Captain Marvel is Based on Kelly Sue DeConnick's Comics Run

The upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film Captain Marvel will be based on Kelly Sue DeConnick's run on the series. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed this information at the 2018 Ryan Arts Be a Hero Fundraiser event.

“The history of Captain Marvel and is rather confusing,” said Feige an interview with Bionic Buzz. “But the one we're doing is based on Carol Danvers and in particular the Kelly Sue DeConnick run, which has only been around the last few years.”

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DeConnick wrote Captain Marvel from 2012 to 2015, encompassing volumes seven and eight of the character's ongoing and the limited series Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps. The Bitch Planet creator also wrote Avengers Assemble during this time, which featured Carol Danvers in its ensemble cast. DeConnick left the series post-Secret Wars, with her iteration of the character positively received by readers.

Granted, it should come as no big surprise that the film will draw from the DeConnick era. This is, after all, when Carol Danvers assumed the Captain Marvel mantle. It makes sense too given how much the early DeConnick storylines focused on Carol Danvers' past, offering a convenient well of material for her origin story in the film. The comment nevertheless narrows down the possible narrative inspirations for the film.

As with most Marvel series, DeConnick's run on Captain Marvel frequently crossed over with the complex continuity of the broader comics universe, so it is difficult to tell exactly what will be included in the film. Marvel has already announced that the film will be set in the 1990s, avoiding the current continuity in the MCU.

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However, as the teaser at the end of The Avengers: Infinity War suggests, the film may intersect more with the MCU than it first appears. Even its setting is in question: DeConnick's run was often grounded in its New York City setting, but later arcs featured more off-world adventures. The film will also involve a conflict between two alien species, almost certainly the Kree-Skrull Wars. A potential source might be the DeConnick-penned Captain Marvel/Avengers Assemble crossover “The Enemy Within,” a Danvers-focused story that features the Kree and has the potential to include many additional MCU characters.

Speculation aside, DeConnick's run has a great deal of lauded storylines from which the film can take inspiration. DeConnick has already praised Brie Larson's casting as Captain Marvel.

The film is scheduled to be released on March 8, 2019. Fans will have to wait and possibly re-read Kelly Sue DeConnick's run in the meantime to get their fill of Captain Marvel.

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