Why Captain Marvel A.K.A. Ms. Marvel is important to the MCU
Captain Marvel has finally begun shooting. From being announced in 2014 and casting the movie’s titular role in 2016 the project has got the internet buzzing again with leaked set photos and rumours of an appearance in the Marvel studios extravagant super hero fan fair, Avengers: Infinity Wars.
So who is Captain Marvel? Why is she so important to the MCU? Here are 4 things about Captain Marvel that would be a pop culture refresher for comic fans and also something that the MCU fans would love to get aquatinted with.
Carol Danvers – Servicewomen in the U.S. Air Force
Carol Danvers, who would later become Ms Marvel and go on to join the Avengers, was introduced in the 1960 as an officer of the U.S. Air Force. As security chief of a restricted military base she assists Dr. Walter Lawson, the human alias of Kree hero and the then Captain Marvel.
A Human and Kree (An Alien race) Hybrid
A subsequent story arc features Danvers and the Kree hero getting caught in an explosion caused by a Kree device. The Kree hero saves Danvera’s life but she sustains serious injuries. Later it is revealed that the explosion has altered her genetic structure to meld with that of the Kree due to her proximity with the Kree hero. Transforming Danvers into a Human-Kree hybrid and also granting her an array of superhuman abilities.
Carol Danvers possesses an arsenal of powers that include superhuman strength, flight, endurance, stamina, physical durability, a limited precognitive “seventh sensea”. Her perfectly amalgamated Human-Kree hybrid physiology makes her resistant to most toxins and poisons.
Briefly, she was able to tap into a “white hole” that allowed her to fully control and manipulate heat, the electromagnetic spectrum and gravity. She was also able to travel at light speed and survive in the vacuum of space.
Even after losing this connection Danvers retains her sixth sense, and can discharge explosive blasts of radiant energy.
An independent woman
The creators wanted the character to inspire women to be independent and confident. Though serving as a supporting character at inception, the creators soon created the persona of Ms. Marvel. ‘Ms’ was coming into vogue at that time as an alternate to ‘Mrs.’ or ‘Miss’ which denoted whether a woman was married or unmarried. The ‘Ms.’ in her name set her apart as an independent women and feminist superhero.
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Brie Larson who plays Captain Marvel, a deliberate deviation from Ms. Marvel as the conversation around female empowerment gains momentum, will be headlining the first female-led MCU film.