I was recently invited to see the newest Marvel movie, Captain Marvel. As a big fan of the Marvel series, I certainly would not and could not pass this opportunity. But maybe you are asking who is Captain Marvel and what is her story? Good question. Here is a quick history of how we get to today’s Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers.
History of Captain Marvel
So let’s begin with Captain Marvel did not originate with Marvel Comics. It kind of all began with DC Comics Superman and Fawcett Comics Captain Marvel.
In the Whiz Comics #2 (Fawcett Comics), Captain Marvel is a 12-year-old orphan named Billy Batson. After being led into an underground subway station, the wizard Shazam grants him powers. Anytime Billy screams the wizard’s name, SHAZAM, lightning strikes and he transforms into Captain Marvel.
So how does this have anything to do with Superman? Captain Marvel pretty much is Superman in a different costume with a different name.
Eventually, Captain Marvel ends up with his own family called the Marvel Family: Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel Jr., Mary Marvel, an old man, a tiger named Tawky Tawny, and a bunny. This series ends up becoming one of the most popular in the 1940s and DC Comics is not happy! Unfortunately, Superman is not doing so well.
Captain Marvel and his family eventually come to an end when DC Comics sues Fawcett Comics in 1941 for copyright infringement. They claimed that Captain Marvel was nothing more than DC Comic’s Superman. Fawcett Comics eventually gives in and settled with DC Comics for $400,000
Now enter Marvel Comics.
Mar-Vell, a Kree warrior sent to earth on a mission to destroy the planet, was created in 1967. He disguises himself as the recently-deceased Walter Lawson to fit in; however, he had superpowers. Although he is still on the Kree mission to destroy planet Earth, Mar-Vell begins saving people. Thus, he starts being called Captain Marvel.
Mar-Vell meets Carol Danvers who is the head of security at NASA, when he accepts a job there. As he begins to fall for Danvers, he has a change of heart and decides it is time to save the planet from the Kree.
Unfortunately, Mar-Vell was exposed to carcinogens and eventually ends up dying from cancer in the 1982 first Marvel Comics’ graphic novel, “The Death of Captain Marvel,” written by Jim Starlin.
Mar-Vell’s death leads to a new superhero, Monica Rambeau, created by writer Roger Stern and artists John Romita Jr. in 1982. Monica was Marvel’s first African-American female superhero and she has the ability to transform into any form of energy within the electromagnetic spectrum, super-speed, and flight. She eventually begins training with The Avengers so she can get her powers under control. She becomes known by the media as Captain Marvel.
From 1989 to 1994 she is the star of volume 2 of “Captain Marvel.” Through this series she takes on new superhero names like Photon; Pulsar; and Spectrum. We even catch a glimpse of her in the new movie as the young daughter of Carol Danver’s best friend, Maria Rambeau.
Now enters a new Captain Marvel, Genis-Vell (vol. 3). Since he is the son of Mar-Vell, he begins calling himself Captain Marvel. Monica gives in and takes the name Photon. As fate would have it, later in the series Captain Marvel takes the name Photon causing Monica to call herself Pulsar and eventually Spectrum. It is truly a strange occurrence of events.
Then we have three more Captain Marvel’s – Phyla-Vell (vol. 4) Khn’nr (vol. 5), and Noh-Varr (vol. 6). Crazy, I know, but the story does not stop here!
Here’s a sidebar conversation to keep in mind. DC Comics decides to bring back the Fawcett Comic’s Captain Marvel; however, they can’t just call this comic Captain Marvel because that is already taken. So they go with only option-Shazam. After all, the original Captain Marvel became Captain Marvel after saying Shazam. The problem is everyone was mixed up with what the superhero’s name was and they started calling him Shazam. DC Comics gives in and calls him what the public has come to know him as.
And if you are asking yourself if there is a movie coming out called Shazam, you’d be right! So, the original Captain Marvel is basically Shazam- well, kind of.
We eventually get back to Carol Danvers. She receives powers due to being heavily radiated. Just like the movie, when Mar-Vell tries to rescue her, Danvers is exposed to a Kree weapon that causes her to become half-Kree. Carol Danvers eventually gets her own series and starts being called “Ms. Marvel,” and in 2012 she becomes Captain Marvel.
About Captain Marvel Movie
“Captain Marvel,” an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that introduces the MCU’s first stand-alone, female-franchise title character—Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel.
Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom. The film stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Rune Temte, Algenis Perez Soto, Mckenna Grace, with Annette Bening, with Clark Gregg, and Jude Law. Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL is produced by Kevin Feige and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Patricia Whitcher and Stan Lee are the executive producers. The story is by Nicole Perlman and Joe Shrapnel & Anna Waterhouse, and the screenplay is by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck and Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Jac Schaeffer.
Captain Marvel hits theaters March 8th!
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