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The Supreme Intelligence's Original Role in Carol Danvers' Pregnancy

In Nothing Was Delivered, we look at announced comic book projects that never came about. We'll try to find out WHY they didn't come out. I'm sure you all know tons of examples of comic book projects like these, so feel free to write me at brianc@cbr.com to tell me some for future columns.

Today, we look at the original plan for Carol Danvers' pregnancy in the pages of the Avengers.

Carol Danvers, then Ms. Marvel, first discovered she was pregnant in Avengers #197 (by David Michelinie, Carmine Infantino and a bunch of inkers). She is initially consoling her teammate, the Scarlet Witch, who is considering motherhood and whether it is even possible for her (due to the whole "marrying an synthezoid" deal)...

Right after she explains to Wanda that Wanda doesn't need to be pregnant, we find out that Carol, of course, is pregnant herself. Three months pregnant!

In the next issue (art by George Perez and Dan Green), Wanda consoles her and Carol reveals her secret identity to Wanda...

The other Avengers are informed in the next issue and are way too happy about the news of Carol's super-fast virgin birth...

The end of the issue, though, suggests things are not going well...

In the next issue, (by Michelinie as well as Jim Shooter, with plot assistance by Bob Layton and George Perez, art by Perez and Green), Wapd even gives Carol some grief over not being happy about the situation...

Then we learned the truth - Carol had been impregnated by Marcus, son of Immortus, from the other dimensional place known as Limbo. He and Carol returned to there together at the end of the issue, thereby writing Carol out of the Avengers...

As you might imagine, many people were not thrilled with the idea of Carol Danvers essentially getting pregnant by some guy who used machines to make her fall in love with him and impregnate her with himself and yet the Avengers were all, "Yeah, this all sounds like a decent enough idea for us."

So Chris Claremont ultimately did a story that involved Carol berating the Avengers (this is after she returned home, only to have her powers stolen by Rogue) and the Avengers all apologized for not being there for Carol.

However, what's interesting is that that is not even what Michelinie originally wanted to do with Carol's pregnancy!

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