Carol Susan Jane Danvers is a fictional superhero who appears in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gene Colan, Danvers first appeared as an officer in the United States Air Force and a colleague of the Kree superhero , Mar-Vell in Marvel Super-Heroes # 13 (March 1968 ). Danvers later became the first incarnation of Ms. Marvel in Ms. Marvel # 1 (January 1977 ) after her DNA fused with Mar-Vell’s during an explosion, granting him superhuman powers. Debuting in the Silver Age of Comics , the character appeared in a series of the same name in the 1970s before being associated with the superhero teams of The Avengers and the X-Men . The character has also been known as Binary , Warbird , and Captain Marvel at various points in their history. She has been labeled “Marvel’s Greatest Female Hero”, and possibly “Marvel’s Most Powerful Avenger”.
A fight between Mar-Vell and Commander Yon-Rogg ended with the explosion of a Kree weapon , affecting Carol. The radiation altered her genetic makeup and turned her into a human-Kree hybrid of enormous powers. She then assumed the identity of Ms. Marvel, wearing a suit similar to Captain Marvel himself, which was soon changed to a black one. He worked several times with the Avengers and eventually joined them when the Scarlet Witch was away.
She was manipulated by Marcus Immortus , son of Immortus , to go with him to Limbo. At the time it seemed like a decision made by herself, so the Avengers did not resist. Upon her return, she was attacked by the mutant Rogue , evil at that time. Rogue absorbed both her powers, her memories, and her personality permanently, leaving her in a coma . Professor Charles Xavier helped her regain her memory but not her emotional connection to them, so she feels them as if they were someone else’s.
While recovering with the X-Men , the Brood aliens experimented on her and unleashed the potential of her hybrid genes, empowering her on cosmic levels. Since then it has been called Binary. He traveled with the Starjammers for a time, but eventually his new powers waned again.
When the Avengers returned to activity and began to form a team, Danvers (now known as Warrior Bird) concealed his loss of power to secure a place in the group. However, in the fights with the Supreme Squad it became apparent that he could no longer ascend to Binary. Her hiding her true level of power, coupled with serious incidents due to her recent alcoholism , prompted the Avengers to bring her to trial and remove her from group 5 . However, he was able to return some time later, when he had his addiction under control.
When they realized that the Phoenix Force was heading towards Earth, Ms. Marvel was part of the team sent to stop / extract the Phoenix Force, if necessary at all costs. She encountered a resurrected Captain Marvel, who was revived by the Kree Empire using the M’Kraan Crystal in order to unite and protect all of the Kree against the Phoenix Force.
Mar-Vell realizes that the Phoenix is coming to claim the part of his power that was used to resurrect him and still resides within him. He sacrifices himself to save Hala and the Phoenix departs from Earth. She realized what Mar-Vell meant to her and they decide to take her legacy, becoming the new Captain Marvel in the aftermath of the war against the X-Men.
Created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gene Colan, Danvers first appeared as an officer in the United States Air Force and a colleague of the Kree superhero Mar-Vell in Marvel Super-Heroes #13 (March 1968). Danvers later became the first incarnation of Ms. Marvel in Ms. Marvel #1 (cover-dated Jan. 1977) after her DNA was fused with Mar-Vell’s during an explosion, giving her superhuman powers.
POWER and ABILITIES
As Ms. Marvel, Carol Danvers initially possessed superhuman strength, endurance, stamina, physical durability, a limited precognitive “seventh sense” and a perfectly amalgamated human/Kree physiology that rendered her resistant to most toxins and poisons. She originally only had the power of flight thanks to a contraption under her suit.
Danvers resurfaces with superhuman abilities and becomes the hero Ms. Marvel (created by writer Gerry Conway and artist John Buscema) in a self-titled series in January 1977, at first written by Gerry Conway and later by Chris Claremont. In the series, she is the editor of Women Magazine, a spin-off of the Daily Bugle. It is revealed that the energy exposure from the explosion of a device called the “Psyche-Magnetron” caused Danvers’s genetic structure to meld with Captain Marvel’s, effectively turning her into a human-Kree hybrid.
ENEMIES & ROGUES
As a heroine, many of Carol’s deadliest foes are of Kree origin, including Ronan the Accuser, the Supreme Intelligence, Yon-Rogg, Doctor Minerva, and Doctor Eve. Deathbird of the Shi’ar has been a constant nemesis for Carol, but Mystique, M.O.D.O.K., and Moonstone also have a long history with her.
Since adopting her original Ms. Marvel identity, Carol has become close friends with Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), Jessica Jones, and Wonder Man, as well as other members of the Avengers. Carol is also an inspiration for the current Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan.