Major Carol Danvers
first appeared as a member of the United States Air Force in the comic, Marvel
Super-Heroes #13 (March 1968). She debuted as the first incarnation of
"Ms. Marvel" in Ms. Marvel #1 (January 1977) after a fusion
of alien Kree and human genes gives her superhuman powers, which occurred in Captain
Marvel #18 (November 1969).
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 opposing others such as Victor
Creed (later Sabretooth),
and Natalia Shostakova (later the Black Widow).
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 best selling 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 established
herself as one of New York's premiere superheroes working with Spider-Man,
the Defenders, and the Avengers.
Ms. Marvel also plays an important role in Rogue's
storyline. When Rogue was part of The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, she
encountered Ms. Marvel on her first mission. Inexperienced, Rogue clashed with
Ms. Marvel and ended up permanently absorbing her powers. This is the reason
why Rogue has super-strength and the ability to fly.
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