There have been many incarnations of this character, with multiple people taking up the identity of Captain Marvel. But the topic of this article is about the the current holder of the title, Carol Danvers.
I haven’t had many interactions with any of the Captain Marvel characters in my personal reading, unless the character was a member of a team in a title I was already reading. I can tell you that her first appearance was in Marvel Superheroes number 13, published in 1968. She got her powers during an accident that caused her DNA to get spliced with Captain Marvel, turning her into Ms. Marvel.
Unfortunately, from what I can gather she has a bit of a confusing if not all together convoluted history, which is on par with other characters who have been around so long. Fortunately for the movie, though, I think they’ll stick with the basics; having her in the Air Force with no clear memory of who she is. It also appears the movie will feature her standard power set of enhanced strength and speed, along with the ability to fly. She’s also able to absorb energy and project energy blasts. All in all, she’s a real force to be reckoned with in the Marvel Universe.
Even with her immense powers, there was a time wheb she was put in the ground due to Rogue from the X-Men touching her for too long and killing her. Essentially, Rogue absorbed Ms. Marvel’s powers and was able to utilize all of her abilities. After this, Rogue was not only able to copy the power of others simply by touching them, she also permently possessed Ms. Marvel’s abilities on top of that.
Danvers has had other titles besides Ms. Marvel or Captain Marvel, but none of them are really worth mentioning. Before she finally took the mantle of Captain Marvel, there were some very questionable wardrobe decisions, too. I mean, her main costume as Ms. Marvel was basically a one piece swimsuit with a sash wrapped around her waist with super high go-go boots. How are you supposed to fight crime in an outfit like that? Since 2012 though, she has had a more respectable costume.
One of the better things to happen with Danvers taking on the Captain Marvel mantle is we got a new Ms. Marvel. Kamala Khan is a young Pakistani woman—who is a member of the Inhumans— and has the ability to lengthen her arms and legs and change her shape. We need a whole other article just to go over her, but it’s nice to know that there’s a character who young people with different backgrounds can look up to.
As I said before, I’m not really sure how much of this back story and lore of Captain Marvel they’ll be using in the movie, but I trust Marvel Studios.
They have definetely done a decent job with most of the movie versions of the comic characters. I do ask you though, if after watching the movie you find that you enjoy the character, go and check out some of her comics. If you like the movie, there’s a pretty good chance you’re going to like the source material.