Captain Marvel: Does Her Timeline Pose a Danger to the World?

Carol Danvers has officially returned to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in The Marvels, adding more adventures to her history within the franchise.

Brie Larson is returning as Captain Marvel in The Marvels, which finally hits theaters on November 10th. The latest entry in Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Marvels involves Carol Danvers joining a superhero trio that includes Monica Rambeau, a.k.a. Photon (Teyonah Parris), and Kamala Khan, a.k.a. Ms. Marvel (Iman Vellani).

Despite being one of the MCU’s newer characters, Captain Marvel already has a rich and storied history in the franchise. There are several points in Carol’s history that fans will want to be familiar with before enjoying her return in The Marvels.

9. Carol Danvers Disappears During A Flight Test

In her early twenties, Carol Danvers served as a test pilot in the United States Air Force. While the military didn’t permit her to fly the same missions that her male colleagues did, Danvers worked hard to prove herself, eventually earning the attention of Dr. Wendy Lawson. Unfortunately, this relationship would lead to a major mishap that resulted in Carol being abducted by aliens.

While performing a test flight involving Tesseract technology, Carol and Dr. Lawson, who was secretly a deserter from the Kree Empire, were shot down and attacked by Yon-Rogg and his band of Kree warriors. Lawson was killed and Carol was caught in an explosion, wherein her body absorbed intense amounts of cosmic radiation. Seeing that she contained the power they sought, Yon-Rogg and his companions abducted Carol, leaving her colleagues on Earth to believe she had died in the crash.

8. Carol Danvers Trains With The Kree

For the next six years, Carol lived on Hala, the capital planet of the Kree Empire, where she trained with Yon-Rogg. Known only as “Vers,” Carol served the Supreme Intelligence in the Kree-Skrull War. However, all of her memories of her life on Earth were erased in order to ensure her complete cooperation with the Kree Empire.

During this time, Carol picked up several abilities, including weapons training and hand-to-hand combat skills, which would serve her well in years to come. Moreover, she inherited some of the physical abilities of the Kree after receiving a blood transfusion from Yon-Rogg. In order to limit her growing powers, however, the Kree outfitted Carol with a power dampener, which kept her from unlocking her full potential too soon.

7. Carol Danvers Returns To Earth And Becomes Captain Marvel

In 1995, Carol and her Kree companions were ambushed by Skrull freedom fighters while on a mission. Carol was incapacitated and held captive by Talos, the leader of the Skrulls. Managing to escape, she found herself stranded on Earth, where she began to learn about her life before the Kree.

After reconnecting with old allies like Maria Rambeau, Carol joins forces with SHIELD and the Skrulls to fight the Kree. In a showdown with the Supreme Intelligence, she finally removes the power dampener and unlocks her full potential. Carol Danvers finally becomes Captain Marvel, using her powers to repel a Kree invasion of Earth.

6. Carol Fights The Kree

After the events of Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers disappears from the Marvel Cinematic Universe for over twenty years. Having vowed to help find the Skrulls a new homeworld, she left Earth in 1995 with Talos and a ship full of refugees.

The Marvels revealed that the battle between Captain Marvel and the Kree was decidedly short. Not long after the events of Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers returned to Hala and destroys the Supreme Intelligence. Unbeknownst to her, this doomed the planet to a slow and painful death as its resources dwindled, leading to the rise of revolutionary zealot Dar-Benn, who would do anything to save her people.

5. Captain Marvel Joins The Avengers

Captain Marvel was finally summoned back to Earth after twenty-three years away when Nick Fury activated the beacon she had given them after their first mission together. Captain Marvel immediately made her way back to Earth, where she joined up with the Avengers. The heroes revealed that the Mad Titan Thanos had used the Infinity Stones to wipe out half of all life in the universe, including Fury.

In a desperate bid to set things right, Captain Marvel joins the fight against Thanos, tracking him down three weeks after the Battle of Wakanda. Carol helped the Avengers subdue and interrogate Thanos, who revealed that he had destroyed the Infinity Stones to ensure that no one could undo what he had done. Thor beheads Thanos and the Avengers retreat, defeated once more.

4. Captain Marvel And The Avengers Protect The Universe

Captain Marvel has a small role in Avengers: Endgame, which establishes her character as an official member of the Avengers. In the five years following the events of Avengers: Infinity War, Carol helped the Avengers safeguard the galaxy from various threats that arose in the aftermath of the Decimation.

Alongside Black Widow, Rocket Raccoon, Nebula, and War Machine, Carol did her best to keep the galaxy from descending into chaos that followed the Decimation. Given her ability to travel through space, Carol proved to be an asset to the Avengers, covering many planets and galaxies, whereas most of the other heroes could only protect Earth.

3. Captain Marvel Participates In The Battle Of Earth

Carol Danvers was not involved in the Avengers’ Time Heist, which involved Earth’s Mightiest Heroes gathering Infinity Stones from the past in order to bring back everyone that Thanos had snapped away five years earlier. However, Captain Marvel finally intervened once more when an alternate-timeline version of Thanos attacked Earth with his armies.

In what is now dubbed the Battle of Earth, Captain Marvel destroyed Thanos’s warship and faced the Mad Titan head-on. She, however, was unable to stop him, leaving Iron Man to sacrifice his life to destroy Thanos once and for all. In the aftermath, Captain Marvel paid her respects at Tony Stark’s funeral before leaving Earth once more.

2. Captain Marvel Patrols The Galaxy

After the Battle of Earth and Tony Stark’s funeral, the overpowered Captain Marvel uses her abilities to protect the universe. Shooting off into space, Carol kept in contact with Nick Fury, flying missions from planet to planet.

As noble as Carol’s intentions might have been, her years in space kept her distant from anyone that cared about her on Earth. Her intergalactic missions kept Carol from facing her personal demons back home, leading her on all kinds of different adventures — including one in which she marries Prince Yan of Aladna.

1. Captain Marvel Founds The Marvels And Saves The Universe

Brie Larson returns as Captain Marvel in The Marvels, which throws Carol Danvers into the biggest adventure of her life. When the villainous Dar-Benn targets various planets to steal their resources for Hala, Carol is forced to stop her. However, things get complicated when she finds her powers inextricably linked with those of Monica Rambeau, a.k.a. Photon, and Kamala Khan, a.k.a. Ms. Marvel.

While Captain Marvel preferred to work alone, her time with Photon and Ms. Marvel slowly started to change her. As the de facto leader of the Marvels, Carol begins to care for her partners. While the trio manages to defeat Dar-Benn, Monica must sacrifice herself, and she becomes trapped in another universe. Victorious but grief-stricken, Carol and Kamala return to Earth, where they take care of the Rambeau homestead.

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