Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers)

February 28, 2019

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Carol Danvers is a fictional superhero who appears in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by Roy Thomas and Gene Colan as a strong, Beautiful and capable young woman who had worked her way through gender stereotyping. Her first appearance was in Marvel Super-Heroes #13  as an officer of United States Air Force. She also has been a CIA agent and she was hired as head of security at NASA headquarters at Cape Canaveral. One of Carol's co-workers at NASA was a Dr. Phillip Lawson, who was secretly a Kree superhero Mar-Vell.

First Appearence

During an encounter with the Kree agent, she accidentally got exposed to otherworldly radiation that transformed her into a superhuman warrior. Calling herself Ms. Marvel, she established herself as one of the most powerful and prominent heroes, both as a solo heroine and as a member of the Avengers. She has now adopted the mantle of   Captain Marvel for herself. The character has also been known as BinaryWarbird at various points in her history. She has been labeled "Marvel's biggest female hero".

Publication History

After receiving Superpowers which resulted in the tragic death of her lover Kree Superhero Mar-Vell she resurfaces with superhuman abilities and becomes the hero Ms. Marvel in a self-titled series in January 1977, at first written by Gerry Conway and later by Chris Claremont. In the series, it is revealed that the energy exposure from the explosion of a device called the "Psyche-Magnetron" caused Danvers's genetic structure to meld with Captain Marvel's, effectively turning her into a human-Kree hybrid. Ms. Marvel had a series of semi-regular appearances in The Avengers, with additional appearances with the Defenders, Spider-Man, the Thing, and Iron Man.

At the time of the publication of Ms. Marvel #1 in 1977, the title was self-consciously socially progressive for its time. This was reflected in the use of the word "Ms.", then associated with the feminist movement and in Danvers fighting for equal pay for equal work in her civilian identity

in Avengers Annual #10 (1981). She is attacked by the mutant Rogue, who permanently absorbs the character's abilities and memories. Danvers' memories are restored by Professor X, and an angry confrontation with the Avengers concerning their failure to realize Marcus had brainwashed her follows. Claremont continued to develop the character in the title Uncanny X-Men. Danvers enters the Pentagon and, while wiping the government's files on the X-Men, also deletes all records of herself in a symbolic break with her life as Ms. Marvel. During an adventure in space with the X-Men, Danvers is changed by courtesy of experimentation by the alien race, the Brood, into a newly-empowered character called "Binary".Drawing on the power of a cosmic phenomenon called a white hole, Danvers becomes capable of generating the power of a star. As Binary, the character has a number of encounters with the X-Men, New Mutants, and the British team Excalibur as well as a solo adventure.

After several more team and solo appearancesthe character then rejoins the Avengers with a new alias Warbird. Writer Kurt Busiek explored the character by having her develop a drinking problem struggling to come to terms with the loss of her cosmic powers and memories. Danvers disgraces herself during the "Live Kree or Die" storyline and is soon suspended from active duty. After a brief appearance in Marvel's Alternate universe title What If?, the character was featured in Iron ManWolverine, and The Avengers before making a cameo appearance in Mutant X.
Danvers also becomes a principal advocate of the Superhuman Registration Act during the events of the 2006-07 "Civil War" storyline. The story also continues in Ms. Marvel's own title as the character battles the anti-registration heroes led by Captain America but later fights Tony Stark over disagreements with her own team.
In the 2007 series The Mighty Avengers, Danvers enters into a relationship with fellow member Wonder Man and becomes the leader of the Mighty Avengers. The character also makes an agreement with Tony Stark, the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D., to lead a covert strike team called Operation: Lightning Storm, its designated mission being the elimination of supervillains before they become global threats. She plays a significant role in the 2008 storyline "Secret Invasion", in which members of the shapeshifting alien race, the Skrulls, are revealed to have secretly infiltrated Earth by impersonating humans. She befriends Mae-Vell's Skrull Imposter and proves to him that she is not a Skrull by revealing intimate details about their life together. At the conclusion of the war with the Skrulls, Norman Osborn is placed in charge of the registered Avengers team. Refusing to serve under Osborn, Carol leaves Avengers Tower,
Carol Danvers battles her old nemesis Mystique and a clone of Captain Marvel created by the Skrulls during the Secret Invasion after they carry out a series of tragedies at temples belonging to the Church of Hala, a church dedicated to Mar-Vell. Danvers later aids the allied forces of Steve Rogers against Iron Patriot during the Siege of Asgard. Danvers also begins to develop a friendship with Spider-Man. Though he infuriates her the first time they work together, the two become closer when he helps her during the "Dark Reign" storyline, Following the conclusion of the "Siege" storyline, Ms. Marvel returns as a regular character in the second volume of The New Avengers.
In the 2015 "Secret Wars" storyline, Danvers headlined her own tie-in series, Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps co-written by DeConnick and Kelly Thompson and drawn by López. In the series, Danvers leads an elite squadron of female fighter pilots stationed at an airbase called Hala Field, where she is the only superpowered being; this leads the corps to help Danvers answer questions about her origin, which puts her in conflict with the controlling forces of Battleworld. During the storyline, Danvers becomes a member of A-Force, Battleworld's all-female team of Avengers.

