Captain Marvel: The Many Costumed Identities of Carol Danvers


Unfortunately, Binary would lose her abilities saving Earth's sun and was forced to return to her home planet. She still retained her Kree-enhanced abilities, but could no longer tap into the cosmic energies of Binary, which caused a number of problems for Carol. However, she still decided to rejoin the Avengers, now going by the name of Warbird and secretly operating at a lower power level. She initially returned to her Ms. Marvel costume, but soon adopted a tactical uniform that reflected her military service.


During a time-crossed adventure that placed Ms. Marvel and the Avengers in WWII alongside that era's Invaders, Carol took on an unexpected identity. Due to their presence in the past potentially destabilizing reality, and the fact that the Red Skull couldn't be alerted to any future knowledge while wielding a Cosmic Cube, the Avengers disguised themselves as WWII-era heroes that wouldn't alert mess up the timeline. Ms. Marvel adopted the costumed identity of the Golden Age Black Widow, an antihero who served Satan by killing bad guys and offering up their souls.

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During a period of time known as the "Dark Reign," which saw the Avengers operating as outlaws on the run from Norman Osborn and his officially sanctioned Dark Avengers, Carol started to get close with teammate Peter Parker/Spider-Man, as both characters had their identities usurped by Norman's team of villains. During the Dark Avengers attack on Asgard, Ms. Marvel ripped current host Mac Gargan out of the Venom symbiote, which soon took control of her body until Spidey was able to overcharge the symbiote and free Ms. Marvel.


It was actually in the pages of Avenging Spider-Man #9 where Carol Danvers first debuted her new look and title of Captain Marvel, which she adopted following a pep talk from Captain America. The role of Captain Marvel, while seemingly a lesser rank than her USAF designation, was taken in honor of the fallen Mar-Vell. Carol finally found her place among the elite of the superhuman community as she took commanding roles on the Avengers and the Ultimates, while also serving as commander of the Alpha Flight Space Program, a role she still currently holds.

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Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as the commander of Starforce, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau, Algenis Perez Soto as Att-Lass, McKenna Grace as a young Carol Danvers and Annette Bening as the Supreme Intelligence. The film arrives in theaters March 8.

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