Captain Marvel: Who is the Cosmic Avenger?

Who am I to dis a Brie?

Captain Marvel:Well… First there was nothing, then there was everything… Then the good lord saw fit to bring me into the world to kick the asses of those who need it most. So get ready ’cause this day or the next, it’s coming.”

Avengers #19

A politician speaks at a rally. He rants and raves about minorities, whipping the crowd into a frenzy. Something smashes through the ceiling a moment before the audience’s rage threatens to spill outside. A red and blue blur flies through the bodyguards, destroying their guns. An energy blast knocks them out.

The blur slows enough for humans to see a woman grabbing the politician’s throat. “Show them the truth!” she snarls, raising a glowing fist. The politician turns green as his features shift, revealing he is an alien. The crowd screams as Captain Marvel knocks him down and flies away.

Captain Marvel is the strongest Avenger. She’s been an Air Force pilot, an Avenger, and the centerpiece of one of Marvel’s biggest mistakes. So who is she? How did she get her powers? How is she the strongest member of a team including Thor and the Hulk? Let’s find out!

Live Kree or Die: Captain Marvel’s Backstory

Yonn-Ragg: I told you, you’ll be ready the day you could knock me down as yourself. This is that moment! This is that moment, Vers! Turn off the light show, and prove, PROVE TO ME, YOU CAN BEAT ME WITHOUT– [he gets blasted]
Captain Marvel:I have nothing to prove to you.

Captain MArvel

Captain Marvel debuted in Marvel Super-Heroes #13 in 1968. She was created by Roy Thomas and Gene Colan. Captain Marvel was heavily influenced by that time’s feminist movement.

Carol Danvers was a U.S. Air Force officer assigned to work as the security chief of a secret research base studying alien technology. She and a doctor named Walter Lawson fell in love there. Carol was soon caught in an alien attack and learned that Dr. Lawson was actually an alien hero named Captain Mar-Vell.

Mar-Vell revealed that he was sent to Earth by his people, The Kree. He had been ordered to protect the tactically significant planet Earth from their arch enemies, the shapeshifting Skrulls. Carol decided to help Mar-Vell since they both protected the planet.

Carol was exposed to a Kree artifact called the “Psyche-Magnetron” while fighting the Skrulls and became a Kree-Human hybrid with all of Mar-Vell’s powers. Carol became Ms. Marvel. What? Well, Captain Mar-Vell was taken.

Crash and Burn: Captain Marvel’s History

Ms. Marvel:I’ve been used! That isn’t my baby! I don’t even know who the father is!

Avengers #200

Ms. Marvel was dynamite, taking out Skrulls and supervillains like no one’s business. She was quickly recruited by the Avengers. But those benefits came with horrible tragedies.

Mar-Vell died of cancer, and unlike most superheroes, he was never resurrected.  Carol took a long time to deal with her mentor’s death. She eventually took the name Captain Marvel to honor her late ally.

The Avengers celebrated their 200th issue in 1980 with a story about Captain Marvel getting raped. A villain named Marcus Immortus transported Carol to a dimension called Limbo and brainwashed her into loving him.

He somehow impregnated Carol with a clone of himself that was born in the Avengers’ dimension. Marcus’ presence distorted reality, meaning he had to return to Limbo or destroy Earth. She “willingly” went with him. And the writers tried to suggest it was a happily-ever-after. What the hell?!

Captain Marvel escaped Limbo only to stumble into a fight between the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Future X-Man Rogue, then a villain, latched onto Carol and stole a large portion of her powers. A traumatized, angry Captain Marvel taught her Avengers team about consent and being a victim. before quitting and joined the X-Men.

Precog Profiling: Captain Marvel’s Modern Stories

Captain Marvel: “It would be so nice if you started to figure out I have the best intentions. For all of us. Cap. Tell him I’m not Satan.
Captain America:She’s not Satan.
Captain Marvel: Thank you.
Captain America:But I think this has all gone on long enough.”

Civil War II

Captain Marvel eventually recovered from the rape and losing her powers. She joined a S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff called SWORD to serve as an intermediary between Earth and alien worlds. She also encountered a young heroine named Kamala Khan who had adopted the Ms. Marvel identity.

Captain Marvel was one of the lead characters in the event series Civil War II. Or as I call it “Minority Report with Superheroes”. Following an attack by Thanos, the heroes discover a man named Ulysses who can see the future.

Captain Marvel uses Ulysses’ powers to prevent crimes and disasters before they happen. Iron Man opposes her on ethical grounds. Many fights interspersed with comparisons between pre-crime arrest and racial profiling follow. The war finally ends with Carol seemingly killing Iron Man and the superhero community ostracizing her.

Planet Buster: Captain Marvel’s Powers and Personality

Captain Marvel: [to Hawkeye] “I may be an Avenger now, but I’m also an agent of S.W.O.R.D. This is what we do. If Nick Fury thinks you’re one of these Skrulls, I need to bring you in for interrogation. Those are the rules.”

Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, “Who Do You Trust?”, (Season 2, episode 7)

There’s a reason Captain Marvel is called the strongest Avenger. She has the standard powerset of super strength, speed, durability, flight, and a few other nifty tricks. She also has a sixth sense that functions like the Spider-Sense. Captain Marvel can absorb any form of energy and use it to enhance her powers. When she absorbs enough, Carol goes Super Saiyan by becoming Binary.

Binary is Captain Marvel on steroids. In this form she can lift over 100 tons, fly faster than light, and fire energy blasts strong enough to destroy planets. The only downside is that she has difficulty maintaining her Binary form and returns to normal if she uses too much of Binary’s energy. That’s a bummer, but cool while it lasts.

Captain Marvel is a strict authoritarian and stubborn as hell. She often ignores her teammates and allies in favor of doing what she thinks is right. This works on occasion, but usually backfires.

The Actors who play Captain Marvel

Roscoe Handford – X-Men
Grey DeLisle – The Super Hero Squad Show, Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble.
Kim Raver – Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors.
Brie Larson – Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame

Didya get all that?

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