Captain Marvel (Mar-vell) is a fictional superhero appearing in Marvel Comics. The character was created by Stan Lee and designed by artist Gene Colan and first appeared in Marvel Super-Heroes #12 in 1967. He is of the alien race, the Kree, who was originally sent to Earth to spy on the human race. During his time he began to care for humans and would use his powers to help humanity. In one instance a crowd had over heard a villain yell out his name, Mar-vell, but misheard and they ended up calling him Captain Marvel. Over the years he would go on multiple adventures and have constant conflicts with his Kree brothers over his love for the human race. Mar-vell would unfortunately pass away due to lung cancer which was caused do to a fight with the villain Nitro after inhaling deadly nerve gas.
Carol Danvers is the current character to take on the Captain Marvel mantle and probably the most popular one besides Mar-vell himself. She was created by writer Roy Thomas and designed by artist Gene Colan, Major Carol Danvers first appeared as a member of the United States Air Force in Marvel Super-Heroes #13 in 1968. Carol was very successful during her time in the Air Force, she even retired as a Colonel before accepting a securtiy position with NASA. Due to Carol becoming the youngest security captain in NASA’s history, she became involved in the schemes of the Kree Empire. That is when she met and became friends with Mar-Vell, whose enemies would be responsible for her accident/transformation. During a battle between Mar-vell with the alien Yon-Rogg, Carol was knocked into a damaged Kree Psyche-Magnitron, a powerful device that could turn imagination into reality. Carol’s genetic structure was altered making her a half-Kree superhuman. After Carol recovered from the explosion, she had gained superhuman powers much like those of Captain Marvel and her alter-ego even wore a costume patterned after that of the Kree hero. She became known as Ms. Marvel, and soon established herself as a powerful superhero in her own right. She went through several costume changes as most super heroes do. I placed some in this post so no one would get confused when searching her up in the future on the internet.
Marvel Studios has decided to go with Carol Danvers as the character they will use to introduce the world to Captain Marvel. There are probably multiple reason why Marvel could’ve went that route. The original Captain Marvel hasn’t been used in continuity for over 30 years, excluding the occasional parallel universe or doppelgänger. Carol has had multiple self titled series and has been a mainstay on the Avenger titles for over ten years. She will also be the first female lead super hero movie from Marvel which needs to diversify their cinematic universe. All Marvel has is Black Widow played by the amazing Scarlett Johansson, which who knows how long she’ll be in contract with Marvel. They are in dire need of some girl power and they’ll have that and some with Captain Marvel.