Comicbook / Ms. Marvel

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As Captain Marvel on the cover of Captain Marvel #1 (March 2014).
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Her first costume, of many, as Ms. Marvel on the cover of Ms. Marvel #1 (January 1977).

"We're gonna get where we're going, you and me. Death and indignity be damned. We'll get there, and we will be the stars we were always meant to be."
Captain Marvel (2012) #1

Captain Marvel (formerly Ms. Marvel) is a Marvel Comics super heroine, Distaff Counterpart of (their version of) Captain Marvel. Originally a supporting character in his series, Carol Danvers first appeared in Marvel Super-Heroes #13 (March, 1968). She was created by Roy Thomas and Gene Colan. She eventually gained her own series Ms. Marvel vol. 1, which lasted for 23 issues (January, 1977-April, 1979). She mostly appeared in team books ever since, returning to the spotlight with Ms. Marvel vol. 2, which lasted for 50 issues (May, 2006-April, 2010). After that she made regular appearances in team books again, until her third solo series was launched in 2012.

Carol Danvers was a tough Air Force officer who was involved in various missions, at one point teaming up with Logan, and another time, with Ben Grimm. She later became chief of security at NASA. At one point, she was involved in a battle with the alien Kree race, befriending their hero, Captain Marvel (for whom she harbored a Lois Lane-style infatuation). Later she was hit by the explosion of a Kree Psyche-Magnetron device which messed with her DNA, causing her to later have blackouts during which her body morphed into a Kree warrior, who called herself 'Ms. Marvel'. It also caused her to fall from grace in the military world and she was forced to become a magazine editor for The Daily Bugle.

Ms. Marvel had a different personality than Carol, but eventually she came to terms with it and their personalities combined. She celebrated the change with a new costume... just in time for her series to be cancelled.

She later joined The Avengers but decided to quit after an incident which caused her to become pregnant by an adult version of her baby. Later, Rogue (at the time a villain under Mystique) ambushed her. After a grueling battle, Rogue absorbed Ms. Marvel's powers AND memories, then threw her off below the Golden Gate bridge, leaving her to die. Fortunately, Spider Woman/Jessica Drew was around at that time and rescued Carol and sent her to the X-Mansion for treatment courtesy of Professor Xavier. After she sort of recovered (she regained her memory, but not her powers or emotions) Carol chose to stay with the X-Men for a while.

Unfortunately this led to her getting caught by the Brood aliens along with the X-Men. The Brood experiment on her and she ends up turned into a new superhero named "Binary" (as in 'binary star') with the power to manipulate stellar energy. She had some space adventures after joining the Starjammers, but eventually returned to Earth. At that time, her full memories returned and she went by the name Warbird (using a reduced version of her Binary powers to simulate her Ms. Marvel power set) since another character had taken up the name Miss Marvel in her absence. She also rejoined The Avengers. Unfortunately, all the sufferings she experienced became a burden to her and she resorts to alcohol to relinquish her pain, which got her expelled from the group. A consolation from fellow alcoholic Iron Man set her straight and she later rejoined the Avengers.

During House of M, Carol was inspired by that dimension's version of Ms. Marvel, who is essentially the Marvel version of Wonder Woman, and realizes her potential. She started taking life positively once more and used the name Ms. Marvel again (as the second Ms. Marvel was no longer using it). In 2006 Marvel launched her new solo book, which ran until 2010. All 50 issues of that series were written by Brian Reed.

She was later involved in various events such as the Civil War (siding with Iron Man, and kicking some dogs along the way) and the Secret Invasion. She was once the leader of the Mighty Avengers team, then she joined the New Avengers after Norman Osborn formed the Dark Avengers. When Osborn's Dark Reign was over, she became a member of the New Avengers under Luke Cage. She is also recurring character in Alias as best friend of fallen superhero-turned-Private Eye Jessica Jones.

In July 2012, Carol got a new uniform and hairstyle (which varies depending on the artist interpretation on how her hair fits with the collapsible face mask/cowl), changed her name from Ms. Marvel to Captain Marvel, and got a new ongoing book under that name, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick. Even though Carol Danvers had been depicted as a feminist superhero since the 1970s, DeConnick was the first woman to become a regular writer of her series.

In 2019, Carol will make her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in a solo Captain Marvel movie, played there by Brie Larson.

Other Ms. Marvels:

The second Ms. Marvel, Sharon Ventura, was the girlfriend of The Thing (Ben Grimm) who gained Super Strength from a crooked sports promoter (and his Mad Scientist partner). She was later accidentally turned into a female version of The Thing.

In Norman Osborn's copycat Dark Avengers, "Ms. Marvel" was played by villainess Karla Sofen (Moonstone), a half-insane psychiatrist with powers from alien gems, who was later known as the heroine Meteorite from the Thunderbolts. Osborn's second set of Dark Avengers gave the role to Deidre Wentworth (Superia), a super-powered misandrist in a variant of Captain Mar-Vell's costume.