Carol's powers were originally derived from those of Captain Marvel, though they have since diverged and increased to become uniquely her own. This has made her one of the most powerful female heroes in the Marvel Universe. Due to being a unique Kree/human genetic hybrid, Carol also possesses the potential to wield vast cosmic power, which was fully realized during the period when she became Binary and which she can still attain under the right circumstances. In truth, Captain Marvel is a natural born human/Kree hybrid; whose resting genetic potential was extrapolated by the psyche magnetron radiation affecting her cells. All of her superhuman abilities are a byproduct of her genetic inheritance further bolstered by Kree science.

Fictional Character Biography.

Carol is a brilliant and fiercely independent woman with a strong personality and indomitable willpower. She pursues her goals and dreams to the fullest, battling her way through any adversity and allowing nothing to get in her way. Going against gender typing as well as the wishes of her domineering father, she dreamed of becoming an ace fighter pilot, and quickly achieved this goal through sheer determination and hard work, learning an unusual degree of self-reliance in the process.

She was born in Boston, Massachusetts, as the only girl among three children. Even Though she was extremely bright and capable, more than either of her brothers, her chauvinistic father refused to pay for her to attend college, preferring to spend his money on his sons instead. He insisted that Carol merely find a good husband to take care of her, a sexist notion that the fiercely independent Carol refused to accept.

Carol had always loved the idea of flying, and after she graduated from high school she decided to defy her father's wishes and joined the United States Air Force. She became one of the best in the Air Force, her skill as a jet fighter pilot was so remarkable that her colleagues nicknamed her "Ace," and she quickly rose to the rank of Colonel.

Carol's exemplary performance in the Air Force brought her to the attention of the Central Intelligence Agency, who actively recruited her and trained her to become an elite field agent. As an agent of the CIA, Carol often teamed up with fellow agent Michael Rossi, and the two became romantically involved. She also teamed up with a Canadian agent named Logan (before he became Wolverine) and the two became good friends, saving each other's lives during several dangerous missions.

On one of her most important CIA missions, Carol had to infiltrate Soviet airspace alongside Logan and an American test pilot named Ben Grimm (before he became the Thing and a member of the Fantastic Four). The mission almost failed when they were intercepted by Soviet forces (led by the Black Widow) and forced to the ground. With a good amount of luck, the three managed to escape and succeeded in retrieving the mysterious metal which they had been sent to obtain. In the process, the trio formed a bond that would live throughout their super-hero careers.

During her final CIA mission, Carol was captured by the KGB and held in Lubyanka prison, where she endured interrogation and torture. In defiance of government orders, Logan and Michael Rossi infiltrated Russia, broke into Lubyanka, and rescued Carol. The ordeal extinguished Carol's enthusiasm for being a CIA agent, so she decided to resign in order to pursue a different career.

Her impressive resume landed her a position as the head of security of NASA headquarters in Cape Canaveral. Where she unexpectedly made the acquaintance of the Kree superhero Mar-Vell (known on Earth as Captain Marvel) and hints of a romance developed between the two. Carol's CIA background made her quite unafraid to put herself in potentially dangerous situations, and while on the job she found herself caught in the middle an epic battle between Captain Marvel and his Kree arch-enemy Yon-Rogg, which eventually led to she gaining her superpowers.

had a brief stint as an editor-in-chief of a well-known New York magazine, and a successful novelist. From being editor-in-chief, she has proven to become successful in the male dominated industry of journalism and through this, has proven to be able to manage a newspaper team. In this sense, she is a feminist and has challenged many men, including Captain America 

Superpowers & Abilities 

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Super Strength: When she originally became Ms. Marvel, Carol's strength level was such that she could lift approximately 50 tons under normal conditions. This made her many times stronger than heroes such as Spider-Man, but not as strong as others such as the Thing. Being captured and experimented on by the Brood awakened an almost godlike level of power in Carol due to her unique Kree/human genetic configuration, causing her to become Binary. As Binary, Carol could tap into the energy of a white hole, giving her class-100 strength, meaning she could easily lift well over 100 tons under normal conditions. Her strength level became so great that it was never accurately quantified.

