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Carol Danvers (Earliest) (Marvel Comics)

Carol Danvers

(Before Ms. Marvel, part #1)


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Context

Carol Danvers (a.k.a. Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel, among others) is one of the major Marvel Comics super-heroines. She is arguably one of the iconic superhuman women, albeit less so than Wonder Woman. Carol first appeared in 1968 ; her début as a super-heroine was in 1977.

There’s far too much to say about her for a single profile, and writeups.org thus offers a series of writeups. This profile continues in Carol Danvers before Ms. Marvel, part #2.

Logically enough, this first article plumbs her early life and her roots. This is a complex subject, which leads to primers about various aspects of aviation history, the history of women in military aviation, US operations in Afghanistan, Air Force special operations, characters aging in the Marvel Universe, and Boston accents.


Background

  • Real Name: Carol Susan Jane Danvers
  • Other Aliases: Colonel Karola Danlovska of the GRU, Miss Daniels, presumably other identities as an intelligence agent, “Cheeseburger” (USAF nickname and callsign), 102-09-8313 (USAF ID number)
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Joseph (father), Marie (mother), Steven J.(brother), Joseph Jr.(brother), Benny (uncle)
  • Group Affiliation: Former member of the Air Force and Air Force Strategic Operations, former member of the CIA
  • Base Of Operations: New York City. Formerly Boston and a Cape Cod summer house ; later unrevealed Air Force bases and CIA buildings.
  • Height: 5’7” Weight: 120 lbs
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Blonde


Powers & Abilities

Danvers is a crack Air Force pilot, and one-half of a legendary Cold War military intelligence team. She’s a talented unarmed combatant and markswoman, and can reliably beat up about 4 times her weight in trained agents and heavies with her bare hands.

At this point her fighting style relies mostly on punches and elbow strikes. Being a person ahead of her time, it is quite possible she was an early American trainee in Asian martial arts (perhaps a narrow répertoire of jujitsu techniques taught to some US soldiers during the occupation of Japan).

Danvers’ USAF file states that she’s fluent in 3 languages. English and Russian were demonstrated, and she knows scattered words in a variety of languages including several Arabics.

Later information implies that Danvers has exceptional genetics, helping explain her remarkable health, reflexes, senses and coordination — all well above agents who have received similar training.

Danvers is generally armed with the standard-issue Air Force handgun back then — a Colt M1911A1 — though she seems to use an aftermarket “plus 1” magazine. When expecting combat, she will often be armed with an early M16 – an XM16E1.


The life and times of Carol Danvers

In this section we’re going to discuss the chronology of Carol’s life, a subject worth about 150 millihawkmans  – the standard unit of continuity clusterfudge. Our suggestions will use the usual WORG stance that the publication dates are the actual dates for the events in the Marvel Universe.

See our article on the Leòn Genetic Sequence for more about chronology and ageing in the Marvel Universe.

Carol Danvers (Ms. Marvel Comics) in uniform, wounded, in a wheelchair

Our suggested material solves all known continuity issues as of this writing and allows all of her adventures to take place as published. It dodges the usual weird Marvel retcons intended to fit everything within the t10-year timeline. It also helps explain her personality, though that will become more evident in the second profile.

As usual, the original material is kept to a minimum (and signalled), the idea being to have the story exist in-universe in a manner as close as possible to the published comics.

Proposed timeline basics

The suggested timeline is that Carol is born in 1938, joins the Air Force in 1956, joins the CIA in 1963 (her CIA cases are pretty firmly set in the early 60s in the published flashbacks), and joins NASA in 1967 (the publication date). She leaves NASA in 1975 and becomes the editor of Woman magazine in 1977 (the publication date).

Beyond the publication dates, there are unusually clear data points establishing Danvers as being quite older than “modern” super-heroes. At one point we see Warren Worthington III, aged about 12, in the same scene as Danvers, aged about 26 ; we also know that Carol was busted out of Lubyanka when Rogue was about 9 years old.