After Carol took on the "Captain" title, a new Ms. Marvel series was launched in January 2014, starring a teenager named Kamala Khan as the new Ms. Marvel. Khan is notable as a rare depiction of a Pakistani-American superhero, as well as a non-villainous depiction of a Muslim. For tropes related to her series, see here.


Anime

Comics
  • Ms. Marvel Vol. 1 (1977)
  • Ms. Marvel Vol. 2 (2006)
  • Captain Marvel Vol. 7 (2012)
  • Captain Marvel Vol. 8 (2014)
  • Captain Marvel & The Carol Corps (2015)
  • A-Force Vol. 2 (2016)
  • Captain Marvel Vol. 9 (2016)

Film

Video Games

Western Animation


Tropes Associated:

  • Action Girl: She's currently known as 'Earth's Mightiest Hero' for a very good reason.
  • Adaptational Badass: While very much a badass to begin with and heavy hitter, in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, she packs considerably more of a wallop, being capable of going toe to toe with the Hulk. This seems to be part of a trend, as Kevin Feige has stated that the MCU version of Carol will be one of the most powerful superheroes in that universe. Considering how powerful Ronan was in Guardians of the Galaxy and how a single Kree (implied to be a fairly powerful one) proved capable of going toe to toe with Lady Sif in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., this is perhaps less than surprising.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: She was added to the cast of The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! in season 2 so that the team would finally have another woman on the team, since The Wasp was the sole female Avenger up until that point.
    • Captain Marvel and the Falcon were added to the Avengers in the Marvel Universe LIVE! stage show (which primarily uses The Avengers movie roster) so that the cast would have another woman and a non-white hero, respectively.
  • Affirmative Action Legacy:
  • The Alcoholic: She hit the bottle hard after losing her full Binary powers - she was dealing with the power loss at the same time she regained her emotional connection to some very nasty memories. Iron Man helped her out and got her into Alcoholic Anonymous.
  • All Your Powers Combined: The current Captain Marvel has both the power of her old self and Binary.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Although her physique varies Depending on the Artist, she is a big woman who has large muscles, standing in at 5'11" and over 160 lbs. Frank Cho in particular makes her look like Cammie.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • Mystique. It's not just the X-Men that want her blood and for good reason - Mystique murdered Carol's boyfriend in Carol's form. As far as the poor bloke was concerned, his girlfriend went berserk and stabbed him to death.
    • For a long time, Rogue was played as her Arch-Enemy, but a combination of Rogue's Heel–Face Turn and Carol regaining the stolen memories have gone a long way to repairing things although tensions remain. They now occasionally engage in Teeth-Clenched Teamwork.
    • Moonstone has been played up as this a LOT recently.
    • The Brood also consider Carol to be their greatest enemy due to the sheer damage she inflicted on their empire as Binary.
    • Some fans also jokingly consider Carol's greatest enemies to be cars due to her rather frequent tendency to get hit by them in battle.
  • Ascended Extra: Carol used to be a something of a second-stringer amongst the Marvel Comics fandom and most people outside of Avengers fandom would just know her as 'The woman that Rogue stole her powers from'. After House of M, she started to get her own ongoing series and more prominence in other titles.
    • Played with in the The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! animated television program. She and Captain Mar-Vell are introduced in the same episode. Most of the first half has her taking the guest star spotlight, before she acquires her powers, while the second half heavily features Captain Mar-Vell (although one inspired by his Ultimate Marvel portrayal). In the next season Carol (with powers) and Mar-Vell return, but Carol is given more prominence, especially after joining the Avengers.
  • Badass Normal: Even before becoming Ms. Marvel, Carol could still hold her own, being an experienced and highly decorated Air Force officer. Taken even further in Ultimate Marvel, where Carol is still a military woman and never became Ms. Marvel (but as an Agent of SHIELD she gets to be SHIELD Director for a while).
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her original, Mar-Vell-style uniform (which was also worn by the copycats assigned by Norman Osborn).
  • Blood Knight: She became this during the Battle of New York against the Super-Skrulls. Major ass-kicking ensued.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Subverted. In the first issues, Ms. Marvel suit had a high-tech webbing built inside, which allowed her to fly. In issues 6 and 7 she was exposed to the Kree magnitron a second time, which destroyed the tech in her suit, but also transferred the flight power to her own body. It has stayed that way since then, making this flying suit an Early Installment Weirdness.
  • Clothing Damage: Happen during Secret Invasion when a skrull unleashes an energy blast from his eyes that shreds her costume.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Karla Sofen (Moonstone), as the Dark Avenger Ms. Marvel, takes over the second volume when Carol is believed dead. But in her second issue, she ends up fighting a woman made of energy who turns out to be Carol. Moonstone's issues also have a new logo, the same one later used for Kamala Khan's comics. That logo includes a thunderbolt, which Carol wore at the time but Karla never did.
