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What You Need To Know About Marvel's Next Leading Lady

One of Marvel's most beloved heroes is coming our way, so here's what you need to know about Carol Danvers.

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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.

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It's far from confirmed she's who we'll see on the big screen, of course, but either way: Another Cap is coming.

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.


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.

6. Her powers include flight, superhuman strength, superhuman speed, endurance, stamina, and more. She can also absorb and project energy.

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Power origin story time: She was knocked into an alien device that had the power to turn ~imagination into reality~. The accident merged her genetic structure with that of a Kree alien, and her powers come from that.


9. She's spent time with the Guardians of the Galaxy and she's led the Avengers.

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So they can put her wherever they want in the MCU, basically. She's also had copious dealings with the X-Men, but that's unlikely to come up in the movies because copyright law.


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.

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