In 2019, one of the most important characters in Marvel Comics will finally be making her way to the big screen. After years of fan demand, Carol Danvers will finally be brought to life by Brie Larson in Captain Marvel: a 1990s-set adventure that will establish the origin story of the titular heroine. What the movie won’t fully cover, however, is her decades-long legacy on the page… which is what we’re here to discuss today.
Going back to Carol Danvers’ origins in Marvel Comics in the late 1960s, we’ve broken down all of the key points that you need to know about her before her solo film arrives next year. Who is she? What can she do? How will she measure up to established Marvel Cinematic Universe heroes? Read on to find out!
She Began Her Career In The Air Force
Created by Roy Thomas and Gene Colan, Carol Danvers’ introduction in Marvel Comics was a part of a Captain Marvel adventure, though this was long before she took on the moniker. Instead, this was the superhero identity of Mar-Vell, a member of the alien species the Kree who was originally sent to Earth to spy on humanity. He was introduced in Marvel Super-Heroes #12, and Carol appeared in his second issue, Marvel Super-Heroes #13.
In an attempt to blend in with humanity, Mar-Vell took on the identity of a deceased scientist named Walter Lawson, who worked at the Air Force station at Cape Canaveral. He meets Carol Danvers because she is stationed as the Security Chief there, guarding a top secret project that just so happens to be a destructive Kree automaton called the Sentry. Continuing as a representative for the Air Force, she appeared again when Captain Marvel got his own comic, which led to a major change in her life.