Real Name: Carol Susan Jane Danvers
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Carol Danvers, born in Boston, Massachusetts has two brothers, Steven and Joseph (Joe) Jr. Steven died in the Vietnam War. Years later, while Rogue was in possession of Carol's memories, Carol would visit the Vietnam Memorial, apologizing to him for not being able to visit recently. When Carol was a young girl, she hitchhiked to Cape Canaveral to see a shuttle launch. Her father "beat the tar out of her," but she never stopped wanting to fly. Since her father didn't want her to go to college, Carol instead joined the United States Air Force to fulfill her love of flying. She was a pilot who later becomes an Air Force intelligence operative. She served alongside her mentor/lover Michael Rossi and encountered Wolverine, Nick Fury, and Ben Grimm during this time. She became a close ally and romantic interest to Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell), an alien of the Kree military who gave up his mission of conquering the Earth and instead chose to protect it.
Carol Danvers becomes Ms. Marvel after she is subjected to the "psyche-magnitron", a device of Kree origin. The device alters her DNA to resemble that of the Kree, and in the process, she gains superhuman strength and durability, the ability to fly, the ability to instantly change to her costume and back, and a precognitive "seventh sense" that provides her with a feeling of what is immediately about to happen (for example, where a foe is about to hit her). Her first costume is based directly on Mar-Vell's second costume, a red outfit with blue mask, gloves and boots; her later, more prominently featured costume is a blue ensemble with a stylized starburst across the chest, along with a red sash around her waist.
At first not aware of being Ms. Marvel, Danvers experiences blackouts, during which she transforms into her Ms. Marvel alter-ego. Soon Danvers and Ms. Marvel learn of each other and remeld into one mind. Danvers becomes editor of Woman Magazine under J. Jonah Jameson and considers dating her psychologist, Michael Burnett. As Ms. Marvel, she fights a number of villains, including Mystique, Deathbird, M.O.D.O.K., A.I.M., and the Scorpion.
Ms. Marvel joins the Avengers shortly before her solo series folds, but several months later is sidelined due to a surprise pregnancy. As shown in Avengers #200, her pregnancy progresses at an abnormal speed, and she gives birth to a son within weeks. Her son, Marcus, quickly grows to adulthood and reveals that he is from Limbo, a dimension outside of time and that he has fallen in love with Danvers. The story reveals that Marcus kidnapped Danvers during a previous mission and used mind-control devices to force her to fall in love with him. He seduced and impregnated her, transferred his essence into her womb, becoming his own son. After he makes this revelation to Danvers and the Avengers, she agrees to be his partner, and leaves the team to be with him.
Carol A. Strickland harshly criticized the Marcus storyline in an essay titled "The Rape of Ms. Marvel" that appeared in comics fanzine LOC #1 (1981). Chris Claremont, writer of the Avengers Annual #10 (the next story involving Danvers) noted in 1982 that he had read, and found himself in agreement with, Strickland's analysis.
It is later revealed that Carol's departure with Marcus occurred against her will while she was under his control. After their departure, Marcus' accelerated aging continues until he withers away to a husk. This allows Carol to appropriate his advanced technology so that she can return to Earth.
In Avengers Annual #10 (1981), Ms. Marvel loses her powers when the mutant Rogue ambushes her and steals them. Later it is revealed that Rogue's foster mother Mystique had sent Pyro and Avalanche to fight Danvers, but Danvers defeated them. Mystique murdered Dr. Michael Barnett and then read his personal medical files regarding Ms. Danvers. Mystique's partner, the precognitive mutant Destiny, warned Mystique not to pursue her vendetta against Danvers any further, but Mystique reminded Destiny of an earlier prediction that Ms. Marvel would be involved in a tragedy that would harm Rogue, and said she would not allow that to happen. Rogue overheard Mystique and decided to deal with Ms. Marvel herself.
Rogue attacks Danvers at her home in San Francisco. The fight continues longer than Rogue expects, and she permanently absorbs Danvers' abilities and memories and throws Danvers off the Golden Gate bridge. The intervention of Spider-Woman saves Danvers' life, and while Professor X helps Danvers recover her memories, he can not restore her emotional connection to them; Danvers is unable to feel the emotions she once felt for friends and family.
When re-united with the Avengers, the members of the team express sorrow over Marcus' demise: they fail to comprehend that Carol was under Marcus' power when she left the team as his companion. Carol berates the Avengers for having allowed her to leave with Marcus in the first place.
Carol would continue on without an emotional connection to her memories; her personality and memories would haunt Rogue's psyche for years.
