While I eagerly awaited news on the upcoming X-Treme X-Men teaser (which I’ll touch on tomorrow when I have more time), Marvel’s Talk to the Hat panel at WonderCon brought more info to the teaser of Captain Marvel. My fear that a retread of the failed attempt(s) to reboot the long-dead Captain were unfounded, as instead they revealed that Carol Danvers, the longtime Ms. Marvel would finally be getting the title of Captain Marvel, complete with a new look.
The astute reader will immediately see the problem with this image.
Ms. Marvel, amongst low B-league Marvel characters, has actually kept one of the more well-known, albeit ridiculous costume designs from the 70’s.
I’m quite familiar with Ms. Danvers here, as she’s kept this look for quite some time. And honestly, I had no idea who the new Captain Marvel was when I saw the initial drawing. They’ve removed three parts from Carol’s look that are most identifiable: the mask, the long hair, and the lack of pants.
I have a feeling the outrage over this redesign will mirror the covering of Power Girl’s cleavage, and I have to say that while ‘outrage’ is not the word, I’m certainly disappointed with this redesign. For one, the thought of launching a new Carol Danvers series is not exactly a good idea, being that the last one only lasted a couple of years despite being actually very good. But to try again without having the character being easily identifiable? That seems like a recipe for disaster.
The short hair gives her an early 90’s Sue Storm mullet feel, the lack of a domino mask is probably something only I care about, and the addition of pants is something that’s just asking for fan hatred. After all, that means we won’t be getting anymore Frank Cho-style butt shots.
I suppose we’ll see how it turns out.