The Origins & Powers Of Captain Marvel Explained

Warning: This post contains spoilers.

For what felt like a really long wait, Avengers Infinity War finally hit the big screen a month ago that gave all viewers a heart stomping seating. Many, if not all, were left with one question in mind. What’s next? Whats next for the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

For starters, the post credit scene gave everyone hope when Captain Marvels insignia appeared on a small device held by the “slowly disappearing” Nick Fury.

Now another question remains for those who have not followed closely with the comics. Who is Captain Marvel and what’s her story? Lets jump right in.

Carol Danvers

Carol Danvers wasn’t always Captain Marvel. First appearing in the 1968 Marvel Superheroes comic, she was a former officer in the US Air-force, a former CIA agent, and was the security director of NASA headquarters.

As if she wasn’t bad-ass enough, she was also a highly skilled pilot, probably the best pilot in the whole Marvel Universe.


Introducing another character that played a huge roll in the origins of Carol Danvers Captain Marvel.

Dr philip lawson, who was actually Mar-Vell, a superhero of an alien race called the ‘Kree’ who went on to become Captain Marvel.

Mar-Vell was an extremely strong character with most of his powers coming from his bio-electric energy suit, which gave him the ability to create energy shields and project energy blasts.

He even had increased strength, healing, speed, flight, invisibility and phasing. Beyond that, his battle suit also allowed him to shape-shift and expand himself far beyond his own capabilities.

Mar-Vell was definitely a force to be reckoned with.

The Origins

Both Danvers and Lawson were co-workers in NASA when a dormant Kree robot that NASA had been experimenting on suddenly activated and went on full rampage.

Dr lawson saved Danvers by using his powers to destroy the Kree robot and revealed his true identity as Mar-Vell in the process. Word of the incident got around and soon after Mar-Vell became known as Captain Marvel. After the whole commotion settled down, Danvers became attracted to Mar-Vell and the two became an item.

To cut the story short, a villain by the name of Yon-Rogg captured Danvers as bait to lure Mar-Vell in. Yon-Rogg used a forbidden Kree weapon which went on to cause a huge explosion prompting Mar-Vell to use his own body to shield Danvers from the blast.

Miss Marvel

The explosion resulted in Denvers absorbing much of Mar-Vells genetic template causing her DNA to merge perfectly with that of the alien Kree. Thereafter Carol Danvers became the first Human/Kree hybrid.

After she recovered from the explosion, Denvers discovered that she had gained superhuman abilities very similar to those of Mar-Vell.

Her powers include:

  • Superhuman strength, speed and durability.
  • Flight capabilities.
  • Energy absorption, projection and manipulation.

The costume she wore resembled very closely to Mar-Vell and had the very same insignia displayed on the chest. She became known as Miss Marvel and established herself as an extremely powerful superhero.

It wasn’t until 2012 where Marvel released a comic “Avenging Spider-Man 9” that saw the death of the Kree hero Mar-Vell and the new title handed over to Danvers who became Captain Marvel.

Captain Marvel

Much is still unknown what the Marvel Cinematic Universe has planned for her, but one thing’s for sure is that she will play a huge role in the next Avengers.

Captain Marvel is set to hit the big screen on the 6th of March 2019, and will see Brie Larson take on the role of Carol Danvers while Jude Law will be playing Mar-Vell.

Stay tuned for more updates and trailer releases.



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