The History of Captain Marvel: 5 Facts From The Comic Books

Did you know that Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel has only been a part of comic book history since 2012? The character of Carol Danvers has been featured in Marvel Comics since 1968, but she has had an illustrious history as a befallen hero over the past few decades.

In fact, even the title of Captain Marvel has been passed down to several heroes well before Carol Danvers earned the moniker. Check out these 5 awesome facts from the Marvel comic books!

The History of Captain Marvel: 5 facts from the comic books

1. Her Very First Comic Book Appearance

The very first appearance of Air Force pilot and former CIA agent Carol Danvers was in March 1968 in Marvel’s Super-Heroes #13.

At this time, was serving as head of security for NASA. She’s fought in partnership with The Avengers because, even before Danvers gets her powers, she was a badass with extensive intelligence and combat training.

Thanks to the increasing popularity of Miss Danvers, you can purchase the comic on eBay for nearly $1000, or enjoy the digital copy from Marvel Unlimited for far less.

The new Captain Marvel film will hit theaters on March 8, 2019 and stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers.

The first comic book appearance of Captain Marvel was in March 1968

2. How Carol Danvers Got Her Powers

During a battle between the original Captain Marvel (a Kree named Mar-Vell) and his enemy, Yon-Rogg, Carol Danvers came into contact with a device called the Psyche-Magnitron. The device was meant to be used to turn thoughts into reality.

The device emits levels of radiation that are deadly to humans and while trying to shield her, some of Mar-Vell’s genetics were absorbed by Danvers. She became a human-Kree hybrid.

As a result, Danvers had super strength, flight, and extreme durability and she adopted the moniker Ms. Marvel. She and Janet Van Dyne (the original Wasp) create her signature black one-piece with red sash combination featuring a yellow lightning bolt.

First comic book appearance of Carol Danvers as Ms. Marvel

3. The Many Misfortunes of Carol Danvers

Over the years, Carol Danvers has gone through several changes, including costume, power, and name changes.

At one point, X-Men’s Rogue absorbed her Kree powers. 

Then, Danvers was kidnapped by an alien race called The Brood. They performed experiments on her which gave her even more power and abilities than before. She became known as Binary (X-Men #164, December 1982), with increased and speed, as well as the ability to control heat, light and gravity

While she was codename Binary, she was again injured during a battle to save the Earth. She lost her powers, left the Avengers, and joined the United States Department of Homeland Security.

After losing some of her powers and memories, she adopted the codename Warbird (The Avengers #4, May 1998).

She underwent another change in her costume, combining features of her original costume and that of Mar-Vell’s. In July 2012, Danvers officially assumed the moniker Captain Marvel (Avenging Spider-Man #9).

The first comic book appearance of Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel

4. Meet The Original Captain Marvel

Mar-Vell was Kree, a scientifically and technologically advanced militaristic alien race that first appeared in Marvel comics in 1967 (Marvel Super-Heroes #12, December 1967). However, he was not respected among the Kree because, unlike his blue-skinned race, he was white skinned. But he was an excellent and accomplished soldier.

During his mission to observe Earth and their progresses in space travel, NASA’s Dr. Walter Lawson was killed and Mar-Vell assumed his identity. His commander, Yon-Rogg, tried to kill Mar-Vell by activating a Kree robot called the Sentry. Mar-Vell publicly defeated the robot and humans began calling him “Captain Marvel” because of hearing “Marvel” not “Mar-Vell” during the battle.

Ultimately, Captain Marvel’s exposure to a nerve gas gave him cancer and he died. He was awarded with the Skrull medal of valor and a posthumous honorary membership in the Avengers.

First comic book appearance of Captain Marvel

5. The other Captain Marvels

Yep, it’s true. The name Captain Marvel has been held by several people – the Kree Mar-Vell, Carol Danvers, Monica Rambeau, a New Orleans harbor patrol lieutenant, and more!

A look at the original Photon, Maria Rambeau. This character could be the mother of future Captain Marvel and alias "Photo", Monica Rambeau.
A look at the original “Photon”, Maria Rambeau(Lashana Lynch), from Captain Marvel. This character is likely the mother of future Captain Marvel/alias “Photon”, Monica Rambeau.  |  Photo: Chuck Zlotnick  ©Marvel Studios 2019

Rambeau was struck with extra-dimensional energy and transformed into Captain Marvel. She even fought alongside the Avengers, but eventually lost her powers. 

After Rambeau, Mar-Vell’s son, Genis-Vell, adopted the moniker of Captain Marvel. However, he was killed by Baron Zemo (who we met during Captain America: Civil War).

Then Mar-Vell’s daughter, and Genis-Vell’s sister, Phyla-Vell, took on the role of Captain Marvel. Then it was the Skrull known as Khn’nr, then a Kree named Noh-Varr and FINALLY, it was Carol Danvers.

I feel as though I would have passed on that opportunity, considering all that happened to those known as Captain Marvel.

Be sure to check out Captain Marvel when it opens in theaters on March 8, 2019!

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