Marvel Studios announced the Captain Marvel film in 2014, and the Carol Corps has been patiently waiting since then to see their favorite superhero on the big screen. Brie Larson, the actor playing Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, has been a superhero in her own right. Since rising to more prominence, Larson has fought for inclusion riders in Hollywood contracts and more representation of marginalized groups in entertainment journalism. In addition, her training for the role, and the clips we’ve seen of it on social media, are our ultimate fitness goals. Did you see those deadlifts? Indeed, the casting was spot-on for the film adaptation of a wildly popular comic book character.
Captain Marvel’s first solo title as Carol Danvers Ms. Marvel came out in the ’70s. She was the breakout female superhero of her time and has maintained her popularity through the decades. Because she’s had a long history, there’s a lot to know about Captain Marvel. Fans may have forgotten some of the weird facts about her that have popped up over the years. For one, she actually started out as more of a damsel in distress character before having her own series, which is something fans may have forgotten about. There are plenty of bizarre facts about Captain Marvel that we shouldn’t ignore — now that we’re getting a major motion picture out of this character, who knows what parts of her history will be alluded to? Here at CBR, we’ve found 20 bizarre facts about Captain Marvel fans ignore, but shouldn’t.
20. SHE HAS FOUGHT DINOSAURS
In Kelly Sue DeConnick’s 2012 run of Captain Marvel, she introduced a new generation to the titular superhero. In issue #9, Carol has a lot to take care of, including taking her cat to the vet. A lot of things get in her way of accomplishing her to-do lists, and one of these things is dinosaurs on the streets.
Spider-Woman joins the fight against two dinosaurs with her, which is great because they were due for a hang-out anyway. Something to keep in mind with Captain Marvel stories is that they can go anywhere, which includes having a dinosaur fight.
19. SHE HAD A SPLIT PERSONALITY
Ms. Marvel #1 debuted in 1977. Written by Gerry Conway with art and storytelling by John Buscema, the Ms. Marvel comic made it clear that females are powerful and can fight back. This first issue introduced Ms. Marvel and Carol Danvers separately because Carol doesn’t realize she’s Ms. Marvel.
Whenever Ms. Marvel’s powers are needed, the Carol part of her brain switches off and the Ms. Marvel part takes over. Carol doesn’t know who Ms. Marvel is and vice versa. By the end of issue #1, Carol starts to question the long gaps in her memory of the day and why the name “Ms. Marvel” sounds familiar. This is something we could see as part of Carol’s origin story in the movie.
18. THE WASP HELPED DESIGN THE MS. MARVEL COSTUME
Ms. Marvel #19 from the 1977 run featured a brawl with Ronan that was so brutal Carol needed a costume upgrade. She was like a new woman with a new attitude after this fight that reunited her with Mar-Vell, the original Captain Marvel.
Her new outfit signaled a departure from the homage to Mar-Vell that was present in her first costume. The only element she kept from the original costume was the red scarf, which she used as a sash. She didn’t do all this design work alone; Carol credits Janet Pym with helping with the design. This sisterhood of superheroes shouldn’t be forgotten!
17. SHE’S MET THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Lest we forget, Carol has spent a lot of time in space, especially the 2014 DeConnick run of Captain Marvel. At one point, she was the Avengers’ representative in space, which took her to different planets and fights. It also allowed her to meet the Guardians of the Galaxy.
In Avengers: Infinity War, the Guardians spend some time with Thor, whose mission to create a weapon powerful enough to defeat Thanos eventually brings him to Earth. Captain Marvel’s absence from Infinity War could be explained by the fact that she was in another part of the galaxy, and the Guardians could act as another link to bring her to Earth.
16. SHE HAD A CRUSH ON MAR-VELL
Captain Marvel, the Mar-Vell version, needed a damsel in distress to save. For a time, that damsel was Carol Danvers. As with most other “damsel” characters at the time, you could tell that Carol and Mar-Vell had a bit of thing going on.
Mar-Vell saves her life on multiple occasions — even though Carol’s job is as a security officer, there are some (alien) things that you need extra assistance for. She trusts him and a bit of a relationship develops. What makes her different from the standard damsel is she doesn’t like being the victim and prefers to be strong like Mar-Vell.
15. SHE WAS A HERO WHEN SHE DIDN’T HAVE POWERS
Carol loses her powers in a fight with Rogue. There’s history of conflict with Rogue and Rogue’s mother, Mystique, since Mystique is responsible for Carol losing her boyfriend. Rogue and Carol fight for so long that Rogue absorbs her powers permanently.