Lastly Danvers seems to be of roughly the same age as the Black Widow, who has a documented anagathic factor, whenever they cross paths.

Lead me on

This chronology leads to the conclusion that Danvers’ ageing is considerably slowed down, and/or that she was rejuvenated. Her ageing likely starts slowing down in 1958 – in 1977 she looks about 28 or 30 whereas by our timeline she should be pushing 40, and in 2007 she can’t look a day older than 32 whereas by our timeline she would be nearly 70.

No age reduction factor is ever mentioned in the primary sources, but if we apply the *hypothetical* timeline discussed above, there has to be something.

There is a number of plausible hypotheticals to explain the slowed ageing:

  • Danvers has been stated to have near-perfect genetics, with great health and a peak human potential. In the Marvel Universe, it might be the only explanation necessary.
  • The US government may have been able to replicate the Kudrin treatment used by the KGB as part of the Black Widow program. If so Danvers would have been an obvious choice as a recipient.
  • Carol may have received an emergency transfusion from Nick Fury during a CIA mission, back when the effects of the Infinity Formula weren’t documented. With her genetics, Danvers would have started secreting the Formula on her own after just one exposure.
  • It is entirely possible that she was rejuvenated when she acquired the Ms. Marvel powers, and later on when she became Binary (and possibly later on still when she started manifesting Binary-like powers again). There are reasons to believe that each such transformation came with significant physiological improvements.
  • And of course you could simply be using our Leòn Genetic Sequence explanation for the effects of age on super-heroes comic books characters.

An age suppression factor would also help explain the constant comments about how young Carol looks all throughout her 20s – for instance she presumably still looked 22 when she was 26.

Mighty wings

The suggested timeline allows everything to take place as published, without retcons, at the date it was published… with a handful of exceptions.

  • Uncanny X-Men #164 mentions Carol going to see an Apollo launch during her teenage years. Since the first Apollo launch was in 1966, this was at publication time an attempt to re-frame things into a 10-year timeline, though of course that attempt is now obsolete and the date topical.
    In the timeline implied by this issue, Carol would have been born around 1950 ; in the History section we suggest replacing that launch with another landmark aerospace program, the X-Plane test flights.
  • In Ms. Marvel volume 2 issue 25, we see a flashback at Cape Canaveral, which seems to take place in the 1980s since it involves a space shuttle. In the timeline implied in this issue, Carol was thus born around 1960.
    In our suggested timeline this event would have occurred around 1971, so we just have to postulate the existence of a space-shuttle-like one-of-a-kind prototype at Cape Canaveral in the early 70s. Which in the Marvel Universe sounds credible ; for verisimilitude one may mention the Boeing Dyna-Soar  (cancelled in 1963) or even the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-105 .
  • An issue set in 1981 (right after Rogue erases Carol’s mind) gives Danvers’s age as 29, which seems about right for her physiological age.
  • In flashbacks that seem set in the early 1960s, Carol, Logan and Ben Grimm are flying a Northrop flying wing  as a recon aircraft.
    However, the one prototype used for recon flights was scrapped in 1953. This is not necessarily a problem, since it is indicated in the story that this plane was a secret prototype, and was off the records. We’ll assume that in the Marvel Universe the flying wing program was secretly continued after 1953, with a new prototype being released to the USAF under top secret conditions in the mid-60s.
    In the same flashback it is indicated that the rifles in the weapons locker are the brand-new model of assault rifle the military just acquired, and they look very much like early M16s. Our suggested timeline has the flying wing mission take place around 1964 and, conveniently enough, the USAF adopted the M16 as its assault rifle in… 1964.
    This would make the rifles in the flying wing’s lockers trial models that were retained by the USAF when the contract was signed. Thus this flashback works seamlessly with our timeline, given the small assumption above.
  • As the v1 of this writeup was finalised (closing weeks of 2008), a big flashback in Afghanistan occurs. It is… problematic in any timeline, raising the needle to 248 millihawkmans. See “Playing With the Boys” below.

