Who is Captain Marvel and Why Does She Matter?

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At the end of the latest Avengers film we saw Nick Fury send a signal before being “erased” from existence. That signal was being sent to none other than Captain Marvel, one of the strongest heroes in all of Marvel. If you don’t know much about her, don’t feel bad, most people don’t. As powerful as she is, Captain Marvel isn’t a household name like Spider-Man, Superman, Captain America or Wonder Woman. If you are one of the many who doesn’t know much about her and wants to know where she fits in you are in the right place.

Captain Marvel AKA Carol Susan Jane Danvers first debuted in 1968 as Ms. Marvel. Her origin from this time was that of a United States Air Force Security Chief. Danvers meets a Kree hero known as Captain Marvel, is later caught in an explosion of a Kree device ends up gaining superhuman powers after she recovers, and assume’s the alter ego of Ms. Marvel. Her abilities include super strength, speed, agility, stamina, invulnerability, flight, danger sense, regeneration, energy absorption, energy projection and more.

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Yeah, that list of powers is real! She’s essentially Supergirl but with more abilities and no weakness to Kryptonite. Looking at this list it’s safe to assume she is going to be the strongest hero in all of the MCU surpassing even the mighty Thor. It’s no wonder Fury reached out to her and I, for one, am extremely excited to see what she will do against Thanos.

Interestingly, many fans have encountered Ms. Marvel’s powers through another character. In the 1980 comic Avengers #200, Danvers has a run in with Rogue from the X-Men which leaves her completely drained of her memories and abilities which all transfer to Rogue. Most fans are familiar with Rogue, myself most notably from the 90’s cartoon series, and her powers.

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While the character started as Ms. Marvel, in 2012 she took the mantle of Captain Marvel and has stayed that way since. In the time since her inception she was also a hero known as Binary and another known as Warbird. Regardless of alter ego Carol Danvers is one of the more progressive characters in comics. Created in the late 1960’s she was a strong female character who held high rank in the military and fought for equal rights and pay for women. It’s no wonder that she is now coming in 2019 as the first solo female hero film for the MCU. Her powers are immense, back story inspiring as a strong woman, and she’s just in time to kick Thanos’ trash.

Looking at her lengthy list of powers, Danvers is capable of standing toe to toe with Thanos in strength alone. Add her ability to absorb energy and I could see her absorbing Thanos’s attempts to use the power stone. Using Danger Sense, she would know an attack is coming before it does and be able to use her super speed to take down the Mad Titan. The possibilities are endless. As a huge Superman fan, I am stoked to see a character like that in the MCU.

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Before we get to see a battle between the Mad Titan and Captain Marvel, we get to see her in action in her own film set in the 90’s. Releasing March 6, 2019, Captain Marvel will show us her origins along with the original Mar-Vell, Nick Fury and fan favorite Agent Coulson who is making his return to MCU film since the original Avengers.

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We at Couch Crunchers are extremely excited to see what this great character has to offer. With her extreme power, the MCU gains another great character and brings something next level to their film universe. Let us know what you think Captain Marvel brings to the table in the comments below and don’t forget to like us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and check out the podcast!

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