Identifying Marvel | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, March 09, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, March 09, 2019

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Identifying Marvel

Captain Marvel is one of Marvel Comics' ambitious characters, and has a vast fanbase. But like every other iconic figures, even Captain Marvel identity has hidden corners to be explored. So, it's no surprise that Carol Danvers is far from the first person to bear the cloak of Captain Marvel. The first was an alien named Mar-Vell, a member of the Kree species. He was initially sent to Earth to observe it as a spy, disguising himself as a human scientist, named Walter Lawson. He eventually took up the identity of a superhero to protect the very people he'd been sent to observe. But Mar-Vell died in 1982, succumbing to cancer as a part of Marvel's first graphic novel. After his death, the name was passed on to Monica Rambeau, a New Orleans native, who developed a variety of powers after being exposed to extra-dimensional energy. Despite having little to do with the original Captain Marvel, she spent some time using the name as a member of the Avengers, even serving as the team's leader at one point. After Monica, the name made its way back to two of Mar-Vell's descendents; a man named Genis-Vell, and then, a woman named Phyla-Vell. All the while, Carol Danvers was working in the wings as Ms. Marvel, with an origin story that tied her directly to Mar-Vell and his power set. It wasn't until 2012 that she advanced to take the name of Captain Marvel for herself, putting her in rich company of a legacy of heroes.

By Joana Nomrata Mazumder

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