In 2015's The Force Awakens, audiences were introduced to the conflict between the Resistance, a band of freedom fighters composed of heroes from the original Star Wars trilogy, and the villainous First Order, the tyrannical military power that arose from the ashes of the Galactic Empire. The film climaxed with the heroes storming the First Order's super-weapon, Starkiller Base, and confronting the organization's leaders like Kylo Ren and General Hux, who escaped the base's destruction. Meanwhile, Captain Phasma, the Commander of the First Order's Stormtrooper legions, was believed dead, having been last seen as she was dumped into one of the Starkiller Base's garbage disposals.
The heroes of the Resistance are going to wish they made sure Phasma was dead, because the fearsome First Order Commander (played by Gwendoline Christie) will return with a vengeance this December in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This September, In Marvel Comics' Captain Phasma series, writer Kelly Thompson and artist Marco Checchetto will show how the character survived the destruction of Starkiller Base, and just how formidable of an opponent she can be. And it all counts; the five-issue story officially bridges the gap between The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
CBR spoke with Thompson about telling a story set against the backdrop of the new Star Wars film trilogy, her take on Phasma, the joy of collaborating with Checchetto, and the friends and foes their title character will confront as the series unfolds.
CBR: Kelly, you wrote the second annual for Marvel's Star Wars series, a story featuring Leia Organa, and now you're returning for Captain Phasma, a story that bridges the gap between The Force Awakens and December's The Last Jedi. How does that feel? What's it like to be writing a Star War series set in this time period?
Kelly Thompson: I think it’s pretty exciting for a writer no matter what Star Wars you get to contribute to, as it’s one of if not the most famous and beloved canon in fiction across all media. However, writing a story that effectively bridges the gap between two of the biggest films of all time is... well, it’s a huge honor and a huge responsibility. It’s honestly the kind of thing you can’t think about too much when you’re doing it or you’ll totally definitely choke. [Laughs]
What's your sense of Phasma when you pick up with her? What's her state of mind? And which aspects of her character are you interested in exploring? Will we learn more about her past as the series unfolds?
I think it’s safe to say Phasma is peak pissed after the events that landed her in the garbage chute. She’s definitely looking for payback, but she’s a very levelheaded and focused character, and she’s not going to let anger cloud her judgment.
The Phasma novel by Delilah S. Dawson is delving deeply into Phasma’s past, so that’s not something we’re really dealing with here, except in some parallels in the situations she finds herself in and in the sense that Phasma’s past certainly informs who she is today. Reading the novel is in no way required to understand our story, but I definitely think it brings extra layers to the experience.
Is Phasma the type of character that would allow us readers to know more about her? For instance, will we be allowed inside her head for inner monologues? And will we see her without her signature helmet?