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Captain Marvel's Origin Story Just Got a Total Retcon

WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for The Life of Captain Marvel #3 by Margaret Stohl, Carlos Pacheco and Marguerite Sauvage, on sale now.

There are coincidences, and then there are comic book coincidences. An actual coincidence is just that, one unlikelihood rams up against another to create a surprising, unexpected result. A comic book coincidence follows roughly the same path, but at the last second diverts to reveal that the coincidence was never actually a coincidence at all, but rather the product of years of and years of meticulous planning and misdirection (usually by a supervillain) that completely alters said character's mythos in a major way. Today, the comic book coincidence came in the form of The Life of Captain Marvel #3, and the result changes everything we knew about the character.

The Life of Captain Marvel has steadily been peeling back the layers of the life Carol Danvers thought she knew. The series, by Margaret Stohl, Carlos Pacheco and Marguerite Sauvage, kicked off with Carol returning to her hometown after a panic attack on the battlefield sees her go all-in on a supervillain, which sets alarm bells ringing for Captain America and Tony Stark. So, Carol packs her bags and heads off to Harpswell, Maine. Naturally, things don't go easy for one of the Avengers' main bruisers. After an accident sends her brother into a coma, Carol ends up finding a batch of love letters her father exchanged with a woman who was not her mother. The revelation is a shocking one, but perhaps not the most pertinent.

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That's because, among the letters, there was also a hidden beacon that activated, sending a Kree clone hurtling towards the Earth, seemingly hellbent on taking Carol to task. While the Kree warrior certainly made a Terminator-like beeline for the Danvers household, cutting a swathe through Harpswell's seasonal fishing community as she went, it turns out that the clone wasn't after Carol at all. In fact, the clone was after her mother, Marie Danvers, who, in the last panel of the issue, reveals herself to also seemingly be a Kree warrior (though of a different sort). As she confronts the clone, Marie's modest outfit transforms into a suit of Kree Battle Armor. The green armor hints that she, too, is a Kree captain.

This revelation really does a number on Captain Marvel continuity. Carol's origin story has been retold numerous times, but there are a few constants. Originally a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force, Carol Danvers befriended the alien superhero Mar-Vell, and ended up assisting him in various missions. One mission involved a device called the Psyche-Magnitron. The device exploded while Carol was in its vicinity and had the unexpected side effect of splicing her DNA with that of the Kree. The hybridization process left Carol with unfathomable cosmic powers, like the ability to fly, shoot photonic blasts from her fists and take a hit like nobody's business.

That's not true anymore.

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