Obviously, this is a huge loss that takes a while for Carol to recover from. The X-Men help her during this difficult time, and being with the X-Men gives her purpose. Even when she doesn’t have powers, she wants to help them using her piloting skills and military knowledge. Her being a hero is an unchangeable part of her, which we shouldn’t ignore. Carol will always be a hero.
14. HER GREATEST FIGHT WAS VERY PERSONAL
The “Live Kree or Die!” story from the 1998 Iron Man comics showed Carol at one of her lowest points. She’s living at home with her mother and surrounding her bed are empty bottles. Iron Man goes to intervene since he’s had this very same problem as well. But, when he tries to connect with her, Carol blows up at him.
Though Carol has experienced being powerful to a god-like level, we can’t ignore that she has had decidedly human experiences as well. She has suffered from addiction, and she has suffered from losing loved ones. The “Live Kree or Die!” story is one we like to ignore but is nonetheless part of this character’s history.
13. SHE’S CHANGED HER NAME MULTIPLE TIMES
Carol called herself Ms. Marvel as an homage to Mar-Vell, the original Captain Marvel, from whom she got her powers. Of course, we all know now that she’s Captain Marvel, one of many to have taken on that title. However, she’s changed her name a number of times in her history.
She calls herself Binary when she gets godlike powers because her powers were akin to a binary star system. When she loses these powers, she decides to call herself Warbird and eventually gets a new costume. Carol then reverts back to the Ms. Marvel name, and now we call her Captain Marvel. Carol has had multiple identities, which makes her a pretty complex character.
12. THE BROOD PERFORMED EXPERIMENTS ON HER
Carol’s nearly godlike powers were not given to her for free. She suffered because another alien species imposed their will on her. Like the mutants in the X-Men universe, she was the subject of experiments because others were fascinated by her uniqueness.
As a result of these (painful) experiments, Carol became Binary. Her strength magnified, and she was so powerful she could travel space on her own. When she came back to Earth and fought Rogue, her powers were so great that just one strike sent Rogue into orbit. Carol knows what it’s like to have phenomenal powers, but she also knows what it’s like to lose them.
11. SHE’S LOST HER MEMORY MULTIPLE TIMES
When Ms. Marvel and Rogue had an epic fight that went on for too long, one of the ramifications was that Carol lost her powers and her memory. Professor X was able to help restore them, but Carol still had a difficult time connecting her emotions to her memories.
Carol has also lost her memory as Captain Marvel. In DeConnick’s first Captain Marvel run, Carol sacrifices herself, and her memories, to save everyone. Afterward, she has to study her old life to remember who everyone was like one would for a test. Luckily, there was a really cute kid named Kit who was willing to help Carol reconnect with the world.
10. SHE SIDED WITH IRON MAN DURING CIVIL WAR
“Civil War” was an event that tore apart the superhero community. Though Carol considers Captain America a friend, especially now, she sided with Tony Stark in “Civil War”. Carol and Tony had been friends for a while, plus Carol felt a duty to side with the government because of her military experience.
Carol was pretty involved with enforcing the Superhero Registration Act. Not only did she fight to enforce it, she also trained new superheroes. A major test for her loyalty was when she found out one of her friends, Arachne, was a double agent. Carol was loyal to the end and fought and turned in her friend, but this came at a price.
9. SHE HAS LITERALLY FOUGHT HERSELF
The main Marvel universe is Earth-616, but sometimes characters sneak in from other realities. This was the case with the Warbird vs. Ms. Marvel fight. Of all people, it’s Rogue that informs Carol about this alternate universe version of herself. Rogue and Carol were on pretty good terms at this point, which is a good thing, since Warbird was out for blood.
This alternate version of Carol was bad news. Her plan was to go around to the different Earths and kill their versions of Carol and Rogue. In her reality, she never turned her life around from the alcoholism, which shows us how dark our Carol could’ve gotten.
8. DATED WAR MACHINE
James Rhodes is most associated with Tony Stark. The Iron Patriot often gives Iron Man a helping hand. With Captain Marvel joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s fun to look at her relationship with other characters to see what might happen in the films.
It could be that we could see a Carol and Rhodey together. It’s canon after all. Rhodes feels genuine affection for Carol. In one of the DeConnick runs, he’s one of a few characters who writes her a letter while she’s away. We don’t see much of this relationship get developed since Carol spends most of her time being Earth’s Avengers ambassador in space.