Danvers stays away from the Avengers for quite some time and engages in a series of adventures with the X-Men.
Her adventures with the X-Men culminated in the entire team's forced transportation to outer space by the alien race known as the Brood. The Brood perform painful medical experiments on Danvers which cause her to gain tremendous superpowers, including the ability to survive in space and manipulate cosmic energy, and superhuman strength. The source of these powers are attributed to a "white hole", a limitless source of cosmic power.
Danvers is known as Binary; in her cosmic energy form: her hair becomes a corona of flame and she dons a red-and-white costume with a stylized black starburst on the breast. When the X-Men choose to let the disturbed Rogue attend their school, Danvers cuts all ties to the group and spends several years in space, often battling alongside the Starjammers.
Due to an unforeseen event, there are two Carol Danvers in existence. When Rogue experienced the Siege Perilous, she returned to earth without the powers she had derived from Carol. When the cyborg Reavers attempt to kill her, Carol Danvers intervenes and thwarts them. Carol and Rogue escape through a teleportation gateway; the two land in different locations. Rogue arrives in the Savage Land; while Carol finds herself on Muir Island.
The second Carol finds the island's inhabitants very different from the people she knew of, and sees an imprisoned Lorna Dane begging for help. Carol's attempted rescue is interrupted when she comes under the mental control of the Shadow King. Carol seeks out Rogue as part of a shared life force: for one to survive the other would have to die. Carol, looking like a zombie, finds Rogue and attacks her. Just as the second Carol was about to deliver a killing blow she was shot in the back by Magneto. Utilizing his scientific skills, Magneto merges the two beings and restores Rogue to her former powers.
Eventually, Danvers' link to the white hole is broken, and as a result, she loses her cosmic-level powers as Binary. She retains a level of superhuman strength, flight, resistance to injury, and enhanced senses comparable to those she once possessed before her battle with Rogue, as well as the power to manipulate and absorb energy. She rejoins the Avengers and changes her code name to Warbird, again donning her classic Ms. Marvel costume. She did not use the codename Ms. Marvel, because during her absence from Earth superhero work, Sharon Ventura, a member of the Fantastic Four, had assumed the "Ms Marvel" codename.
Insecurity about her powers no longer being what they once were, combined with a brief restoration of the emotional ties that Rogue had drained, cause Carol to become an alcoholic. When she is unable to function in a coherent capacity, a humiliated Danvers quits the Avengers rather than be expelled. With the help of fellow alcoholic Tony Stark, Danvers curbs her drinking and stabilizes her powers. She rejoins the Avengers for a few missions but leaves again in 2003 to work for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She works as a parole officer for the newest incarnation of the Thunderbolts.
When Quicksilver convinces his sister Scarlet Witch to create a world where mutants are the dominant species on Earth, most normal humans are viewed as second-class citizens with some exceptions. Danvers is one of these but still becomes the "greatest hero" on this Earth, going by the name "Captain Marvel".
When the world reverts, Danvers retains her memories and is motivated by the realization of her potential, and she concentrates on reinvigorating her career. Danvers retakes the name Ms. Marvel and strikes out on her own, turning down an offer to join the reformed Avengers and leaving her Homeland Security job. Danvers hires a public relations firm.
Ms. Marvel joins the faction of superheroes aligned with Iron Man in enforcing the Superhuman Registration Act. She battles fellow Avenger Silverclaw. Danvers then works with Wonder Man and Arachne to train novice superheroes and hunt down anti-Registration heroes. Her first recruit is Araņa. Araņa is later critically injured while attempting to help Carol against Doomsday Man, as he rips off the carapace which becomes part of her body when she is in battle.
Araņa recovers, but her father takes out a restraining order against Carol. Arachne is revealed to be acting against the Superhuman Registration Act, which results in Carol arresting her. Carol believes she has done the right thing but is upset by the trauma the incident causes Arachne's daughter.
Arachne escapes and confronts Carol about the whereabouts of her daughter. Carol tells Julia her daughter was left at the Carpenter family home with her parents. When Julia tells her the house is empty, Carol reluctantly uses her government connections to help Julia track down her daughter, and to take her from Julia's parents, even though they have legal custody. Carol and Tony Stark work out an agreement in which Julia will serve her time in government service by joining the Canadian superteam Omega Flight. Julia agrees, although she says she can neither forget nor forgive what Carol did to her and her daughter.
Shortly following the arrest of Julia Carpenter, Carol returns home to find Rogue in her apartment. Rogue informs Carol there's a problem between them, and that they're going to solve it.
