‘Captain Marvel #8’ Captures This Week’s Political Landscape
SPOILERS: The following article contains spoilers for Captain Marvel #8, by Kelly Thompson, Carmen Carnero, Tamara Bonvillain and Clayton Cowles, on sale now.
Sometimes life replicates art, while art almost always seems to be replicating life. This happens more often than you’d expect. Something happens in a a written or visual story and then eventually it happens in real life. The Simpsons are notorious for capturing that magic time and time again, but with 30+ seasons they were bound to get some of them right. However, this week we’re talking about the comic series Captain Marvel.
Kicking off the “Falling Star” storyline, issue #8 shows Carol Danvers’ life beginning to fall apart after her alien Kree heritage is exposed to the larger public. Carol continues to perform her worldly duties as a hero, but even saving lives doesn’t stop people from identifying her as an outsider. This includes headlines in papers stating “ENEMY AMONG US?,” while cable television personalities question whether she’s an American citizen, wondering why Captain Marvel hid the fact she was half-Kree.
This all leads to a moment in the comics where a mob surrounds her and a chant begins. In the midst of protecting the world, the very people in it greet her with chants of “Send Her Home! Send Her Home!” while carrying placards that read “Liar!,” “Traitor!” and “Alien!”
However, Captain Marvel #8 becomes more relevant than any of the creators likely imagined, because it went on sale the same day President Trump stood before a crowd in North Carolina that chanted “Send her back! Send her back!”
The. Same. Day.
First, one must understand that this isn’t a comic that was created just this week, as Wednesday’s events were building from the past week or so of racist and ignorant comments and tantrums. No, this is a comic series that takes months to assemble each issue of. Chapman and Thompson wrote those words months ago, and Carnero drew those panels at least a month ago. In fact, this story developed far back enough that Amanda Conner was given enough time to create a cover that related to the story within.
Without diving too deep into politics, the biggest explanation is that this is how predictable our political landscape in the United States has become. The events themselves may be different, but the building blocks are exactly the same over the past three years.
Marvel had an agenda with Captain Marvel #8. There is no doubt in my mind. But an agenda that is more than worthy of being printed. We continue to tear down the very people that make this world a better place because they are different. And right now it’s happening more than ever.
I don’t know if the Captain Marvel team can see the future or not but, if they can, I am hoping enough of the fictional Marvel world finds peace in knowing Carol Danvers is different but that’s what makes her unique and powerful. That’s what makes her worthy of being one of Marvel’s flagship heroes.
Because even though she may not be from this world, she’s still fighting to defend it.
Captain Marvel #8 is currently available wherever comic books are sold.