Carol Danvers and Michael Rossi under fire

Playing with the boys

This flashback is set during the 2001+ war in Afghanistan. Since it starts on an Uzbekistan airbase from where US forces are launching flights into Afghanistan, I assume it cannot take place before early 2002. Thus, according to this flashback, Carol’s entire career – including her time in Strategic Operations with Rossi, her NASA position, etc. – is now supposed to take place between late 2002 and late 2008.

This of course retcons just about everything we know about the character. Furthermore this flashback completely changes the point at which she meets Rossi, making some previous stories impossible. It also implies very weird things about X-Men and Avengers history, but that’s a normal result of the 10-year timeline.

Oy gevaldt . Does this wreck the proposed, hypothetical timeline above ?

The fix is to have these events take place in the same area, but in 1963. Back then there was a significant US intelligence military presence around central Asia as part of the Cold War containment polices with the CENTO alliance  (formerly the Pact of Baghdad organisation).

At that point the US and USSR are still, to an extent, vying for “influence” over Afghanistan but it has become clear that the USSR is winning that one, and the Afghanistan/Pakistan relationship has disintegrated.

Thus, the events can take place as seen in the flashback with but very minor changes – Carol would have been flying from a Pakistani airbase over Afghanistan as a spy plane mission. It might have been Cold War CIA work to contain the Soviets in Afghanistan, or as support for the Pakistani military dictatorship to monitor the frontier.

The plane she was flying could easily have been Stark’s competition for the Lockheed A-12  (a direct precursor of the famous SR-71 Blackbird). Stark could easily have been on a tour of US military forces in Asia – the day after meeting Danvers in Pakistan he leaves for Việt Nam, and the rest is history.

I love it when a plan comes together.

Highway to the danger zone

Our suggested, hypothetical timeline has Carol serving in the US Air Force during the mid-1950s. Furthermore we see her in the comics conducting CIA work as an Air Force veteran in the 1960s. However, most readers will have noticed that Carol is a woman. Is that historically credible ?

The answer is a cautious ’yes’. Female military pilots were already well-established at that point, and though Carol was certainly ahead of her times, much of the original trailblazing had already been done. Here are key facts to bring context to Ms. Danvers’ military career.

Lady pilots and a B17 (Wiki commons)

WASP ferrying crew and their B17 Flying Fortress (source: Wikipedia Commons)

The Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps  appeared in 1942 and became the full status Women’s Army Corps  by the following year. The WASPs (Women Air Force Service Pilots)  are created in the same year, also from forerunner organisations (such as the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron ) created in 1942.

The goal of these organisations was to face a shortage in manpower by having women occupy non-combat positions to free up men for the front lines.

The WASPs, under the leadership of the famous Jackie Cochran  (eventually a Lt.-Col. in the Air Force Reserves), were all confirmed pilots – whereas a few hundred hours were required to qualify for an equivalent male pilot, the average WASP servicewoman had about 1,400 hours of flying experience under her belt before joining. One of the key drivers of the effort, Nancy Harkness Love , had been a test pilot before the war.

After the war, the Integration Act For Women In The Armed Services  was signed, and Women in the Air Force (WAF)  was organised. WAF had female personnel serving with the USAF as full status military personnel, though in a limited role.

In our suggested timeline, Carol would have joined the WAF under the command of Mary Jo Shelly. Though despite Shelly’s efforts the roles available to WAF staff were still usually limited to traditionally female roles (such as nurses or stenographers), it really depended on how liberal the local USAF commander was. Some commanders opened the air transport and ferrying jobs to women, as it had been amply proven during WWII that female pilots could do the job.

Some informal arrangements were also made – for instance Cochran broke the wall of sound in a 1953 unofficial test flight, making credible a flashback scene where Danvers is seen test flying an Air Force warbird during her WAF career.