After losing her Binary powers and reverting back to Ms. Marvel, Carol's strength dropped much closer to its original level, though it was still greater than before. She could now lift 75 tons under normal conditions, making her approximately fifty percent stronger than she was prior to losing her powers to Rogue. Under extreme circumstances Carol has shown the ability to tap into her cosmic Binary powers once again, allowing her to reach class-100 strength levels for brief periods. 

This was shown to be the case as time and experience had increased her physical capabilities well beyond their original limits, with and without the need of absorbing energy. Carol having lifted a dead celestial barehanded, which considering the immense height and mass, can weigh well into billions of tons.

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Super Speed: Carol has the ability to move at supersonic speeds, making her literally too fast for the human eye to follow. She can achieve speeds of at least Mach-3 during atmospheric flight and has shown the ability to hit even greater velocities when the need arises. At her Binary power level, she could achieve faster-than-light speed and journey across the galaxy under her own power.

Super Agility: Carol possesses great superhuman agility and reflexes to compliment her superhuman speed. She can perform acrobatic feats far beyond that of the finest human athlete and easily evade bullet-speed projectiles. During the period after Rogue took her powers, but before she regained them, she was stated to have been in peak physical condition as a result of being a Kree/Human hybrid.

Super Stamina: Carol can exert herself at maximum effort for up to 24 hours before tiring. During the Skrull Empire's assault on New York, Carol single-handedly fought off a massive Skrull invasion force for an entire day without rest, successfully keeping the city out of enemy hands until reinforcements arrived.

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Flight: As previously mentioned, Carol can fly at speeds of at least Mach-3 in the atmosphere. She is a highly agile flier and can turn on a dime in midair, even while traveling at great velocity. Since she is also a talented and highly-trained fighter pilot, Carol's advanced knowledge of flight mechanics and aerial combat allows her to easily outmaneuver most opponents in the air.

Invulnerability: Carol is impervious to most forms of damage and can take a tremendous amount of punishment without injury. She can survive unharmed in the cold vacuum of space. She is bullet-proof and such attacks merely bounce off her skin on contact. More powerful attacks such as rockets, mortar shells, and bombs are only slightly more effectual, due to the fact that she can absorb their explosive energy. She is unfazed by blows delivered from opponents weaker than her and can withstand blows even by those who are stronger, 

Absorbing energy blasts

Energy Absorption: Carol has the ability to absorb a wide variety of energy and utilize it to further augment her own super-strength, speed, invulnerability, energy projection, and other powers. This ability was not present before Carol became Binary, and could be an after-effect of having once been Binary (as Binary, Carol could absorb and wield energy equivalent to that of a binary star system). Extremely high-energy attacks may eventually overload Carol's absorbing ability, but she has shown that she can absorb and utilize energy up to the magnitude of a nuclear explosion. Carol has also shown an ability to absorb magical energy (though not without consequence), recently demonstrated when she helped Doctor Strange.

Ms. Marvel generating cosmic blasts

Energy Projection: Carol can generate extremely powerful photon blasts, which are roughly equal in force to Iron Man's full-strength repulsor blasts. If she has absorbed a great amount of energy, Carol can generate even stronger energy blasts. Like her energy absorption power, Carol did not originally possess this ability prior to becoming Binary, though it has now become one of her signature powers.

Energy Manipulation: Like her predecessors, Carol Danvers eventually learned to better utilize her energy power for more constructive uses. Such as changing and alternating the various types of energy at her disposal; such as X-Rays, Gravitons, cosmic rays, etc. In her time as Captain Marvel, she has become extremely fluent in changing and alternating the various outputs energy at her disposal. Alt. versions of herself have shown to use said energy-based abilities in ways she'd never even considered before; e.i. firing her energy stores from her eyes as well as her hands.

Energy Constructs: Both as Captain Marvel and Binary, Carol showed far more refined control over her cosmic energy than in her non-empowered state of being. Potentially she can shape whatever energy she has on hand into practical shapes, like razor blades of pure energy or protective barriers for defense. As Captain Marvel, be able to create energy bubbles around a giant robots exhaust/energy gun in order to choke the release valve until it exploded from internal pressure overload.

Regeneration: In the event that Carol suffers an attack that is actually powerful enough to overload both her invulnerability and her energy absorption abilities, she possesses a super-healing factor and is able to quickly regenerate from almost any injury. Her healing rate is accelerated even further if she is able to absorb and utilize external energy to aid in the process. She has fully recovered from nuclear explosions and attacks of similar magnitude in a matter of hours. 

