“Captain Marvel” is set to become Marvel’s first female superhero movie. Will it be the first movie to cast a comic book superhero as a villain as well?
Marvel has yet to release anything new about their upcoming movie. But, according to Comic Book Resources, Captain Marvel did recently appear in a teaser for Marvel NOW! She appeared in the image with Slapstick, one of Deadpool’s Mercs for Money. Marvel NOW! will explore the aftermath of the “Avengers vs. X-Men” story arc.
Meanwhile, comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis recently defended his decision to kill off a major Avenger in “Civil War II.” Spoiler Alert! The Avengers are caught in another civil war after War Machine is killed. Some critics took issue with his death. War Machine/James Rhodes is an African American. Critics think this plot point just followed the trope that black characters are dispensable in pop culture. “I’m not colorblind,” Bendis told iO9 Gizmodo. “I’m not whitesplaining or mansplaining.”
The Marvel writer said he did not kill Rhodes off for no reason. His character had to die in order to keep the story moving forward. “The one hurdle I had was the idea that [Iron Man and Captain Marvel] are both smart, good people… they’ve been through [the first] Civil War. What would make [these characters] throw the gauntlet down again?” Bendis explained. “The [central] idea is good but something personal would really help the audience get to that ‘they’re going to do it again’ thing. Do you know what I mean? They have to go the distance.” Rhodes is both Iron Man’s best friend and Captain Marvel’s romantic interest. His death would affect them both.
Can’t wait for more stories about Marvel’s Carol Danvers? “Civil War II” hits bookstores this month. “Captain Marvel” on the other hand is set to hit the big screen on July 6, 2018.