Let it be known: Carol Danvers–aka the quintessential Captain Marvel–is one of my faves.
As it pertains to a long list of heroes and sheroes that include Daredevil, Black Panther, Spider-Man, Storm and Jean Grey, Captain Marvel is the only one who hasn’t had the big screen treatment yet. While Black Panther will be making an appearance in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War movie, news surrounding the legendary Warbird’s involvement in upcoming Marvel’s slate of upcoming films—besides her own that will be debuting sometime in 2018/2019—has been rather minuscule.
I am fairly annoyed by this due to the clearly unbalanced male-to-female ratio in these movies. That being said, instead of resorting to my usual tactics of ranting, throwing shade, and or foaming at the mouth, I recently decided to flex my creative muscles and come up with an example of what a hypothetical Carol Danvers origin story might look like (although, the ranting might still come later). I initially dismissed the idea, thinking it to be silly, but after being inspired by this origin story contest that Moviepilot is running, I thought: “Why not?”
Anyways, here’s what I based the story on:
“Carol Danvers grew up as the oldest child of three in a traditional Boston home, with a contractor father who believed in the merits of hard work. When he built their Cape Cod summer home, Carol insisted on working as hard as her two younger brothers, trying to make equal in her father’s eyes. A voracious reader, she dreamed of becoming an astronaut and traveling to distant planets; as a teen she even hitchhiked to Cape Canaveral to view a launch there.
Her father, however, could not accept women as men’s equals, and when financial troubles meant he could only send one child to college, he chose middle child Steve despite Carol’s superior grades. Carol graduated from high school first in her class and took a sales job. She turned 18 just a few months later, and the following day she turned her back on her father and joined the Air Force, intending to be a pilot and to get a college degree via the military. Her brother Steve’s death in military action would eventually draw Carol back to her family, but she still never felt truly accepted by her father.
She quickly rose to the top of her Air Force class and was recruited into military intelligence (Special Operations) and trained as a spy. She accomplished many different missions and worked with other figures such as Logan (later Wolverine) and Benjamin Grimm (later the Thing), while oppressing others such as Victor Creed (later Sabretooth), and Natalia Shostakova (later the Black Widow).
NASA eventually requested her for an open position as head of security which she accepted, resigning from the Air Force bumping her to full Colonel at retirement. Becoming the youngest security captain in NASA’s history, she became embroiled in the schemes of the interstellar alien Kree Empire. It was during this time that she met and eventually befriended the Kree soldier Mar-Vell whose enemies would soon be responsible for her future transformation. The next few months were disastrous as she was kidnapped by the alien robotic intelligence Cyberex and then hospitalized by a controlled Iron Man who attacked the Cape. The alien Yon-Rogg then kidnapped her while she was still concussed and eventually battled Mar-Vell. During this battle, Carol was knocked into a damaged Kree Psyche-Magnitron, a powerful device which could turn imagination into reality. Carol’s genetic structure was altered effectively making her a half-Kree superhuman. She was unaware of this change for months.
Her successful career at NASA was severely damaged because of these recent events. Due to her continued inability to control superhuman incursions, she was removed and reassigned to a minor NASA facility near Chicago. Even this did not last as Carol was demoted to a mere security guard and returned to Cape Canaveral after the superhuman Nitro had raided the base. Due to her plummeting career, she resigned from NASA.
Now living off an accumulated salary, Carol wrote an angry tell-all expose on NASA, burning many bridges. The bestselling book briefly made Carol a celebrity and she began working as an editor for Woman Magazine, a publication owned by the Daily Bugle. However, she developed a dual personality due to the Psyche-Magnitron’s alterations. She would black out and become a Kree warrior, instantaneously donning a costume in which the Psyche-Magnitron had created for her to ease her body’s changes.
She continued to experience these blackouts, but they did not stop her from pursuing her career as a writer and editor. She took the name Ms. Marvel after Mar-Vell. Her fragmented mind eventually recovered with the help and treatments of the extradimensional Hecate and the Kree Ronan the Accuser. She would go on established herself as one of New York’s premiere superheroes working with Spider-Man, the Defenders, and the Avengers” (Marvel Database).
Obviously, I didn’t have the time to fit ALL of these world-building/connective elements into my rendition, but here’s to hoping y’all enjoy it anyway.
So, without further, I present to you About that NASA Mission: A Carol Danvers Origin Story:
What are your thoughts? Love it? Hate it? Appreciate it? Let me know in the comments below!
Source: Marvel Database, Sublime Zoo
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