The Weird and Diverse Comic Book History of ‘Captain Marvel’

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The Weird and Diverse Comic Book History of ‘Captain Marvel’
[Spoilers ahead for “Captain Marvel.”]

So you’ve seen “Captain Marvel” and now you have a bunch of questions about Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers, her history — and wait who was Marvel… or was it Mar-Vell? And what about Monica Rambeau.

Like every other film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Captain Marvel” only loosely adapts from the comic books, streamlining a hell of a lot. It does a fine job of bringing together characters who are only loosely-connected in the comics, and it boasts a strong, diverse cast to boot. But what is the actual history of Captain Marvel?

That’s a huge question. The answer involves not only characters like Mar-Vell and Carol Danvers, but a cosmic badass partly inspired by actress Pam Grier, some extremely convoluted alien relations, and the first Muslim character to headline a Marvel comic book. Strap in because it’s complicated, weird as hell (this is a
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