Carol Danvers, also known as Ms. Marvel, is a Marvel Comics superheroine. Created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gene Colan, she first appears in Marvel Super-Heroes #13 (March 1968).
Danvers is a retired U.S. Air Force Intelligence agent turned NASA Security Chief, and a romantic interest to the extraterrestrial hero Captain Marvel. After exposure to technology from Marvel's Kree home world, Danvers gains superhuman strength and the ability to fly, among other abilities, and becomes Ms. Marvel.
An eponymous series in the late 1970s features Ms. Marvel, casting her as a distinctly feminist hero. After the series' short life span, the character associates with the Avengers and X-Men, although a series of personal tragedies have complicated her career. Throughout the years, she also uses the codenames Binary and Warbird.
Carol Danvers has had two on-going series named Ms Marvel. She has also featured prominently in the Spotlight on... the Starjammers as Binary and in both the X-Men and Avengers titles.
Ms. Marvel's solo series was cancelled with #23. Marvel Super-Heroes #10-11 (1990) reprint the stories originally intended for Ms. Marvel #24-25, though much of #11 is new material. In the story for Ms. Marvel #24, Ms. Marvel battles Sabretooth in a NYC subway; and the story for Ms. Marvel #25 features a run-in with Pyro and Avalanche of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
The new Ms. Marvel comic book series debuted in March 2006, and one of her first battles was a rematch with the Brood and a new enemy: the alien hunter known as Cru.
Also new to the Ms. Marvel rogues gallery is Warren Traveler, the sorcerer supreme of the House of M.
Carol Danvers, born in Boston, Massachusetts has two brothers, Steven and Joseph (Joe) Jr. Steven died in the Vietnam War. Years later, while Carol's memories were inside Rogue, she would visit his name on the Vietnam Memorial, apologizing to him for not being able to visit him 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 joins the United States Air Force to fulfill her love of flying. She's a pilot who later becomes an Air Force intelligence operative. She serves alongside her mentor/lover Michael Rossi and encounters Wolverine, Nick Fury, and Ben Grimm during this time. She becomes 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.
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's first solo series was cancelled with issue #23. Marvel Super-Heroes #10-11 (1990) reprint the stories originally intended for Ms. Marvel #24-25. In the story for Ms. Marvel #24, Ms. Marvel battles Sabretooth in a New York City subway. The story for Ms. Marvel #25 features Pyro and Avalanche of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
Ms. Marvel joins the Avengers shortly before her solo series folded, 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 Strickland harshly criticized the Marcus storyline in an essay titled "The Rape of Ms. Marvel" in comics fanzine LOC #1 (1981).
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.
Loss of Powers to Rogue
In Avengers Annual #10, 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.
Binary and the X-Men
Danvers stays away from the Avengers for quite some time and has a series of adventures with the X-Men that culminate in the entire team's being kidnapped 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, the ability to manipulate cosmic energy, and superhuman strength; the source of these Powers are attributed to a "white hole" - a virtually limitless source of cosmic power. Danvers becomes known as Binary; in her Binary 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 severely disturbed Rogue join their school, Danvers cuts all ties to the group and spends several years in space, often battling alongside the Starjammers.
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, another Ms. Marvel emerged: Sharon Ventura, a member of the Fantastic Four).
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.
Ms. Marvel reborn
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.
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