  • Depending on the Artist: Ever since she donned her Captain Marvel persona, her hair varies with the artist drawing her at the time, from being short and neat to being long, wild, and messy, to anything in between, usually with a fauxhawk (either naturally or created by her mask).
  • Distaff Counterpart: Captain Marvel's, naturally. In the probably-not-canon "Age of the Sentry" mini-series, she was also shown becoming the Sentress.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: You know you're off the wagon when Tony Stark calls you on it. He later sponsors her at Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • Eek, a Mouse!!: Jessica Drew is not a fan of rats.
  • Energy Absorption: Part of her super power set.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Subverted in the entry below. Carol putting Moonstone's power source in her mother's tomb in hopes for her redemption is because she thinks this trope might apply to Moonstone. It doesn't.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Carol is eventually victorious against Moonstone and ripped away her power source, leaving her to die in 3 days, but if she can redeem herself, she'll live. In an attempt for a Heel Face Turn, Carol puts Moonstone's power in her mother's grave, so she could realize why she has gone bad. When Moonstone reclaimed it, she... smashes her mother's tombstone.
  • Flying Brick: Her original power set.
  • Flying Firepower: In a rare overlap with Flying Brick, she currently tends to switch between brawling and blasting her opponents.
  • Four-Star Badass: Holds the rank of Colonel in the US Air Force. Which, technically, means she outranks Captain America. It also means "Captain" Marvel is a downgrade.
  • Gendered Outfit: Her classic, more Stripperiffic costume.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Even with her energy powers, Carol openly says she enjoys punching things.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Her iconic Warbird uniform.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: In the 2006 series, Carol hires a publicist as part of her attempt to move up to the A-list of heroes (and after not being recognized by D-list villain Stilt-Man).
  • Hopeless Suitor: Carol was this to Captain Mar-Vell, back when she was just a non-powered supporting character in his comics. Unfortunately for her, he already had a girlfriend, hence the hopeless angle, though she did manage to kiss him at least once. They later settled for being friends.
  • I Have Many Names: She sticks with the default for now.
  • I Owe You My Life: While not because of 'saving from death', this might be the reason why she assists Tony in Civil War (she'd be an alcoholic wreck if it wasn't for him...). Though this is more or less the reason of her friendship with Jessica Drew.
  • Kick the Dog: Separating Julia Carpenter from her daughter just because she's a defector of the Pro-Registration side who was a spy for Steve Rogers is just... well... low.
    • Carol's been on the receiving end of this trope herself more than once, and there were other personal crimes committed by Pro-Registration heroes on Anti-Registration heroes that were just as bad if not worse.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The first issues of her first comic book are starred by both Ms. Marvel, a new superhero with amnesia; and Carol Danvers, a military who used to be a secondary character at the Captain Marvel comic book, now working as a journalist and who frequently passes out for no reason. It is eventually revealed that Carol Danvers is Ms. Marvel (she turns into a superhero, without being aware of it).
  • Leotard of Power: Her usual costume, up until she took up the "Captain" title and switched to a full-body suit.
  • Light 'em Up: After the Brood experimented on her, she gained photon-based powers.
  • Male Gaze: If Carol is in a book wearing her "Ms. Marvel" leotard, chances are the artist will find some way to get a rear shot, regardless of what she may be doing at the time. Artists have been known to draw her with a rather sizable backside.
  • Most Common Superpower: Carol Danvers was never exactly under-endowed.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The only way her costumes as Ms. Marvel can be justified.
    • Lampshaded by Moonstone/Dark!Ms. Marvel in Avengers: The Initiative when she asks Tigra just how Carol wears these outfits.
    • Finally averted with her latest outfit, which aside from being form-fitting, is about as non-fanservice as you can get. According to Steve Wacker, one of the reasons she was given the redesigned costume was because he wanted his own daughter to be able to dress up as Captain Marvel.
  • Overranked Soldier: Even by the standards of Comic-Book Time and Continuity Snarl, Carol's military rank is still improbable. She retired from the U.S. Air Force at the rank of full Colonel (O-6)... apparently before her first chronological comic book appearance in 1968. Absent some highly unusual situation, one would expect Carol to be at least pushing 40, and this is before her entire career as a superhero. While she's depicted as an experienced hero in current stories with an official age of 31, she isn't drawn or treated as if she's anywhere near as old as her backstory would suggest.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: As in parodying 'The Death of Captain Marvel', the last print of her current issue (#50) had her in this pose... with the same death figure. That doesn't kill her, fortunately.
  • Platonic Life Partners: She is hot, stunning, and around him quite often, but at no point has she ever slept with Iron Man, who Really Gets Around with just about every other attractive heroine