The problem is the discovery of another woman in Carol's apartment, whom Beast deduces to be an alternate-Earth Carol Danvers. The alternate Carol, named Warbird, earlier attacked Rogue.
Warbird, who has never fully recovered from her battle with her Earth's Rogue, is an embittered alcoholic. When the Avengers send out a call for assistance during the Brood's assault, she ignores it and, consequently, her Earth is destroyed. A combination of the shockwave released by the planet's destruction and her own energy absorption powers tosses Warbird across several universes before bringing her to the "real" Earth.
Upon learning of Warbird's behavior, Carol does not hide her rage and disgust, and a fight between the two ensues. During the course of the battle, Rogue intervenes; in a fit of anger Carol attacks her and breaks her ribs. Warbird tells Carol that since her world was destroyed, she has been to dozens of alternate Earths, and not only did she kill every version of Rogue she has found, she has murdered every version of Carol Danvers as well. (Each Carol would intervene on Rogue's behalf.) Infuriated, Carol defeats Warbird, who is taken into custody.
Carol later returns to the Xavier Institute to check on Rogue, and questions whether she has truly forgiven her. After the ordeal, Carol flies into space where she can unleash her rage in a place that "nobody can hear her scream."
+ Mighty Avengers +
Carol accompanies Tony Stark as he investigates an A.I.M. terrorist attack in Indianapolis that killed ninety-six people, and the two argue over the Civil War. Carol punches Tony, knowing his armor will protect him. She is surprised when he later offers her leadership of the Mighty Avengers. Carol's publicist, who had suggested the new team name to Tony in the first place, encourages her to accept the job. Carol is tempted by the chance of leading such a prominent team, but is disturbed by the number of smaller attacks that go unanswered due to bureaucratic red tape. Tony agrees to allow her access to S.H.I.E.L.D. files and personnel (Agents Locke, Baines, and Sum) in order to take out developing threats. Carol announces the Initiative (Operation: Lightning Storm) at a press conference, announcing that in their first mission, they took down the A.I.M. cell responsible for the Indianapolis attack.
Carol assumes leadership of the Mighty Avengers, despite her reluctance to work against some of her old comrades who are members of the New Avengers.
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1963) #164
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#1 Avengers Assemble (2004)
- 'Once an Avenger...'#3
- 'Once an Avenger...Part 3: Fata Morgana'#4
- 'Too Many Avengers!'
Captain Marvel (2012)
#15 Excalibur (1988)
- 'Kiss Today Goodbye'#16
- 'Kiss Today Goodbye Part 2 of 2'
#17 Hunt for Wolverine: Mystery in Madripoor (2018)
- 'From the Crucible--A Captain?'#116
- 'Death In Venice'
Iron Man (1998)
Marvel Fanfare (1982)
Marvel Masterworks: Ms. Marvel (2014)
Mighty Avengers: Most Wanted Files (2007)
Ms. Marvel (2006)
#22 New Mutants Saga (2009)
- 'Monster and Marvel Part 2'
nn Quasar (1989)
- 'The New Mutants Saga'
#33 Secret Avengers (2010)
- 'Operation: Galactic Storm, Part 10: Spatial Deliveries'#34
- 'Operation: Galactic Storm, Part 17: The Scorched Sun'#54
- 'Starblast Pt. 2: Search Party'#55
- 'Starblast Pt. 6: In a Stranger Land'#56
- 'Starblast Pt. 10 - Nuke Me with the New'#57
- 'Three Men and a Cocoon'
Silver Surfer (1987)
#1 The Avengers (1963)
- 'Once In A Blue Moon'#2
- 'Crossing Guard'#3
- 'A Whole New Universe'#4
- 'The End Of The World (As We Know It)'
#348 The New Mutants (1983)
- 'Familial Connections'#350
#19 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
- 'Father's Day!'#51
- 'Teacher's Choice'
#2 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'B-C: From Baron Mordo To The Collective Man'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
#164 Wolverine Encyclopedia (1996)
- 'Binary Star!'#166
- 'Live Free or Die!'#167
- 'The Goldilocks Syndrome!'#171
- 'The Trial of Magneto!'#201
- 'Double Death'#277
- 'Free Charley'
Wolverine Saga (1989)
#3 X-Men Spotlight On...Starjammers (1990)
- 'Book Three: The Man Reborn'
#1 X-Men Unlimited (1993)
- 'Phalkon Quest, Part 1'#2
- 'Phalkon Quest, Part 2'
#13 X-Men/Dr. Doom '98 (1998)
- 'Fugitive from Space!'
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