Kelly Sue DeConnick on Captain Marvel's Rise to the Top of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Comic book writer Kelly Sue DeConnick revitalized Captain Marvel for a new generation. Following her big screen debut and follow-up in Avengers: Endgame, Carol Danvers is poised to be a major player in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And we wanted to hear more about it.

DeConnick and Mary Livanos, director of production and development for Marvel Studios, sat down with io9's Charles Pulliam-Moore for an in-depth interview about the past, present, and (hopeful) future of Captain Marvel. They chatted about how far Captain Marvel has come over the years, and her growing role in the MCU, where she’s portrayed by Brie Larson.


In the video interview above, the pair shared their thoughts on Carol’s rising popularity—not just among comic book fans, but the public at large—as well as their take on the backlash, which got so bad it prompted Rotten Tomatoes to change its review policies.

For more, make sure you’re following us on our new Instagram @io9dotcom.


Video Editor and Staff Writer at io9. My doppelganger is that rebelling greeting card from Futurama.

Charles Pulliam-Moore is an NYC-based culture critic whose work centers on fandom, pop culture, politics, race, and sexuality. He still thinks Cyclops made a few valid points.



If you haven’t read KSD’s run on Captain Marvel, you should definitely read it. DeConnick has a good writing style, where the characters seem like, well, real people, even if the plot itself gets convoluted. She also did a really good mini-series for Marvel called Osborn: Evil Incarcerated and her indie comics, Pretty Deadly and especially Bitch Planet, are just awesome.

Currently, she’s having a really good run on Aquaman, delving into a lot more mythology, making it quite unlike previous Aquaman runs. I also can’t wait for her DC Black Label book, Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons, a history of the Amazons illustrated by Phil Jimenez. Jimenez has been teasing images of it and it looks gorgeous.