  • Power Incontinence: At first, the Ms. Marvel persona comes without Carol's control.
  • The Rival: As of now; Moonstone. Prior to that, Rogue. Going by what Rogue says in her issue of A+X, the two are on better terms now; well, either that or the writer didn't know that they hate each other.
  • Running Gag:
    • Her being "fat" (despite having more or less a perfect physique).
    • Her constant battles against cars.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Part of her original costume. Carol later uses it as a sash for her more iconic costume (as well as for the current Captain Marvel full body suit).
  • Secret Public Identity: Carol Danvers has household name recognition.
  • She's Got Legs: Boy, does she know how to use 'em. Carol's long legs are usually emphasized through her original costumes(which were pant-less and Stripperiffic) that she wore during the times that she was Ms. Marvel and the tights of the current form-fitting outfit that she wears as Captain Marvel.
  • Shout-Out: In recent years, she's developed a tendency to make references to Star Wars and, to a lesser extent, Star Trek, from naming her cat 'Chewie' (to which she admits is nerdy but justifies it by stating she looks like Chewbacca), to trying to perform a Jedi mindtrick on some HAMMER goons (who both get the reference and laugh it off, before she kicks their ass).
  • Solar CPR: How she loses her Binary powers.
  • Split Personality: Her early problems which she overcame. Came to light again during her recent battle with Moonstone.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Carol is 5-feet-11-inches of pure hotness.
    • Originally Marvel stats listed Carol as 5-foot-7 and that she would grow to 5-foot-9 when she transformed into Ms. Marvel in the 70s, but this was eventually retconned out as her simply being 5-foot-11.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: In her earliest solo stories, Carol got this treatment from J. Jonah Jameson, who, as her boss, was something of a Straw Misogynist. Which, oddly, doesn't make much sense considering how well he's treated Betty Brant and his outspoken views against discrimination against anyone besides Spider-people.
    • Carol's father seemed to have a fixation with this trope, as he refused to send Carol to college partly because of a bad financial situation and also because he seriously believed that as a woman Carol could never handle college and the real world and seriously believed she'd be better off just marrying a nice guy and being a stay at home mom while he sent one of her brothers to college instead, despite the fact that Carol was smarter than both of her brothers and had better grades. Needless to say, Carol did not agree with her father on this matter and joined the United States Air Force to make her own way, which he didn't take well.
  • Stripperiffic: Her original costume. Not that her skin-tight outfit isn't one now. Her original original costume, though, was a feminized version of Captain Mar-Vell's Kree uniform, which covered everything.
  • Suicide Dare: It is revealed that the selfish, amoral psychologist and psychiatrist Dr. Karla Sofen (AKA Moonstone) convinced depressed patients to kill themselves while she watched. Despite this, there have been a number of attempts to redeem her. If the characters knew the character the way the reader does, they would stop trying to redeem her, and either kill her or give her a Fate Worse Than Death.
  • Super Mode: Binary was treated as such during Carol's membership in the third volume of Avengers. She started drinking because she lost those powers and didn't tell her teammates. She later regained them to some degree.
  • Superpowered Alter Ego: Initially, Ms. Marvel and Carol Danvers were different people, and exchanged sides with a Transformation Sequence.
  • Swarm of Rats: Jessica Drew details an adventure involving every rat in New York in a letter to Carol.
  • Take That: The first issue of the 70's series had a citizen claim that Ms. Marvel made Lynda Carter "look like Olive Oyl".
  • Thong of Shielding: Depending on the Artist
  • Tsundere: Recently, towards Spider-Man.
  • Underwear of Power: Again, part of her original costume.
    • All of the costume tropes above caused Rogue (at a point in the X-Men where she was manifesting Ms Marvel's costume) to lament Danvers' choice in clothes.
    • And Kamala Khan complains that Carol's Warbird costume gives 'epic wedgies'.
  • The Unfavorite: Carol was apparently never very close to her father, who stubbornly clung to old fashioned notions that women couldn't hold their own with the men and that her father never seemed comfortable around her, which only got worse when she joined the Air Force so she could have her own life after her father refused to send her to college.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Awesomely called the Avengers out in in Avengers Annual #10, for their dickery from the 200th issue.
  • With a Foot on the Bus: In her #10 issue she had a tragic encounter with another Ms. Marvel from a Expendable Alternate Universe. She left to the space, and thought about leaving the planet and not returning. But what the hell, doing that is another way of escaping from problems instead of dealing with them... so she turned back and returned home.
  • Wolverine Publicity: During the "All-New, All-Different Marvel" era, Carol was featured in a number of books, as part of a number of teams. In her own book, she acted as leader of Alpha Flight. She was also a regular team member of The Ultimates (2015), and the Sixth Ranger of A-Force.
  • You Are Fat: A running gag in-series (despite her being anything but).

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