Today we talk about Carol Danvers. In view of the release of the film dedicated to her, let's retrace the editorial history of Captain Marvel and try to understand the focal points of the character. This will be the first in a series of articles about those who, at one point or another in history, have taken on the mantle of Captain Marvel.
The editorial origin of Carol Danvers
Carol Danvers is a character created by Roy Thomas and Gene Colan, who first appeared in Marvel Super-Heroes # 13 in March 1968. Initially he has no superpowers and introduces himself as an officer in the United States Air Force. Following an explosion, her DNA merges with Mar-Vell's, giving her extraordinary abilities. Carol then assumes the identity of Ms. Marvel and sees her fame grow very fast. The character played in the formation of the X-men and the Avengers, carving out the first magazine dedicated to her in 1977.
In 2012 he took on the name of Captain Marvel, inheriting part of the bad luck that comes with this name.
Characterization of Carol Danvers
In 1977, in writing the character of Ms. Marvel in preparation for her debut as a solo artist in American comics, writer Gerry Conway played a pivotal role in the characterization. The introduction to number 1 remains famous
You might see a parallel between here quest for identity, and the modern woman's quest for raised consciousness, for self-liberation, for identityGerry Conway, Ms. Prints. Ms. Marvel # 1 1977
The characterization and clothing of the character were long discussed with fans, and sometimes criticized, because of what Ms. Marvel represented. Many asked that her uniform was not the female version of Captain Marvel, giving the character a greater identity. Others demanded that she not go too far in the masculinization of Carol or its opposite. Famous is the reflection that asked why the superheroines of the time were essentially tomboys or fragile ladies. For Ms. Marvel, she simply asked for balance: a woman who could be tough and rude when the situation called for it and loving and caring in others.
The Powers of Carol Danvers
Carol Danvers initially possessed a few simple powers: super strength; super strength; super stamina; a limited seventh sense and a DNA that allowed it to resist most toxins.
Once she assumed the identity of Binary, her powers increased dramatically allowing her to draw energy from white holes. At this point in his life, he became one of the strongest superheroes in the Marvel universe. Carol was in full control of stellar energy (heat, electromagnetic field, and gravity), could travel at the speed of light and survive in the vacuum of space.
After breaking the connection with the white hole, Carol kept part of these powers in reduced form. The greatest possibility of this new phase comes from the ability to absorb energy of any kind (even the magical one, albeit in smaller quantities and with possible devastating consequences).
The editorial story of Carol Danvers
The character made his debut in the 60s as an officer in the United States Air Force. During his work he meets Dr. Walter Lawson, human alias of the alien Kree Mar-Vell. During an explosion, in an attempt to get close to Captain Marvel, Carol becomes involved and suffers serious and serious injuries.
In 1977 the character re-emerges with superpowers in his Ms. Marvel magazine. In the series, it turns out that the explosion perfectly fused Kree DNA with human DNA, making Carol a de facto hybrid. This union of two natures gave her the powers that distinguish the first phase of the character.
At the release of # 1, the magazine was consciously progressive in many areas. The first example is the use of the word Ms. then associated with the feminist movement, and in the fact that in the series Carol fights for equal pay and work.
In issue 200 of The Avengers magazine, Carol is kidnapped by a character known as Marcus. He brings her into a parallel universe, brainwashes her and impregnates her. Subsequently, Danvers returns to his universe where he conceives a new version of Marcus.
Fans and critics harshly and harshly criticized the story, given the sexual violence present within. There were attempts to fix it, thanks to the memory loss, but the damage was now done. A strongly feminist character had been repeatedly raped (this can be seen from the register) in the mind and body.
During this time Carol joins the X-men, where Rogue absorbs all her powers and memories, later restored by Professor X. During one of the adventures in space, the alien race Brood experiments on her, transforming her into Binary and binding her to the white hole.
The character made sporadic appearances until the Operation Galactic Storm event, where his connection to the white hole is severed.
The writers at this point explore the character, making her experience alcoholism and allowing her to join the Avengers as Warbird. Unfortunately the group decides to suspend it after the "Live like a Kree or die" event.
Carol returns to the Avengers for the “Dynasty of Kang” miniseries where she confronts her past and, in some ways, her own rape. She leaves the event with her head held high and, despite having taken a life, the court-martial declares her innocent. After the disbandment of the Avengers, he chooses not to join the New Avengers of Captain America and Iron Man.
During the “House of M” event we discover how Carol Danvers has the unconscious desire to be accepted as the greatest super hero in the world.
In the vicinity of Civil War, one of the biggest maxi events of the 2000s, Carol gets her own head again. He fights for the non-human registration act and often helps Tony Stark on the field.
In 2007, Carol Danvers assumes the role of leader of the Powerful Avengers, and works closely with the new director of SHIELD Tony Stark. Their collaboration will not necessarily lead to positive results.
After the Secret Invasion event, Carol refuses to serve under Norman Osborn as Ms. Marvel. The new master of the HAMMER does not accept her refusal and arranges a fight where Carol loses her life. The New Avengers will be the main proponents of his return.
Carol Danvers' present (No Spoiler)
The growing use of the character in recent events led some of the commentators to define Carol as
“The leading heroine of the House of Ideas”.Opinion on Carol at the end of the first decade of the 2000s
Taking on the role of Captain Marvel in 2012, Carol Danvers reaches the crest of the wave. The writers decide on her return to the Avengers, which receives praise from Marvel for having "brought some female power between the lines of the Avengers."
In recent years the character has seen a steady growth of roles and importance in the world of Marvel, obviously culminating with Civil War II. Despite the success, Carol only manages to get six / eight book miniseries most of the time. A flaw, most likely, is the great variety of the character's stories. It is plausible that some readers have been dissatisfied with too much variety of Captain Marvel stories, ranging from space to neighborhood superhero.
In 2018 the character got new origins, or rather a "new interpretation" that should bring it closer to that of the film. For anyone who loves the character, it is plausible to hope that he gets a minimum of stability. Carol Danvers needs a regular series that better defines who her character is in this new decade (maybe 2020) and what she is about.