Captain Carter debuts next month from Marvel, Jamie McKelvie reveals 1990s Marvel UK characters will feature

Captain Carter, the fan-favourite character featured in Marvel Studios’ What If on Disney +, reports for duty in her very own comic series next month – and there have been hints it will feature some 1990s Marvel UK characters from its creator, Jamie McKelvie.

Captain Carter #1

Jamie McKelvie, known for his defining work on characters like Captain Marvel and the Young Avengers, is set to bring this Marvel super hero to the forefront of Marvel Comics canon, writing the series and designing the character’s brand-new look. McKelvie will be joined by rising star artist Marika Cresta, known for her recent work on Star Wars: Doctor Aphra.

Launching on 9th March 2022, the five-issue limited series will introduce this World War Two hero in an adventure that will find Peggy Carter as a woman out of time, facing the reappearance of an old foe in modern day and deciding what she stands for as the wielder of the shield.

In the series, in a reality where Agent Peggy Carter took the Super-Soldier Serum instead of Steve Rogers, is turned upside down when the World War Two hero is pulled from the ice where she was lost in action decades before. Peggy struggles to find her footing in a modern world that’s gotten a lot more complicated – cities are louder, technology is smarter and enemies wear friendly faces. Everyone with an agenda wants Captain Carter on their side, but what does Peggy want? And will she have time to figure it out when mysterious forces are already gunning for her?

Marvel recently released a trailer revealing the all-new Captain Carter, featuring never-before-seen artwork.

“I’m as big a fan of the Captain Carter we’ve seen onscreen as anybody, so I jumped at the chance to create our own version,” says McKelvie. “I’m having a great time exploring what it would be like for Peggy to wake up nearly 80 years after the end of the war.

“The world remembers the myth of Captain Carter, but to Peggy the reality was just yesterday. Now she finds herself in a nearly unrecognisable new world, how does she fit in? Can she be the Super Hero people want her to be?

“Exploring these questions has been really exciting, and I love the world Marika and I have come up with. I can’t wait for people to see Marika’s pages – there’s so much life and energy to Peggy and the rest of the cast, and the action scenes are stunning.”

“There’s a whole load of story meat in the premise that interests me,” McKelvie also told SYFY WIRE. “It’s almost 80 years since the end of World War Two. That’s a big difference to the 20 years Steve Rogers was in the ice in the original comics timeline. It’s a huge gap, and so much has changed since then. Even the decade since MCU Cap woke up has seen a lot of big shifts in the world.

In an another interview on the Marvel web site, discussing the series and Captain Carter’s evolved look, McKelvie teased “the focus is on Peggy, but it’s really fun to mess around.

“I’m bringing back a few of the Marvel UK characters from the ‘90s,” he revealed, “So I guess a few of those sorts of nods coming in, like 80s Captain Britain.

Captain Carter’s 21st century design by Jamie McKelvie. Image: Marvel
Captain Carter’s 21st century design by Jamie McKelvie. Image: Marvel
Character ink designs for Peggy Carter, and additional cast, by Marika Cresta. Image: Marvel
Character ink designs for Peggy Carter, and additional cast, by Marika Cresta. Image: Marvel
Captain Carter’s 21st century stealth suit design by Jamie McKelvie. Image: Marvel
Captain Carter’s 21st century stealth suit design by Jamie McKelvie. Image: Marvel

“I brought S.T.R.I.K.E. back, which is sort of like the British equivalent of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” he further teases, referring to the secret agency first seen in Captain Britain Weekly, back in the 1970s, “And there’s a few other characters that I don’t want to mention! Yeah, it’s been really fun, reimagining things. Like a Super Hero spy thriller in a way. So it’s not all cosmic events and everything, but it’s quite exciting. Mystery. A lot of action!”

Big Time Collectibles and The 616 Comics variant Captain Carter cover by David Nakayama | Head to bigtimecollectibles.com or the616comics.com Limited copies available
Big Time Collectibles and The 616 Comics variant Captain Carter cover by David Nakayama | Head to bigtimecollectibles.com or the616comics.com Limited copies available
Rian Gonzalez Captain Carter cover. “I loved working on this,” the artist said on Twitter.
Rian Gonzalez Captain Carter cover. “I loved working on this,” the artist said on Twitter.

This news may delight those championing #Overkill30 on social media, fans backed by creators like Liam Sharp and myself, who have politely been asking Marvel for some kind of celebration of both 50 years since the debut of Marvel UK as a brand (later absorbed into Panini); and 30 years since Paul Neary spearheaded the “Genesis 1992” project, launching several UK superheroes, including Dark Angel and revamping Knights of Pendragon.

• Don’t miss this unforgettable new Marvel saga when Captain Carter #1 hits stands on 9th March 2020

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• On 4th March 2022, tune into This Week in Marvel, Marvel’s flagship podcast series, for McKelvie’s exclusive interview with hosts Ryan Penagosand Lorraine Cink. He’ll share details about his new designs and what readers can expect from Captain Carter

CAPTAIN CARTER #1 (OF 5)

Written by JAMIE MCKELVIE
Art by MARIKA CRESTA
Cover by JAMIE MCKELVIE
Design Variant Cover by JAMIE MCKELVIE

On Sale 9th March 2020

Captain Carter #1 Design Variant Cover by Jamie McKelvie
Captain Carter #1 Design Variant Cover by Jamie McKelvie

WOMAN OUT OF TIME?

A reality where Agent Peggy Carter took the Super-Soldier Serum is turned upside down when the World War II hero is pulled from the ice where she was lost in action decades before.

Peggy struggles to find her footing in a modern world that’s gotten a lot more complicated – cities are louder, technology is smarter and enemies wear friendly faces. Everyone with an agenda wants Captain Carter on their side, but what does Peggy want? And will she have time to figure it out when mysterious forces are already gunning for her?

Prolific comics creator and designer Jamie McKelvie teams with rising star Marika Cresta to tell an unforgettable Captain Carter story for a modern age.

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CAPTAIN CARTER #2 (OF 5)

Written by JAMIE MCKELVIE
Art by MARIKA CRESTA
Cover by JAMIE MCKELVIE

On Sale from 13th April 2022

Captain Carter #2 cover by Jamie McKelvie
Captain Carter #2 cover by Jamie McKelvie

‘WOMAN OUT OF TIME’ CONTINUES!

Captain Carter is back, and now the whole world knows it! Reeling from her new celebrity status, Peggy teams up with S.T.R.I.K.E. to investigate the sudden resurgence of Hydra, but something doesn’t feel quite right. Can Peggy trust what she’s being told, or is someone trying to use her as a high-profile pawn in a game she doesn’t yet understand?

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UPDATE (Monday 14th February 2022): Hands up who’s spotted Captain Carter’s shield in the poster for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness? The film hits cinemas from 6th May

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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