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Off My Mind: Why Ms. Marvel Should be the Next Captain Marvel

It's time Carol Danvers got her own series once again.

Captain Marvel is a name that several characters have used (even ones from different publishers). One of the most famous Captains was Mar-Vell. In 1982, we saw the epic and touching story, THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN MARVEL. The story is held in high regards by many. Despite the popularity of the character, many fans demand that Mar-Vell remain dead.

There have been other Captain Marvels. We even saw the apparent return of Mar-Vell in 2007, which turned out to be a sleeper Skrull agent during the SECRET INVASION.

Marvel has just released a teaser proclaiming the return of Captain Marvel in July 2012. Speculation has already been running wild with who this Captain will be.

The chances are Mar-Vell won't be returning from the dead. We know that pretty much no one is truly dead when it comes to comic book deaths but because of the impact of the story and the 2007 (fake) return, Marvel probably wouldn't go there again. There are Mar-Vell's kids, Genis-Vell and Phyla-Vell along with Hulkling or Noh-Var as possible candidates.

The one person that deserves to take the role is Carol Danvers, also known as Ms. Marvel.

== TEASER ==

This is a rumor that surfaced after the teaser was released. It's a rumor that I hope turns out to be true.

 

Ms. Marvel has long since shown her place as one of the mightiest Avengers. Her origins are closely tied to Mar-Vell's as well. When Carol first appeared, she had overcome the boundary of equality by doing many jobs considered to be a man's job. Not only had she been a fighter pilot and CIA Agent, she also led her her own SHIELD strikeforce team (Operation: Lightning Storm) as well the Mighty Avengers.

When she was working with Mar-Vell (before the world knew who he was), she was exposed to radiation from a Kree device. Mar-Vell tried to shield her with his body and the result was her gaining powers similar to his. Her original costume even sported the same symbol as Mar-Vell's.

Besides her long career as a hero, she recently accomplished another amazing feat. Her 2006 series lasted 50 issues. For a series driven by a female character, that's incredibly impressive these days. It was extremely unfortunate when her series ended and many readers were left wondering why Marvel canceled it.

It's time for Carol to step back into the spotlight. For all her strengths, it's a waste to have her sit in the back of comic panels with nothing really to do. Even when Tony Stark gave her leadership of the Avengers in MIGHTY AVENGERS, she didn't get to do a whole lot. As part of the New Avengers, she's barely featured in the stories and you can easily forget she's even part of the team. Let's see  her get a promotion from "Ms." to "Captain." Changing the name might even make her more appealing to those few that struggle with purchasing comics solely based on a female lead.

 With AVENGERS VS. X-MEN coming up along with the return of the Phoenix Force, it appears that Carol will somehow be using the powers she had when she went by Binary and was part of the Starjammers. Perhaps she will be undergoing some power increase which would make her even more worthy to graduate up to Captain. She's proven she can carry her own title before and let's see her evolve into an even more powerful character.

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Posted by redhood21

id rather see genis or mar back as captain marvel

Posted by Shanana

OMG Yes, please give Carol her own title. I was pissed when her last title was canceled.

Posted by The Stegman

I agree, instead of constantly bringing back dead/lost characters, it would be refreshing to have someone pick up the mantle and continue the legacy.

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Posted by Meteorite

I love Carol, and even if she's not really promoted as such, I see her as Marvel's lead woman (as Wonder Woman is to DC, Ms. Marvel is to Marvel). Yes please!

Posted by Duo_forbidden

I would love to see another Carol have another series since there isn't a female solo series in Marvel. X-23 was doing great, and they cancelled that series. Maybe if Carol has one, it could replace X-23 for me.

Posted by Strider92

I agree she should have her own series (I enjoyed her mini-series a lot) but I think they should try making her into her own character first, rather than simply taking up the mantle of another hero.

Posted by TDK_1997

I agree that she should have her own series but I don't want her to be Captain Marvel.

Posted by AlKusanagi

She should go back to being Binary, reform the Starjammers and then hang out with the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Posted by InnerVenom123

It's going to be Mar-Vell. Already confirmed. By Remender himself.

Edited by Teerack

Eh, I like her where she is. People forget that being captain marvel means leaving earth all the time. I'd rather she be on earth in the new avengers every month. 
 
It takes a certain type of character to stay interesting when they fly out into the cosmic obscurity like the silver surfer or nova. 
 
Kinda bugs me that in two news post about this no one has mentioned Rick Jones at all. I mean i suppose the fact that they made him the new A-Bomb a while back takes away from his likelihood, but still. I feel like he should be considered a contender for possibly being Captain Marvel.

Edited by DrifterInGreen

I’ve never really been a big fan of characters changing their Identities or taking on another person’s identity. There have been plenty of situations or reasons created that explain the changes, whether it’s for avoiding enemies or carrying on the legacy of other characters it always seems kind of weird. The identities of the characters are supposed to be important to the characters but it seems like there is always someone who is willing to ditch their identity. I guess it’s because they spend all this time more or less as one character building an identity or reputation and then they seem to drop it without a second thought. You would think they would at least struggle with the idea of losing part of themselves.

That said at least Ms. Marvel has history with Captain Marvel and she’s not a character who just happens to have similar powers.

Posted by DocFatalis

Anything would be better than bringing Mar-Vell back from the dead. You can even make Volstaag the next captain if you want to, but please, please, no more resurrections. Enough with resurrections.

Oh, and on some unrelated note, killing Hal Jordan again and then leaving him dead would been doing GL a huge favour.

Killing shallow characters, now there's an idea.

Posted by KainScion

her own series + she-hulk series = EPIC WIN!!!!

Posted by tbpinkfloyd

So my fellow nerds were angry when they thought another resurrection was coming our way. Then, they say they'd prefer a resurrection when it's supposedly Ms. Marvel who will finally be respected and upgraded as a whole.