Healing: Carol can also apply her cosmic energies to accelerate the healing process within others by focusing on different forms of energy into their body. Boosting both the internal and external rate of recovery to an unknown degree.

Danger Sense: One of Carol's original powers was a precognitive sense, called her "seventh sense," which allowed her to subconsciously recognize danger before it occurred. It was this sense that triggered her early transformations from Carol Danvers to Ms. Marvel. Her seventh sense also allowed her to subconsciously predict an opponent's attacks before they made them, greatly enhancing her fighting and tactical prowess in battle. 

Instantly changing out of costume

Minor Molecular Control: Carol possesses a limited degree of molecular manipulation, which she can use to transform regular clothing into her costume and vice versa. This power works almost instantaneously and has the effect of changing her from Carol Danvers to Ms. Marvel/Captain Marvel.

Hyper-Cosmic Awareness: She could visually perceive all types of energy patterns and was instantly aware of any significant disruptions in space. She seemingly lost her cosmic awareness after losing her Binary powers, though like her other Binary abilities, her cosmic awareness can re-emerge under the right circumstances. 

Binary Powers

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After undergoing torturous experimentation by the Brood race. Carols Physiology mutated even further beyond even their initial expectations, transforming her into a creature of pure energy. More reminiscent to a solar body than that of flesh & blood, Carol is able to divert small portions of the cosmic energies used to firmament genesis of a new universe into creating a mentally activated disturbance of space/time around herself. Perpetuating the appearance of a living, breathing stellar effigy that she's able to shape and mold using disturbances in space/time continuum through various lenses that focus or diffuse the relative energies she's channeling.

Absolute Force Manipulation: At the height of her power, Carol in her Binary form had virtually limitless stores of raw energy she could consciously tack into for unlimited purposes. She could feed on and project every known form of energy up and down the EM Spectrum able to radiate heat, light, cosmic, x-ray and the like as well as gravity; with which to presumably use in a telekinetic fashion. Operating objects remotely with fine enough precision even from vast distances with concentration.

FTL Flight: As Binary, she can aviate through space unaided. By directing stellar energy uni-directionally, she has a means of propulsion enabling her to fly at near or beyond light speed. Whether she can travel unaided through inter-universe regions is not yet known. What is known is she's able to reach planet to planet and galaxy to galaxy in the blink of an eye in hours if not seconds when she traverses across the cosmos at will.

Wormhole Connection: Ms. Marvel's penultimate cosmic power stems from a hyperspatial link between herself and the region of space which acts as the exit-point of a singularity's ultimate inward collapse out of this universe and into another. Binary is apparently able to apply a mental filter to these lenses, allowing only the energies she chooses to pass through. It was believed she'd lost these abilities after contact to the whitehole that energized her had been severed, but Cru restored this power potential and Carol could always re-enable the transformation either by absorbing enough energy or using Black Holes as a cosmic link instead.

Fused Powers

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For a short time to date. Carol's physiology had been merged with the alien Brood hunter-killer named Cru, who boasted an amorphous techno-organic semblance that was further modified with her species advanced technologies. When she last battled this entity Carol caused it to self-destruct by overloading a Cavorite crystal she/it had on hand. Causing some of its protoplasmic mass to fuse to Carols being at a genetic level. These organized flowing around within her system possessed a consciousness of their own and often spoke between one another while also talking through Ms. Marvel herself. Their speech patterns were choppy and monotone, kind of like an automaton, due in part to they're lacking earth and human lingual exchange.

Metamorphosis: Her exposure to Cru's biomass often caused her to physically change and morph on a dime. Her skin would turn blue and her eyes would glow red every time these strange new abilities kicked in. When she shared a body with the eponymous alien, Carol's body would change between hers and the original form of whom whenever the passenger willed it.

Allies & Friends

Even though being a strong personality Carol has developed quite a few friends and allies Including Captain America, Spiderman, Black Widow, Wolverine, The Thing, Ant-Man (Scott Lang), Nick Fury and many more.


Her list of enemies includes Cru, Rouge, Thanos, Scarlett Witch, Mystique and many others.


 She is going to appear in 2019 self-titled film Captain Marvel (2019) after featuring in the post-credit scene of Avengers Infinity War (2018). She will be played by Academy Award winner Brie Larson who will continue her role in Avengers End Game (2019) 

Brie Larson went through extensive training for nine months including physical transformation and Air Force training to play the character. Watch the Trailer for Captain Marvel below.

Notable Comics

  • Avengers Vol.3 by Brian Michael Bendis
  • Civil War issues 1-10 by Mark Miller.
  • Captain Marvel - Carol Danvers Ms.Marvel years by Brian Reed
  • Secret Invasion 1 & 2 by Brian Michael Bendis.

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