Bill and his elephants were taken by surprise
So Captain Marvel zapped him right between the eyes."
"Captain Marvel" is a name that can refer to multiple characters and/or pieces of media:
- Billy Batson: The original Captain Marvel, created by Fawcett Comics in The Golden Age of Comic Books as a Superman knockoff. Billy shouts the magic word "SHAZAM!" to call down magic lightning which transforms him into the World's Mightiest Mortal. Ironically, currently owned by Superman's creators DC Comics, though they had to title his books Shazam! due to rights conflicts with the other Captain Marvels listed below (becoming the Trope Namer for I Am Not Shazam) and eventually changed his name to "Shazam" completely.
- Freddy Freeman, who eventually inherited this title from Billy, and was previously (and is normally) Captain Marvel Jr. or CM3 (or Lieutenant Marvel). He's covered on the Shazam character page.
- The Marvel/Shazam Family, which were all inspired by the success of Captain Marvel, includes: Mary Marvel, Captain Marvel, Jr (later known as CM3 and then Captain Marvel), Uncle Marvel or Uncle Dudley, Hoppy the Marvel Bunny, Freckles Marvel, and the Lieutenant Marvels (Tall Marvel, Fat Marvel, and Hill marvel).
- Marvelman, a superhero pastiche of Captain Marvel created by Mick Anglo in the U.K. when the original Captain Marvel comics were cancelled.
- Miracleman, an update of Mick Anglo's character done in the 1980s by Alan Moore and Alan Davis. It had originally been called "Marvelman," but had to change its name to "Miracleman" to avoid a lawsuit from Marvel Comics.
- Mar-Vell, created by Marvel Comics in 1967. Marvel was able to publish his adventures under the title "Captain Marvel" because the trademark on the "Shazam" version had lapsed, as all comic books featuring him had been cancelled in the fifties. Mar-Vell is a Human Alien who went native and defended Earth, until he was Killed Off for Real in the Eighties.
- Monica Rambeau, the next one from Marvel Comics. After gaining energy powers in a freak accident, she took up Mar-Vell's now-vacant title. She gave up the name once actual successors to Mar-Vell appeared, and has since gone by Photon, Pulsar, and Spectrum; though she's currently best known by her birth name.
- Genis-Vell, Mar-Vell's son, who was Captain Marvel for about ten years from the mid-Nineties to the mid-Noughties.
- Phyla-Vell, Mar-Vell's daughter, who was also Captain Marvel for a very brief time.
- Khn'nr, a Skrull who took the form of and believed himself to be Mar-Vell right before and during Secret Invasion.
- Noh-Varr, a Kree super soldier from an alternate universe who went by Marvel Boy and the Protector before having the Captain Marvel code-name passed down by Khn'nr. He later discarded the name and went by his real name.
- Carol Danvers, the current holder of the name. Originally a supporting character of Mar-Vell's, Carol Danvers eventually gained superpowers herself and became his Distaff Counterpart. After spending decades under different names (Ms. Marvel, Binary, Warbird), she became the latest Captain Marvel in 2012.
- When the Marvel and DC universes merged together to create the Amalgam Universe, Captain Marvel became the combination between DC's Captain Marvel and Marvel's Captain Mar-Vell: a young boy named Billy Mar-Vell who, when he shouts "Kree!", turns into the "super-scientifically enhanced" adult hero named Captain Marvel. He wears a lightning bolt like Shazam, but his outfit is green and white, like Mar-Vell's first outfit.
- M.F. Enterprises' Captain Marvel was a jet-powered, laser-eyed android that could de-attached his limbs with the shout of "Split!" and re-attached them with the shout of "Xam!" He only appeared in four issues of Captain Marvel (from April to November 1966) and two issues Captain Marvel Presents the Terrible Five (from September 1966 to September 1967).
- The book was remembered for how much it seemed to rip-off other characters. The red-garbed android (similar to the Human Torch) was best friends with a boy named Billy Baxton. He also fought an enemy named Plasticman (who was later renamed Elasticman), the mad scientist Dr. Fate, the evil mastermind the Bat (who was also later renamed the Ray), and Professor Doom.
Film, Television, Animation, and Music
- The Adventures of Captain Marvel, a 1940s film serial starring Fawcett's Captain Marvel.
- Captain Marvel, a Marvel Cinematic Universe film which stars Marvel's Carol Danvers and has Mar-Vell and Monica Rambeau in supporting roles.
- Shazam!, a 2019 film set in the DC Extended Universe starring The New 52/DC Rebirth version of Shazam.
- The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam!, a 1981 Filmation cartoon that contained two segment: Hero High, about a high school for superheroes, and Shazam!, which was about DC's Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family and the fight against their enemies.
- Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam, a DC original animated short film starring Shazam and Superman.
- "Captain Marvel," a Jazz composition recorded by Chick Corea in 1972. In 1974, it became the name of a Jazz album by Stan Getz, which included said composition.
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