• Alpha Flight To Be Part Of New Captain Marvel Series? *UPDATED*

    This weekend saw Long Beach Comic Con take place and a few whispers spread through the internet after Saturday afternoon's spotlight panel on Captain Marvel with writers Tara Butters & Michele Fazekas and artist Kris Anka, about Alpha Flight appearing in the title...

    The fit seemed a strange one, and possibly a miscommunication of a similar named squadron given Danvers' air force background however we've had confirmation on twitter that the rumours are correct!


    Captain Marvel relaunches in January with Agent Carter showrunners Butters & Fazekas, and artist Kris Anka who previously redesigned Puck for his Uncanny X-Force run.

    No transcripts of the panel have been released yet, so we don't know who to expect in it, or to what extent, but with the Captain Marvel film on the horizon this could be the biggest exposure for the Flight in a long time!



    Marvel solicitations for January are due in a months time, so we may find out more then, but failing that NYCC looks like the place to be!

    UPDATED SEP 14th

    Comic Book Resources have published an account of the panel with the following of note:

    This mission involves Carol being on a space station above Earth -- with some unexpected teammates. "One of the things that's exciting about the space station,"Butters said, "is Carol is starting to be Earth's first line of defense -- on the station with Alpha Flight."

    Though the writers couldn't say much about the Canadian super team's role, they did go into more detail about another character who will be appearing: Abigail Brand...
    UPDATED SEP 15th

    Video of the panel follows below, thanks to Game In My Vein. Alpha Talk begins at 1:25 :

    Comments 34 Comments
    1. Alphan East's Avatar
      Alphan East -
      I'm cautiously optimistic.
    1. Phil's Avatar
      Phil -
      So am I.

      A lot of Alpha Flight's problem is that they're considered too linked to Canada for a lot of American readers.
      I think that having the team set in space will actually help that.

      And Agent Carter was very well written.
    1. rplass's Avatar
      rplass -
      Aw, that's terrific news! I'm glad it's in a super-heroine solo title, which makes me feel like all is well with the comic book world. It's like everything all came together for us!

      Space-based Alpha Flight is something we've seen before, not recently, but still it's not unfamiliar territory.

      Not sure which panel at NYCC to catch for this big news. I'm only going one day (because tickets are dmmmmmm hard to get) and I'd prefer not to spend hours waiting around for it.
    1. Phil's Avatar
      Phil -
      As someone pointed out to me on Twitter this could be a big chance to get the Plodex seen as more of a threat in the MU.
    1. Phil's Avatar
      Phil -
      UPDATED with the actual wording used, thanks to CBR.
    1. -K-M-'s Avatar
      -K-M- -
      Of all books to appear in would have not guessed that. It's going to be great exposure for them with her upcoming movie

      Part of me thinks the master will appear too. She did "kill" him afterall and had a strong connection to the Plodex if they do appear

      *crosses fingers and whispers softly* please treat them with respect.
    1. Le Messor's Avatar
      Le Messor -
      Now, this one I'm looking forward to!

      ... though I don't think the movie will do much for Alpha. They generally don't lead to bigger sales (or so I've heard, I don't know) - and won't it be too late?
      I'm hearing Alpha will have a guest appearance in one story, not be running characters in the series?
      (Unless there's a scene where they run, but that's not what I meant and you know it!)

      ~ Le Messor
      "Beer. Now there's a temporary solution."
      ~ Homer Simpson
    1. Phil's Avatar
      Phil -
      It's a positive step to move AF away from the X-Men though, which puts them firmly in Marvel Studios/Disney territory...

      All the information that was said is the one line that's above, so we don't know how big their involvement is, though it does make them sound like recurring characters.
    1. Phil's Avatar
      Phil -
      Quote Originally Posted by rplass View Post
      Not sure which panel at NYCC to catch for this big news. I'm only going one day (because tickets are dmmmmmm hard to get) and I'd prefer not to spend hours waiting around for it.
      Early to say yet, but there are a few options:

      http://nycc15.mapyourshow.com/6_0/se...ScheduleID=224
      http://nycc15.mapyourshow.com/6_0/se...ScheduleID=225
      http://nycc15.mapyourshow.com/6_0/se...ScheduleID=228
    1. Le Messor's Avatar
      Le Messor -
      When Carol gets to that station, is she going to stay there?
    1. -K-M-'s Avatar
      -K-M- -
      Sounds like she will stay and be the first line of defence with S.W.O.R.D. (Basically space SHIELD)
    1. Phil's Avatar
      Phil -
      The article says that there's been a lot of designing involved for it, so I'd imagine they'll be using it a fair bit. Especially as it's the hook for the book:
      "Marvel really wanted us to design what her mission is within the universe," says Fazekas. "We know what S.H.I.E.L.D.'s mission is, we know what the Avengers' mission is, we know what Guardians of the Galaxy's mission is. So how does Captain Marvel fit into all that?"
      "This is really meant to be the next level for Captain Marvel," says series editor Sana Amanat. "Carol is really meant to be a soldier and a commander, and also a diplomat. We're really trying to build up this space complex and this space world. You'll really feel like there's an extension of the Avengers world into space, but not necessarily lost out in the Guardians of the Galaxy cosmos. It's rooted in Earth but also an extension into the galaxy."
      "[Marvel] wanted to give her a specific mission," Fazekas continued. "I think they wanted to give Carol her own thing that was hers, separate from the Avengers."
      "One of the first things that happens when she comes to the station is they're going to come upon a ghost ship, what seems to be a ghost ship," says Fazekas. "No crew, or a dead crew. What we'll find out over the first six issues is that it's not a coincidence that it's headed towards Earth and Captain Marvel."
      Sounds like we could get a minimum of 6 issues out of it, worst case scenario, especially as she is pulling double-duty on Earth, as part of The Ultimates...
    1. Le Messor's Avatar
      Le Messor -
      Oh, right... Didn't read the 'map your show' article, because I've already wasted too much time online this morning.

      Also, from your original article:
      "This mission involves Carol being on a space station above Earth"
      Keywords: "This mission involves" (emphasis mine).
      Sounded like a one-off story - but if we kinda get an Alpha ongoing, with a headliner who's likelier to sell, yay!
      I know that's kinda the opposite to my take on Northstar And Alpha Flight on the 'How Would People Feel If...?' thread, but I prefer something that doesn't pretend to be Alpha Flight but is to something that pretends to be Alpha Flight but isn't.

      Wait, we're getting the Ultimates, too? In what's going to pass for 616? (Which is, incidentally, the time right now!)

      (Be glad we don't have a 'throwing up' emoji.)

      ~ Le Messor
      "We live in a rainbow of chaos."
      ~ Paul Cezanne
    1. Phil's Avatar
      Phil -
      Yeah, it could go either way.
      It'll be interesting to see who they use. I don't think Shaman & Snowbird will serve much purpose, but could see Mac, Jeffries, Sas, Puck, JP & JM plus some new creations. And again, Marrina as an alien could be a plot point.

      The Ultimates are in title-name only, they're all 616 characters.
    1. rplass's Avatar
      rplass -
      You know, this got me thinknig about something from a few years ago. I ran into Mark Pannicia, the editor for the 4th series at Midtown Comics (see big article I wrote about it: http://www.alphaflight.net/showthrea...ll=1#post80478 ) and he mentioned something like this as a pitch:

      Quote Originally Posted by rplass View Post
      He said that he couldn't believe how many Alpha Flight pitches there were before this series, and I asked him if he remembered one [that had been rejected]. He said that one had Alpha Flight in the role of "world avengers" , saving the whole world, which we both agreed wouldn't be consistent with their Canadian character.
      I wonder if this Captain Marvel series is that very same pitch rejected years ago. And now I remember how the non-Canadianness of their role on an outpost defense space station would have bothered me. Well years later and without their own series, I'm not so bothered by it. If it were the setting for their very own series yeah that would be weird, but as a guest appearance in Captain Marvel's book, it seems kind of nifty actually.
    1. Chris's Avatar
      Chris -
      Maybe Validator will be with them? Not gonna hold my breath though. Seems Hickman and Marvel have forgotten her.
    1. Sypes's Avatar
      Sypes -
      Which AF characters could fly in space without any special suit.... Guardian, Vindicator, Box... maybe Shaman? The rest would be more space station crew. I could see Sasquatch being helpful there since he was a scientist, the rest would be pretty useless. Super speed for Northstar and Aurora so they can do deliveries faster aboard the station?
    1. -K-M-'s Avatar
      -K-M- -
      Not going to lie I forgot about her too. Seems unlikely she will appear in secret wars now
    1. Le Messor's Avatar
      Le Messor -
      Quote Originally Posted by Phil View Post
      The Ultimates are in title-name only, they're all 616 characters.
      This is one of the few times something being in name only has made me feel better about it!
    1. Phil's Avatar
      Phil -
      UPDATED with Video Thanks to Game In My Vein.