[[caption-width-right:300: As Captain Marvel on the cover of ''Captain Marvel'' #1 (August 2012).]]
[[caption-width-right:300: 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 MarvelComics super heroine, DistaffCounterpart of (their version of) [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell 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 [[ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} Logan]], and another time, with [[ComicBook/FantasticFour 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 ComicBook/LoisLane-style infatuation). Later she was hit by the explosion of a Kree [[AppliedPhlebotinum 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 [[Franchise/SpiderMan 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 ComicBook/TheAvengers but decided to quit after an incident which caused her to [[FetusTerrible become pregnant by an adult version of her baby]]. Later, [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Rogue]] (at the time a villain under Mystique) ambushed her. After a grueling battle, Rogue absorbed Ms. Marvel's powers AND memories, then [[LeftForDead threw her off below the Golden Gate bridge, leaving her to die.]] Fortunately, [[ComicBook/SpiderWoman Spider Woman/Jessica Drew]] [[BigDamnHeroes 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 ComicBook/{{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 [[SpacePirate 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 [[TheAlcoholic alcohol]] [[OffTheWagon to]] [[DrowningMySorrows relinquish her pain]], which got her expelled from the group. A consolation from fellow alcoholic ComicBook/IronMan set her straight and she later rejoined the Avengers.

During ''ComicBook/HouseOfM'', Carol was inspired by [[AlternateReality that dimension's]] version of Ms. Marvel, who is essentially the Marvel version of Franchise/WonderWoman, 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 ComicBook/CivilWar (siding with Iron Man, and [[KickTheDog kicking some dogs]] along the way) and the ComicBook/SecretInvasion. She was once the leader of the ''ComicBook/MightyAvengers'' team, then she joined the ''ComicBook/NewAvengers'' after ComicBook/NormanOsborn formed the ''ComicBook/DarkAvengers''. When Osborn's ''ComicBook/DarkReign'' was over, she became a member of the ''New Avengers'' under ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}.

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 [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell Captain Marvel]], and got a new ongoing book under that name, written by [[Creator/KellySueDeConnick 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.

!!! Other Ms. Marvels:
The second Ms. Marvel, Sharon Ventura, was the girlfriend of [[ComicBook/FantasticFour The Thing (Ben Grimm)]] who gained SuperStrength from a crooked sports promoter (and his MadScientist partner). She was later [[ContrivedCoincidence accidentally turned into a female version of The Thing.]]

In ComicBook/NormanOsborn's copycat ComicBook/DarkAvengers, "Ms. Marvel" was played by villainess Karla Sofen (Moonstone), a half-insane psychiatrist with powers from [[MineralMacGuffin 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 [[ComicBook/MsMarvel2014 here]].

!! Works featuring Carol Danvers:

* ''Anime/AvengersConfidentialBlackWidowAndPunisher''

* ''Ms. Marvel Vol. 1'' (1977)
* ''Ms. Marvel Vol. 2'' (2006)
* ''Captain Marvel Vol. 7'' (2012)
* ''Captain Marvel Vol. 8'' (2014)
* ''[[ComicBook/SecretWars2015 Captain Marvel & The Carol Corps]]'' (2015)
* ''ComicBook/AForce Vol. 2'' (2016)
* ''Captain Marvel Vol. 9'' (2016)

* ''Captain Marvel'', to be released on March 8, 2019 and set within the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.

* ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance'': Ms. Marvel is a playable character, with Sharon Ventura as one of her alternate costumes.
* ''Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2'': Ms. Marvel returns as a playable character.
* ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance'': Ms. Marvel is one of the recruitable heroes.
* ''VideoGame/MarvelPuzzleQuest'': Playable as both Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel.
* ''[[VideoGame/LegoAdaptationGame Lego Marvel Superheroes]]'' and ''Lego Marvel's Avengers'': Carol is playable in the former as Ms. Marvel and in the latter as Captain Marvel.
* ''VideoGame/MarvelContestOfChampions'': Playable as both Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel.
* ''VideoGame/MarvelFutureFight'': Playable as Captain Marvel, with a Ms. Marvel alternate costume later released.

* ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' (one episode)
* ''TheSuperHeroSquadShow'': Appears as a recurring character.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'': First makes an appearance as Carol Danvers in Season 1, then joining the Avengers in Season 2 as Ms. Marvel.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' A guest star in season 3.

!!Tropes Associated:

* ActionGirl: She's currently known as 'Earth's Mightiest Hero' for a very good reason.
* AdaptationalBadass: 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 ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' and how a single Kree (implied to be a fairly powerful one) proved capable of going toe to toe with [[LadyOfWar Lady]] [[GodOfWar Sif]] in ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', this is perhaps less than surprising.
* AffirmativeActionGirl: 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 TheWasp 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 ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' movie roster) so that the cast would have another woman and a non-white hero, respectively.
* AffirmativeActionLegacy:
** In the Manga/MarvelMangaverse Carol becomes the second ComicBook/CaptainAmerica after the original is slain.
** In 2012, Carol becomes one for ComicBook/CaptainMarVell.
* TheAlcoholic: 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.
* AllYourPowersCombined: The current Captain Marvel has both the power of her old self and Binary.
* AmazonianBeauty: Although her physique varies DependingOnTheArtist, she is a big woman, standing in at 5'11" and over 160 lbs. FrankCho in particular makes her look like [[StreetFighter Cammie]].
* ArchEnemy:
** 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, [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Rogue]] was played as her ArchEnemy, but a combination of Rogue's HeelFaceTurn and Carol regaining the stolen memories have gone a long way to repairing things although tensions remain. They now occasionally engage in TeethClenchedTeamwork.
** 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.
*** The car thing took kind of a shocking twist when her unpowered ComicBook/UltimateMarvel counterpart was [[BrickJoke hit by a car and put in critical condition in an arc of the Ultimates]].
* AscendedExtra: 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 [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Rogue]] stole her powers from'. After ''ComicBook/HouseOfM'', she started to get her own ongoing series and more prominence in other titles.
** Played with in the ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' 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 ComicBook/UltimateMarvel portrayal). In the next season Carol (with powers) and Mar-Vell return, but Carol is given more prominence, especially after joining the Avengers.
* BadassNormal: Even before becoming Ms. Marvel, Carol could still hold her own, being an experienced and highly decorated Air Force officer. Taken even further in ComicBook/UltimateMarvel, 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).
* BareYourMidriff: Her original, Mar-Vell-style uniform (which was also worn by the copycats assigned by ComicBook/NormanOsborn).
* BloodKnight: She became this during the Battle of New York against the Super-Skrulls. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Major ass-kicking]] ensued.
* ClothingDamage: Happen during ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion'' when a skrull unleashes an energy blast from his eyes that shreds her costume.
* DependingOnTheArtist: 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).
* DistaffCounterpart: Captain Marvel's, naturally. In the probably-not-canon "[[ComicBook/TheSentry Age of the Sentry]]" mini-series, she was also shown becoming the Sentress.
* DrowningMySorrows: You know you're off the wagon when ''Tony Stark'' calls you on it. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming He later sponsors her at Alcoholics Anonymous]].
* EekAMouse: [[ComicBook/SpiderWoman Jessica Drew]] is not a fan of rats.
* EnergyAbsorption: Part of her super power set.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Subverted in the entry below. [[spoiler: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.]]
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: [[spoiler: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.]]
* FlyingBrick: Her original power set.
* FlyingFirepower: In a rare overlap with FlyingBrick, she currently tends to switch between brawling and blasting her opponents.
* FourStarBadass: 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''.
* GenderedOutfit: Her classic, more {{Stripperiffic}} costume.
