Variety reported recently that Oscar winner Brie Larson is the current frontrunner to play the title character in Marvel's first female solo film, Captain Marvel.
Those unfamiliar with the comics might be asking: Who the eff is Captain Marvel? So here's your guide to one of Marvel's most beloved heroes.
1. The Captain Marvel we'll be getting onscreen is Carol Danvers, but she's not the only one who's held that title...
As is typical with comics, the mantle's been passed around a bit. Other Captain Marvels include: Monica Rambeau, Mar-Vell, Noh-Varr, Khn'nr, Phyla-Vell, and Genis-Vell.
Alien military officer Mar-Vell was the first, in 1967, created by Stan Lee (always) and Gene Colan. He was Kree – an alien race in the Marvel Universe – and plays a part in Carol eventually taking the title.
2. The character of Carol Danvers was created in 1968 by Roy Thomas and artist Gene Colan. She used the title Ms. Marvel from 1977 to 2012, when she took the title of Captain.
3. But her most iconic run by far was written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, starting in 2012.
4. Carol was friends with former Captain Marvel Mar-Vell, and he ~bequeathed~ her his role while he was dying. In the DeConnick version of the comics it's Steve Rogers' Captain America who convinces her to accept it.
5. Carol joined the Air Force as a teen and eventually left to become head of security for NASA. In other words: She's always been a badass of the sky, and she always will be.
6. Her powers include flight, superhuman strength, superhuman speed, endurance, stamina, and more. She can also absorb and project energy.
7. The fandom around Carol Danvers call themselves the Carol Corps, and they're powerful AF.
8. There's a chance she'll be our first Avenger with a mohawk.
9. She's spent time with the Guardians of the Galaxy and she's led the Avengers.
10. Carol has a cat named Chewie and he's amazing.
Bonus Fun Fact: The character of Trish Walker in Jessica Jones was originally written as Carol Danvers. JJ showrunner Melissa Rosenberg had to change her to Walker/Hellcat when Marvel announced it was giving Carol her own movie.
Rosenberg discussed this bit of the character's origin story at a Peabody panel in New York in May of 2016.
At the end of the day all you need to know is this: Regardless of who plays her, Carol's gonna ROCK.
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