If your answer is “because Captain Marvel is the most powerful character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)”, you’re absolutely right. Marvel Studio’s head honcho Kevin Feige himself said that in a recent interview (below) and we’ve even got an entire film, Captain Marvel, covering her origin story and linking her to the most anticipated MCU movie ever, Avengers: Endgame.

Eh… most powerful character in the universe? Even more powerful than the purple dude who wiped out half the universe with a snap of his fingers (hint: his name starts with Tha and ends with nos)? Even more powerful than the big buff Norse God of Lightning who slammed a mystical axe into the purple dude and almost killed him? That’s a tall order, but Kevin Feige certainly seems confident that Captain Marvel fits the bill, so we’re excited to see her in action.

Except… who’s Captain Marvel? When we first saw Iron Man (the first MCU movie) in 2008, not many people knew about Captain Marvel – but many people knew about Ms Marvel. You’d think that a character with the word “Marvel” in her name would be one of the most famous characters in Marvel Comics, but… her history is a little storied. Here’s what you need to know about Captain Marvel before you watch Captain Marvel.

 

Captain Marvel in the comics

Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) in Captain Marvel. Credit: Walt Disney Studios

Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) in Captain Marvel. Credit: Walt Disney Studios

Before we go any further, let’s start with Captain Marvel’s secret identity (which isn’t all that secret). In the comics, there have been many, many people who took on the codename Captain Marvel, such as some characters with cringeworthy pun names like Noh-Varr and Mar-Vell, a couple of aliens, and of course, Carol Danvers.

But for a long time, Captain Marvel was a red-and-blue spandex-wearing dude who could absorb solar energy, fly, had super strength, and could shoot fire. Wait a minute – that set of powers sounds awfully familiar. And the costume seems like an inversion of a popular superhero’s costume design.

The old Captain Marvel. Credit: Wikipedia

The old Captain Marvel. Credit: Wikipedia

This Captain Marvel (let’s call him the “old Captain Marvel”) was the aforementioned Mar-Vell. As corny as he sounded, he was a pretty respected character in the Marvel Comics universe, and when he passed away from cancer, it was an emotional and landmark story for many readers.

 

Carol Danvers

Ms Marvel. Credit: Pinterest

Ms Marvel. Credit: Pinterest

So where was Carol Danvers during all this? She was a superheroine who went by the codename Ms Marvel. Her costume was rather distinctive, as you can see above. She could fly and had super strength – pretty much the generic power set of heroes at the time.

If she looks familiar… that’s because most readers who grew up in the 90’s remember her from the X-Men cartoon. You read that right – before the 2000s, Carol Danvers’ most memorable screen appearance was not in something Avengers-related, but something X-Men related.

Fans of the 1990’s X-Men: The Animated Series will remember that Rogue could drain the powers of other people – but she got her strength and flight powers by draining Ms Marvel, leaving the poor superheroine in a coma. This also happened in the comics, and it also meant that Rogue had to deal with Ms Marvel’s consciousness constantly attempting to usurp control of Rogue’s body.

But she got better, and so did Rogue, and everything was peachy after a while.

 

Binary

Binary. Credit: Writeups.org

Binary. Credit: Writeups.org

Later, Carol Danvers got an upgrade to her powers during a comics crossover story called Operation Galactic Storm. Basically, two different alien empires went to war, and Earth was (predictably) caught in between. Carol Danvers gained some energy projection powers during the story, and changed her name to Binary.

 

Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) and Spider-Man. Credit: Bounding into comics

Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) and Spider-Man. Credit: Bounding into comics

Later, Carol Danvers dropped the codename Binary (and the horribly dated costume) and took on the codename Captain Marvel in the 2010s. By this time, the old Captain Marvel had already passed away (actually, he came back to life later, but that’s a whole other story), so the codename was ripe for the taking.

She also took on the name Captain Marvel because a different character had taken on the name of Ms Marvel.

Just so you’re keeping things straight, we’re talking about Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) now. Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell) has passed on, and nobody is called Ms Marvel (yet).

 

Ms Marvel

Ms Marvel (Kamala Khan). Credit: Marvel Database

Ms Marvel (Kamala Khan). Credit: Marvel Database

You may have heard the name “Ms Marvel” being bandied about in articles. This can refer to Carol Danvers’ old codename, or it can also refer to the current Ms Marvel – a Muslim superhero who’s secret identity is Kamala Khan. She was a great step forward for more diverse representation in comics, mainly because she was one of the first Muslim superheroes to star in her own comic (which means there’s an ongoing comic series called Ms Marvel that focuses on her adventures).

Unlike most female superheroes who have perfectly shaped torsos, enormous busts and impossibly thin waists, Ms Marvel sported a costume that, gasp, was not figure-hugging. It meant that Ms Marvel was a superheroine that was not heavily sexualised and not a role model that cultivated unhealthy self-images in impressionable young female readers.

The best part about this paragon of diversity? She was created by Sana Amanat – a female Muslim comics creator in an industry dominated by white males.

So now that you know who Captain Marvel is (Carol Danvers), who Captain Marvel was (Mar-Vell), and who Ms Marvel is (Kamala Khan) – you’re all primed to catch Captain Marvel on the big screen!

Captain Marvel. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Captain Marvel. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

The most powerful superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe makes her debut in Captain Marvel, and we’ll finally see why everyone says that! The film features the origin story of Captain Marvel, but it also links to Avengers: Endgame (check out the post credits scene to see what we mean). Out of the three characters mentioned above – Carol Danvers, Mar-Vell, and Kamala Khan – only two appear in Captain Marvel – but we’re not telling who! That’s something you’ve got to find out for yourself.

Captain Marvel Gold Class Set. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Captain Marvel Gold Class Set. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

In fact, you can opt to watch the two-hour movie in Gold Class luxury – which is what the Captain Marvel Gold Class Dining Set offers! You get to see Captain Marvel in the most luxurious seats money can buy, and you get a beef bratwurst Coney Dog; your choice of sweet, salted, or mixed popcorn; as well as a full-bodied Paulaner Brauhaus beer.

Goose the cat in Captain Marvel. Credit: Walt Disney Studios

Goose the cat in Captain Marvel. Credit: Walt Disney Studios

Also, look out for Goose the cat in Captain Marvel. She’s very special.

Besides, how can you resist such an adorable little kitty?

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