this story.
Summary: Carol Danvers, a coffeehouse, and an exclusive.

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Title: Live Kree or Die
Characters: Carol/Jessica, F!Tony/Steve
Summary: Baby cages. They're a real thing. Do you doubt the spectacular Spider-Woman?
Notes: As of last week, I have held a baby, so I'm pretty qualified to write this thing. Sequel to Clint Barton, Boy Detective. Title by Kurt Busiek, ringtone by Nerf Herder, panel courtesy of New Avengers Vol. 1.

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21 May 2012
On a scale of yearning from one to one hundred, where forty is a Gambit movie, sixty is a Cable and Deadpool movie, ninety is the rights for Spider-Man reverting to Marvel Studios, and three hundred is a Captain America / Iron Man Wedding Spectacular miniseries, my desperation for a Carol Danvers film is approximately nine thousand.

Via DC Women Kicking Ass: Quesada reports that the script for a Ms. Marvel movie is ready to go.

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19 March 2012
And then, after six thousand fervent wishes, Carol Danvers became Captain Marvel.


Better yet, the new series is being written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, and while I've not read her Norman Osborn mini, she wrote a fantastic one-shot about Sif a couple of years ago. She and costume designer Jamie McKelvie have started by putting Carol in a new costume that covers her from neck to toe, and while I did find the old red sash terribly dashing, I have to say that they're starting off on the right foot.

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The Avengers (a great opportunity to introduce Carol!)
Iron Man 3 (a great opportunity to introduce Carol!)
Thor 2 (possibly an opportunity to introduce Carol!)
Ant-Man (a great opportunity to introduce Carol!)
Guardians of the Galaxy (I...what?)
The Inhumans (what?)
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Title: Costumes Optional, Reservations Required
Characters: Jessica Drew/Carol Danvers
Summary: A slice of superheroine life: Carol and Jessica go on a date. Shameless, shameless fluff.
Notes: Written for the prompt "Carol Danvers/Jessica Drew, date night" at [ profile] heroines_fest. Set some nebulous period after Siege.

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