Clearly the community has some work to do.

Edited by Nuec_Sol

@DocFatalis said:

Killing shallow characters, now there's an idea.

Great idea, but when you do that all of suddenly they have a fan fallowing that bitches about it and wants the character resurrected (e.g. Speedball).

Ms. Marvel for Captian Marvel 2012!

Edited by LaserLambert

Hate this character, I felt like she was forced down my throat back when I read the Avengers several years back, pulled from the reserve characters and name changed constantly from Ms. Marvel and Binary and Warbird and then I'm supposed to accept her as a leader? no thank you.

Posted by Miss_Garrick

I still think it should be Monica Rambeau.

Posted by RioBravo

They can call Carol anything they want, as long as we see more of her in action. I love this character. So Carol as Captain Marvel works for me.

Posted by wdchefdave

Carol Danvers is not a "Captain Marvel"!

Way back in the '60's she was there with Mar-Vell and she has been a great character for many years now.

But, never a captain!

Not being sexist.

Posted by ka385385

I'm a very big fan of Ms.marvel ,but i still think it should be male character be captain marvel ,and a different custome.

Posted by X35

It really should be Ms Marvel or Noh-Varr. Not resurrected Mar-Vell or that stupid Young Avenger.

Posted by xkoenig

@Nuec_Sol said:

@DocFatalis said:

Killing shallow characters, now there's an idea.

Great idea, but when you do that all of suddenly they have a fan fallowing that bitches about it and wants the character resurrected (e.g. Speedball).

Ms. Marvel for Captian Marvel 2012!

A huge +1 from me.

Posted by SmoothJammin

I dig it

Posted by Citizenv

Why Ms. Marvel shouldn't be Captain Marvel.

She is boring. Hal Jordan-level boring. But unlike Hal, she doesn't have an incredible supporting mythos and I doubt she will get one soon.

Posted by azza04

Agree 100% I would read a Ms. Marvel series again.

Posted by tonis

you are so spot on with this one, Carol has earned it, and would make a fantastic replacement.

I really hope they don't revive Mar-Vell, after Barry Allen's resurrection, this was the last great death that shouldn't be tampered with for integrity's sake.

Posted by obscurefan

You know what, I like this idea, I totally support it.

Posted by primepower53

Nooooo...Mar-Vell...I WANT MAR-VELL!!

Posted by venomoushatred1001

@redhood21 said:

id rather see genis or mar back as captain marvel

Posted by Stormultt

She's a cool character but nah.

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

I support this article 200 percent

Posted by Stormultt

@primepower53 said:

Nooooo...Mar-Vell...I WANT MAR-VELL!!

Agreed.

Posted by DarthShap

SHAZ...oops.

Posted by Nova`Prime`

@AlKusanagi said:

She should go back to being Binary, reform the Starjammers and then hang out with the Guardians of the Galaxy.

I am going to assume you aren't a Ms. Marvel fan if that's what you want for her character. Have you seen Marvel Cosmic?

Edited by Invisible_Witch

@xkoenig said:

@Nuec_Sol said:

@DocFatalis said:

Killing shallow characters, now there's an idea.

Great idea, but when you do that all of suddenly they have a fan fallowing that bitches about it and wants the character resurrected (e.g. Speedball).

Ms. Marvel for Captian Marvel 2012!

A huge +1 from me.

Co Sign !!!

Posted by davelecave

Yes.

Posted by lykopis

@InnerVenom123 said:

It's going to be Mar-Vell. Already confirmed. By Remender himself.

That's that then.

@RioBravo said:

They can call Carol anything they want, as long as we see more of her in action. I love this character. So Carol as Captain Marvel works for me.

Agreed. She's earned her stripes.

Posted by Sammo21

I am fine with it as long as they give her a new costume. She has one of the worst costumes for a female in MARVEL.

Posted by mtrakos

Terrible idea. Should go to genisis or Noh- Varr. Ms Marvel is the baddest chick in marvel, she can kick some serious booty. Yes she should have her own series. (she's one of the reasons I read Mighty Avengers)

But there are others in line that are more in need of the spotlight, plus its their birth right.

Posted by Mr. Kamikaze

Well...they already revived Scott Lang and the Original Vision (also killing the new one...). Reviving Mar-Vell seems like the logical next step. :P

Posted by PhoenixoftheTides

I'd prefer Monica Rambeau to be awarded the title, but Ms. Marvel is a very strong contended. I'd be happy with either of them.

Posted by Lady_Liberty

Ms. Marvel again please. I miss her!

Posted by AlKusanagi

@Nova`Prime`: Has something changed recently? Because the Marvel space titles used to be their best books.

Posted by BlackArmor

WHAT? A female captain in comics? Never!!!! lol joking, I'm joking of course.....now go make me a sandwich :p

Seriously I think she deserves it, Carol for Captain

Posted by Cronoman66

I really liked her solo series, it dragged a little towards the end but it was very enjoyable. Would like to see her evolve a bit as a character however and this could do it.

However this seems to me like a forced attempt to bring the character back to spite DC with them renaming him SHAZAM. Or that could just be my cynical side talking

Posted by maxicere

I love Ms Marvel !!!

Posted by RajaMan

Either Carol Danvers or Monica Rambeau would be my choice. It depends on what they are doing with the character. It will be very important to set up a strong story, with good supporting characters and a strong sense of her character.

Posted by stu

Genis!!! please let it be Genis!!!

Posted by Decept-O

That would be a good move to have her become Captain Marvel and to have her own title again. My only thing I would do is change her costume, maybe revise it to look a bit like her original while simultaneously updating it.

If she is going to get a power boost somehow via the Phoenix Force or some other way, look out Marvel U.

Posted by AssInAss
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