7. HAS TIME TRAVELED
Fandoms love time travel stories, and the Captain Marvel fandom is no exception. When Kelly Sue DeConnick began her first Captain Marvel run, she started it off strong with a time travel story. Because of this, we were able to get a sense of Captain Marvel’s history and her strong relationship with her mentor, Helen Cobb.
Carol got to accomplish what is usually a fun dinner party conversation: she got to hang out with her hero in her prime. It was a great way to reintroduce us to Carol Danvers. Plus, we got to see the Women’s Air Service Pilots Banshee Squad in all their WWII glory!
6. CAPTAIN AMERICA ENCOURAGED HER TO BE CAPTAIN MARVEL
Though she fought against him during “Civil War”, Captain America and Carol are friends by DeConnick’s 2012 run of Captain Marvel. They team up to fight Absorbing Man in the first issue. In this first issue, Captain America encourages Carol to take the Captain Marvel mantle.
Taking a new name is not new for Carol, but it’s hard for her to assume the Captain Marvel name. The first Captain Marvel died, and she doesn’t want to feel like she’s taking away something else from him. But, as Steve points out, his name was Mar-Vell, not Captain Marvel. Captain Marvel was his legacy that Carol should carry on. And eventually, Carol agrees.
5. HER CAT IS A UNIQUE ALIEN
First of all, it’s canon that Captain Marvel is a cat person, and we love it. Second, her cat is named Chewie after the Star Wars character, which makes her even more awesome. And then, as it turns out, her cat is actually from a rare alien species.
Unbeknownst to Carol, Chewie is a Flerken, who are pretty deadly (as we hear repeatedly from Rocket). Chewie can maintain a cat-like appearance because of her body’s use of pocket dimensions — there’s a lot of monster in that fluffy little body. Chewie has babies in space because Carol would never leave her cat behind when on her travels. We already knew Carol was a good friend, but she’s also a good cat mom!
4. SHE WAS BRAINWASHED
This is a part of Carol’s history that we would like to ignore because it’s so dark. When Carol finds herself suddenly with child, she is alarmed, as all women would be. Making matters worse, when her “son” is born, he grows into a man in a day and explains that he is responsible for everything.
So this immortal scumbag Marcus brainwashed Carol, teleported her to his dimension, assaulted her and then used her to be born in this dimension. It’s truly sickening. To make it even more terrible, which is difficult to do in this scenario, Marcus made Carol stay in love with him. This entire heinous situation is one of the causes of Carol’s personal demons.
3. SHE’S OBSESSED WITH STAR WARS
Carol Danvers is obsessed with Star Wars, which makes her one of us. You know you’re really into a fandom when you name your pet cat after one of the characters (seriously, how many of you are guilty of this too?). In DeConnick’s Captain Marvel runs, Carol makes multiple references to Star Wars.
What makes her references even better, like chef’s kiss gif better, is she does spend a lot of time in space. So when she says, “Chewie, we’re home” she means it. We already have so many reasons to love Captain Marvel, but her being a part of a huge fandom makes her even more lovable.
2. THERE’S A KREE STRUCTURE IN HER BRAIN
Obviously, the Kree DNA has affected Carol’s body. It’s why she has all of these amazing powers. What we may neglect to remember is that her brain also has Kree elements in it — in fact, an entire Kree structure.
When Carol starts getting severe headaches, the doctors try the best they can to do imaging of her brain. Carol’s body has a tendency to absorb electromagnetic radiation. Even though she can heal, this Kree structure will make so that she will lose her memories if she pushes herself too hard. Telling Carol not to push herself is futile, and because of this brain condition, she loses her memories.
1. SHE FOUND VIBRANIUM ON ANOTHER PLANET
We normally only hear talk about vibranium in Black Panther comics. However, one Captain Marvel storyline involved this famously rare element. Refugees, who were already escaping destruction from their home planet, are falling ill on their new planet, and no one knows why. Carol’s the one who realizes that the people are suffering from vibranium sickness.
She recognizes how powerful the element she handles is and knows that the people need a cure, not deportation. Their deportation would get the vibranium into the wrong hands (space pirates and the untrustworthy Emperor). If Carol knows about vibranium in the future MCU film, we could get some interesting conversation between her and T’Challa, another fan favorite character.
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