In celebrating Women’s History Month, I will be doing a daily post on some of the women in comics. Today, I am going to talk about my favorite heroine, Ms. Marvel. Ms. Marvel was created by Roy Thomas and Gene Colan. She made her debut as Carol Danvers in Marvel Super-Heroes #13 (March 1968). She made her debut as Ms. Marvel in Ms. Marvel #1 (January 1977).
Ms. Marvel is one of the many names Carol Danvers has used since her DNA combined with Kree (alien) DNA. This was done due to severe injuries Danvers suffered when the Kree Captain Marvel was attacked. The explosion during the attacks is what caused Captain Marvel’s and Danvers’ DNA to combine. This gave Danvers the ability to fly, absorb energy, and gave her super strength.
Ms. Marvel has been a member of the Avengers and the Defenders. She has also fought alongside the X-Men. Rogue, before she joined the X-Men, absorbed Ms. Marvel’s powers and memories, causing Ms. Marvel to go into a coma, and to lose her memories. Eventually, Ms. Marvel regained her memories and her powers. After the “House of M” storyline, Ms. Marvel committed herself to became the greatest of the super heroes. Marvel really gave her a push at this time, and her self titled book is one of the titles that got me into reading comics again. Ms. Marvel has changed her name to Captain Marvel, to pay homage to the original Captain Marvel.
Danvers has appeared in many different cartoons, including Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Super Hero Squad, and The X-Men. The rumor mill has it that Carol Danvers will be in Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. I really hope she is. There just aren’t enough female super heroes portrayed on tv or in film.
Carol Danvers is one of my favorite Marvel characters. Her books are always one of the best books out there. You can learn more about this amazing character here.