Prolific creator Jamie McKelvie, known for his seminal work on characters like Captain Marvel and the Young Avengers, brings the WWII superhero to the forefront in CAPTAIN CARTER (2022), an all-new five-part limited series numbers with increased featured artist Marika Cresta. And, McKelvie also created an all-new look for Captain Carter, signaling a major change for the hero lost in battle decades before. Cities are noisier, technology is smarter, and enemies wear friendly faces. In today’s world, everyone with an agenda wants Captain Carter by their side. But what does Peggy want?
On March 4, tune in This Week in MarvelMarvel’s flagship podcast series, for McKelvie’s exclusive interview with the hosts Ryan Penagos and Lorraine Cink. He’ll share details about his new designs, what readers can expect from CAPTAIN CARTER, and his collaborations with series artist Marika Cresta.
Grab some highlights here!
ON HIS OWN COMIC INFLUENCES
“I was in Cardiff with my family because all my family is Welsh, and I went to a comic book store there and bought a book – an X-Men book called ‘From the Ashes’, who is the [collection] from most Paul Smith / Chris Claremont series of UNCANNY X-MEN (1963). I mean, I probably think always it has a huge influence on me. This book blew me away. So yeah, I still have it, but it’s like falling apart because it’s years old. All I saw was Arthur Adam’s cover…”
ON THE RESPONSE TO HIS 2012 CAPTAIN MARVEL DESIGN:
“I wish I could put that into words. I mean, obviously, it’s amazing. I remember the first American [convention] I went there after that. I think it was in New York, and within 10 minutes of entering I saw one or two people dressed in the character. And I’ve seen so many this weekend. It was kind of like the first idea that said, “Oh, that’s, you know, that went well.” Then, right after the movie was released, everything was mind-blowing. Seeing the kind of impact it has on people has been really amazing.
ON THIS ALL NEW CAPTAIN CARTER LOOK:
“Obviously he’s a soldier, [a] WWII super soldier. In the story we tell, it is designed for her by a government agency that feeds [the look] also, because it’s not just about her, it’s also about their intentions. But she is as she is: Peggy has a military background. So I was looking at modern combat dress, its practicality. There have been things that the last two Olympic outfits have done, Team GB (Great Britain), [taking] colors and shapes and sort of deconstruct them. Because one of the things when you watch Captain America, he doesn’t just have a flag of the United States on him, you know, his costume is sort of deconstructed. So it was that kind of thought process.
And then she still has those kind of combat pants, with the same kind of colors like red piping. And then she has these pretty tough red boots and red mittens. And she has these captain pips stylized like some sort of British Army captain’s badge. And it has pockets and pouches, which is very important!