With the superhero hype getting into overdrive, the hunger for mayhem and chaos in the screens of the movie theatres continues. DC has just released the trailers for 2 of the most anticipated movies on their future movie slate. But Marvel is not far behind. Their next movie in line is Captain Marvel. But how many of you really know that the blonde bombshell that is Carol Danvers is not the original Captain Marvel nor is she the only one to do that name in the comic books?!?! Presenting 18 Popular heroes who have assumed the mantle of Captain Marvel.
1. M.F Enterprises Captain Marvel
It was the 1960’s and Captain Marvel aka Shazam of DC Comics hadn’t been seen around in years. So M.F. Enterprises decided to seize upon the opportunity and launched their own version of Captain Marvel. This guy was an alien robot that went by the name of Roger Winkle and had the ability to split his limbs and head into different directions and control them remotely.
2. The Wasp
Janet Van Dyne was introduced into the MCU in the recently released Ant-Man and the Wasp movie. In the comics, Janet became the new Captain Marvel after Wolverine travelled back in time to kill Hank Pym, the creator of Ultron. The resulting change, in reality, led to a world devastated by Morgan le Fay where the Wasp is Captain Marvel and a member of the Defenders.
3. Skrull Imposter
During the Secret Invasion storyline, the Skrulls tried to duplicate the DNA of Captain Mar-Vell, the Kree Superhero who was the first to bear that name. The Kree were only successful in creating the perfect copy in their 97th attempt. Even still, the imposter was quickly caught by Mystique and later died after exploding himself and releasing fallout of highly radioactive waste.
In one distinct reality, Rogue uses her power absorption ability to permanently absorb the personality and powers of Captain Marvel aka Carol Danvers. After Carol Danvers is given new powers by the alien species called the brood, she turns into the superhero called Binary. Rogue absorbs those powers of hers too and then starts calling herself Captain Marvel.
5. Nextwave’s Captain
Nextwave: Agents of Hate is a massively popular action-packed comic book miniseries that focuses solely on action and adventure packed story arcs as their USP. In this comic book arc, a guy called the Captain is given the hear star by a pair of aliens. He then gets a set of generic abilities that he uses to attack the same alien species that gave him those powers. The Captain calls himself by many names, including Captain Universe and Captain Marvel, before realizing all are already taken.
6. Billy Mar-Vell
The Amalgam universe was a bold but strange movement that saw the merging of several DC and Marvel Superheroes to create an amalgamation of these heroes that looked and sounded completely weird. Batman and Wolverine combined to form Dark Claw. Shazam of DC and Captain Mar-Vell of Marvel combined to form Billy Mar-Vell. He turned into a superhero by shouting the word ‘Kree’.
Many would remember this character appearing in the MCU as the gold-skinned queen of the Sovereign in GOTG Vol. 2. But Ayesha has served a more prominent role in Alan Davis’ Fantastic Four run. She is the Captain Marvel of that reality and has even served as one of their major founding members of the Avengers in a few scenes in the miniseries.
Hulkling is the son of the original Captain Mar-Vell. His real name is Teddy Altman and he is half Kree and half Skrull. This alone gives him super strength as well as shapeshifting powers. Hulkling appeared latest in Avengers: The Children’s Crusade, where he fought the Avengers before fleeing with the Young Avengers into the time stream.
Khn’nr is another Skrull impostor sent to Earth posing as the original Captain Mar-Vell of the Marvel Comics. When he entered the scene, Civil War was in full swing and Tony Stark welcomed the guy with open arms and assigned him to take care of the desolate and highly classified prison block in the Negative Zone. Khn’nr soon realized what he was and rebelled against his Skrull masters, dying a hero’s death.
10. Ultimate Captain Marvel
The Ultimates Universe had their version of Captain Marvel called Mahr Vehl. Posing as the human scientist Philip Lawson, Mahr Vehl helped the Earth achieve true space-faring abilities. When Gah Lak Tus and his heralds called the Silver Surfers invaded the Earth, Mahr Vehl helped defend humanity and eventually perished in the process.
11. Mangaverse Captain Marvel
Marvin Ellwood is the son of Mar-Vell and Carol Danvers. After the Fantastic Four help him retrieve his father’s Nega bands from a volcano, Marvin assumes the mantle of his father and becomes the next Captain Marvel to defeat Galactus, a large inhuman creature of that reality. Marvin would eventually be killed when the Hand Ninjas initiated a global assault on the Earth’s superhero population.
Phyla-Vell is also called Quasar, as she is most popularly known. But once upon a time, the daughter of Mar-Vell also assumed the title of her father after she stole the Quantum Bands from Annihilus during the Annihilation storyline. Phyla-Vell and her partner Moondragon also fought Ultron and the Phalanx in the 2007’s subsequent Annihilation: Conquest storyline.
13. Freddy Freeman
Freddy Freeman is a close friend of Billy Batson, DC’s Captain Marvel aka Shazam. When Billy Batson was injured and paralyzed from the waist down by one of his arch-nemesis, he decided to lend some of his power to Freddy who soon took on the role of Captain Marvel. Freddy would turn into Shazam by uttering the name ‘Captain Marvel’. He would later assume the mantle fully in 2006’s The Trials of Shazam storyline.
14. Marvel Boy
Noh-Varr is a hybrid. He is the result of an experimentation when scientists spliced a cockroach DNA with that of a Kree’s. Noh-Varr started out as a villain, He posed as Captain Marvel and became a part of Norman Osborn’s Dark Avengers. He would later help the Inhumans explore their Kree heritage and would endorse the mantle of the Protector for his short stint as a superhero.
15. Mary Marvel
Mary Marvel’s real name is Mary Bromfield. She would attain the power of Shazam along with her brother and would start her career as a superhero. After a popular run as Ms Marvel, Mary would later lose her powers. She later gains another set of similar abilities but not from Shazam but Black Adam. She would later call herself Black Mary. For now, she has come back to the light and regained her status as a force for good.
16. Monica Rambeau
Monica was blasted with a beam of extra-dimensional energy which would later give her the ability to control the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Monica would assume the name of Captain Marvel, Photon, Pulsar and finally Spectrum. Rambeau is one of Marvel Comics’ greatest superheroes and one of the most powerful of the lot.
17. Carol Danvers
She started out as a supporting character in Mar-Vell’s adventures. Introduced in 1968, Carol Danvers was blasted with alien energy after which she assumed the role of Ms Marvel, her first superhero identity. Carol would later dwell around the fringes of Marvel comics before becoming a major part of the publications’ prime time issues under the name of Captain Marvel. Before that, she also assumed the title of Binary and War Bird. It was only in 2012 that Carol Danvers became the superhero she deserved to be.
A young Billy Batson while doing a noble act caught the eye of the wizard of the Rock of Eternity, Shazam. Shazam then gifted him with the power of the Gods to help him become Captain Marvel, the mightiest mortal the world has ever seen. You can argue as much as you want, but the fact that Captain Marvel of DC is more famous than is than Captain Marvel of Marvel Comics does not change. Unlike Carol Danvers, Shazam has always been the first call when it came to the name of Captain Marvel. He not only assumed that mantle way before even Carol Danvers was born, he has maintained that stature with bestselling comic book series and more than a million strong fan base under his name.