[[caption-width-right:350:Her first costume, of many.]]

->''"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. But returned to the spotlight with ''"Ms. Marvel''" vol. 2, which lasted for 50 issues (May, 2006-April, 2010). She has since been making regular appearances in team books again.

Carol Danvers was a tough Air Force officer who was involved in various missions, at one point teaming up with [[{{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, [[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 {{S|pacePirate}}tarjammers, 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 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 (the second Ms. Marvel had now become the She-Thing). 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 SecretInvasion. She was once the leader of the ''[[ComicBook/TheAvengers Mighty Avengers]]'' team, then she joined the ''NewAvengers'' after NormanOsborn formed the ''DarkAvengers''. When the ComicBook/DarkReign was over, she became a member of the ''New Avengers'' under LukeCage.

The second Ms. Marvel (whose name is Sharon Ventura) was the girlfriend of 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 NormanOsborn's copycat 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.

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.

But Carol's original mantle would not be forgotten. In addition to the ''Captain Marvel'' book, 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]].

On October 28, 2014, it was announced that a ''Captain Marvel'' movie set within the MarvelCinematicUniverse and featuring Carol Danvers as the title character would be released on July 6, 2018.

* ''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)

* ''Film/CaptainMarvel''

* ''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.

* ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' (one episode)
* ''TheSuperHeroSquadShow'': Appears as a recurring character.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'': First makes an appearance as Carol Danvers in Season 1, then joining the Avengers in Season 2 as Ms. Marvel.

'''Kamala Khan'''

* ''[[ComicBook/MsMarvel2014 Ms. Marvel]]'' (2014)

!!Tropes Associated with Ms. Marvel:
* ActionGirl: She's currently known as 'Earth's Mightiest Hero' for a very good reason.
* 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 the [[Film/TheAvengers movie Avengers]]) so that the cast would have another woman and a non-white hero, respectively.
* AffirmativeActionLegacy:
** In the MarvelMangaverse Carol becomes the second 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. IronMan helped her out and got her into Alcoholic Anonymous.
* AllYourPowersCombined: The current Captain Marvel has both the power of her old self and Binary.
* ArchEnemy: Mystique. It's not just the X-Men that wants her blood.
** 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 the unpowered [[UltimateMarvel Ultimate Carol Danvers]] was [[BrickJoke hit by a car and put in critical condition in the latest 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/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes 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 UltimateMarvel portrayal). In the next season Carol (with powers) and Mar-Vell return, but Carol is given more prominence, especially after joining the Avengers.
* {{Badass}}: No matter what her superhero name, or her universe, Carol Danvers is, without exception, one of the baddest Badasses at Marvel.
** BadassNormal: Even before becoming Ms. Marvel, Carol can hold her own. Taken even further in the UltimateUniverse, 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).
** FourStarBadass: Holds the rank of Colonel in the US Air Force. Which, technically, means she outranks CaptainAmerica. It also means "Captain" Marvel is a ''downgrade''.
* 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.
* 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.
* DistaffCounterpart: Captain Marvel's, naturally. In the probably-not-canon "[[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.
* 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.
* GenderedOutfit: Her classic, more {{Stripperiffic}} costume.
* 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 CaptainMarvel, AKA: 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.
* 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 [[SpiderWoman Julia Carpenter]] from her daughter just because she's a defector of the Pro-Registration side who was a spy for [[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.
* LightEmUp: After the Brood experimented on her, she gained photon-based powers.
* MaleGaze: If Carol is in a book wearing her outfit, chances are the artist will find some way to get a rear shot, regardless of what she may be doing at the time.
* 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 Inititave'' 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.
* 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 quiet 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.
* 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).
* SplitPersonality: Her early problems with 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.
* 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.
* TakeThat: The first issue of the 70's series had a citizen claim that Ms. Marvel made [[Series/WonderWoman Lynda Carter]] "look like [[DamselInDistress Olive Oyl]]".
* ThighHighBoots: Used to wear these as part of her iconic Warbird/Ms. Marvel outfit. Has since ditched them.
* 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'.
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* 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.
* YouAreFat: A running gag in-series (despite her being anything but).