* GoodOldFisticuffs: Even with her energy powers, Carol openly says she enjoys punching things.
* HellBentForLeather: Her iconic Warbird uniform.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: 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).
* HopelessSuitor: Carol was this to ComicBook/CaptainMarVell, 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.
* IHaveManyNames: She sticks with the default for now.
* IOweYouMyLife: 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.
* KickTheDog: Separating [[ComicBook/SpiderWoman Julia Carpenter]] from her daughter just because she's a defector of the Pro-Registration side who was a spy for [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica 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.
* LeotardOfPower: Her usual costume, up until she took up the "Captain" title and switched to a full-body suit.
* LightEmUp: After the Brood experimented on her, she gained photon-based powers.
* MaleGaze: 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.
* MostCommonSuperpower: Carol Danvers was never exactly under-endowed. (May have had something to do with why her energy-projecting incarnation was called "Binary".)
* MsFanservice: 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.
*** Its also lampshaded by [[Comicbook/MsMarvel2014 Kamala Khan]] later, who repeats Moonstone's complaint about the wedgies the suit gives while wearing it, [[DidNotThinkThisThrough after originally gushing about how much she wanted to wear it]].
** ''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.
* OverrankedSoldier: Even by the standards of ComicBookTime and ContinuitySnarl, 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.
* PietaPlagiarism: 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.
* PlatonicLifePartners: She is hot, stunning, and around him quite often, but at no point has she ever slept with ComicBook/IronMan, who ReallyGetsAround with just about every other attractive heroine
* PowerIncontinence: At first, the Ms. Marvel persona comes without Carol's control.
* TheRival: 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.
* RunningGag:
** Her being "fat" (despite having more or less a perfect physique).
** Her constant battles against cars.
* ScarfOfAsskicking: 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).
* SecretPublicIdentity: Carol Danvers has household name recognition.
* ShesGotLegs: Boy, does she know how to use 'em. Her leggy figure is usually emphasized through original costumes(that were stripperiffic) and the tights of her current skin tight outfit
* ShoutOut: In recent years, she's developed a tendency to make references to ''Franchise/StarWars'' and, to a lesser extent, ''Franchise/StarTrek'', 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).
* SolarCPR: How she loses her Binary powers.
* SplitPersonality: Her early problems which she overcame. Came to light again during her recent battle with Moonstone.
* StatuesqueStunner: 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.
* StayInTheKitchen: In her earliest solo stories, Carol got this treatment from [[Franchise/SpiderMan J. Jonah Jameson]], who, as her boss, was something of a StrawMisogynist. 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 ComicBook/CaptainMarVell's Kree uniform, which covered everything.
* SuicideDare: 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 FateWorseThanDeath.
* SuperMode: 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.
* SwarmOfRats: Jessica Drew details an adventure involving every rat in New York in a letter to Carol.
* TakeThat: The first issue of the 70's series had a citizen claim that Ms. Marvel made [[Series/WonderWoman Lynda Carter]] "look like [[ComicStrip/{{Popeye}} Olive]] [[NoodlePeople Oyl]]".
* ThongOfShielding: DependingOnTheArtist
* {{Tsundere}}: Recently, [[BelligerentSexualTension towards Spider-Man.]]
* UnderwearOfPower: 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 [[ComicBook/MsMarvel2014 Kamala]] [[LegacyCharacter Khan]] complains that Carol's Warbird costume gives 'epic wedgies'.
%% * UnexplainedRecovery
* TheUnfavorite: 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.
* WhatTheHellHero: Awesomely called the Avengers out in in ''Avengers Annual #10'', for their dickery from the 200th issue.
* WithAFootOnTheBus: In her #10 issue she had a tragic encounter with another Ms. Marvel from a ExpendableAlternateUniverse. 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.
* WolverinePublicity: 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 Comicbook/AlphaFlight. She was also a regular team member of ''Comicbook/TheUltimates2015'', and the SixthRanger of ''Comicbook/AForce''.
* YouAreFat: A running gag in-series (despite her being anything but).