After locking up quite a few of their newer talents like Ed Brisson and Matt Rosenberg last year, Marvel is continuing that trend in 2018. The publisher has officially announced that Hawkeye & Rogue and Gambit writer Kelly Thompson has now become a Marvel exclusive creator.
“Marvel was truly my first love. So to be here today, not only writing for Marvel but ‘going exclusive’ with them, is the definition of a dream come true,” said Thompson. “I remember visiting Disney World as a teen and being so consumed by an issue of X-Men that was due to come out that I was checking newsstands like a girl possessed until I located it. So yeah, this is everything I always wanted.”
While Thompson’s acclaimed Hawkeye run is coming to an end in March she’s currently working on the Rogue & Gambit series and according to the press release, she has more coming in the future including taking on “both fan favorite characters and well-known Marvel heroes going forward.”
Reportedly some of those new works will be revealed during San Diego Comic Con this summer.
“Marvel has been incredibly supportive of and nurturing of my work as a creator and I really cannot wait for everything that’s to come, but waiting to announce projects is sort of like living in a delicious hell,” shared Thompson. “It’s torture not to be able to share the things you know with the people you know are going to love them, but it’s also insanely cool not only to know those secrets but to be a CREATOR of said secrets. And right at this moment…all I can say is that there are a lot of cool secrets to come, and some of them are even secrets I got to help create.”
It seems all but likely that Thompson will be revealed soon to be the writer replacing Brian Michael Bendis on Jessica Jones now that he’s headed to DC Comics. Previously Bendis revealed that a female writer would be taking over for him, and the surest bet around the internet is Thompson as she has written Jessica before in Hawkeye which was a series very much in the spirit of Jessica’s series.
“From the moment she turned in her first script, Kelly has continually brought big ideas, incredible energy, and endless enthusiasm to the Marvel Universe and every comic she’s had a hand in creating for us,” said C.B. Cebulski, editor-in-chief of Marvel. “We’re honored to now have her as part of the family here and could not be more excited for the fans to read the amazing adventures she’ll be taking our characters on next year – and beyond!”