Early Carol Danvers on the phone

Interestingly, the aforementioned Ms. Cochran went on to intensely lobby the Mercury 13 program  to have several highly trained lady pilots become astronauts. Several such women scored very highly on tests – in the Marvel Universe that would certainly have included Carol Danvers acing all tests thrown at her, helping to explain her later recruitment by NASA.

As a side note, US armed forces integration seems to have been more advanced in the Marvel Universe than in the real world. For racial integration there are several high-profile multi-racial commando units early on during WWII (with Gabriel Jones being a prime, early example).

It also seems that women were allowed in or near combat theatres during the Việt Nam war (as implied by Marauders member Arclight, though her role and status in that conflict are unclear) rather than by 1994 as in the real world.

Danvers’ career can thus be explained by an exceptionally liberal USAF commanding officer (Michael Rossi) allowing a top WAF pilot (Danvers) to take a number of unconventional roles, presumably as a mix of both official and unofficial flights.

It is also possible, especially in the Marvel Universe, that the top WAF soldiers and officers were occasionally tapped, off the record, for special missions such as intelligence work. Some such initiatives may even have been intended as a counter to the growing legend of the Black Widow.

In a flashback set near the end of the era covered by this writeup, Carol is clearly seen wearing a 411th Test Wing insignia. In our suggested timeline this group was still called the 411th Fighter Group . Perhaps Rossi commanded the 411th (which, back then, was in Michigan).

Interestingly, the 411th started working with NASA in 1978, right after Carol left NASA in our suggested timeline – maybe some political horse-trading was involved.

Danvers is consistently described as a Major with the USAF. This is a senior rank, and is normally granted by a board decision after 9 or 10 years of superior service. The likely explanation is simply that Carol had a meteoric rise in the ranks. Whilst this may seem far-fetched, she did earn a Medal of Honor – the highest military decoration – and this may have occurred during her career as a pilot.

To sum it up — in our suggested, *hypothetical* timeline it is reasonable to assume that Danvers was a gifted WAF pilot, who was assigned to the 411th Fighter Group after scoring highly on tests and being personally recommended by the WAF.

The 411th’s commander, Colonel Rossi, was a friend of Shelly and supported WAF pilots taking an active role, which allowed Danvers to shine and demonstrate superior proficiency as a pilot, even running unofficial test flights and record-setting flights.

During one such assignment (for instance ferrying an experimental Stark jet fighter abroad for field tests), something exceptional happened, during which Danvers demonstrated valour above and beyond the call of duty, earning her a Medal of Honor, a spectacular promotion, and giving her the freedom to act as one of the boys among the 411th.

2012 EDIT – amusingly the 2012 Captain Marvel series starring Carol uses many of these historical elements, though to preserve the official chronology they are associated with an aged friend of Danvers. This series, published well after this profile was done, is still too recent for us to integrate material from it though.

Take my breath away

The intelligence unit Danvers joins after she stops working as a pilot is called “Strategic Operations” in the comics. As far as we know, no such unit – or even vaguely similar unit – actually existed the Air Force during the late 1950s.

Here are some paths to give a patina of historical verisimilitude to this part of her career :

  • Recent flashbacks renamed “Strategic Operations” to “Special Operations”. Air Force Special Operations  actually exists, but was created in 1968 to face specific issues in Việt Nam. In the Marvel Universe AFSO could have appeared much earlier than in the real world – perhaps after a military clash with the Yellow Claw in the 1950s.
  • Rossi and Danvers may have been agents of the USAFSS (USAF Security Services , the predecessor of Air Force Intelligence). Their role would have been very different from the rest of the organisation, though. It does not seem like a credible possibility
  • They may have been part of a top secret predecessor of the 4400th CCTS (Combat Crew Training Squadron), which would become the first Air Commandos unit operating since World War II. In the real world, the 4400th does not appear before 1961  – but in the Marvel Universe, given the smashing success of commando units such as the Howling Commandos during WWII, it is possible that the USAF kept an air commando group running after the 1946 demobilisation.

The agency Carol joins after “Strategic Operations” is almost certainly the CIA. While the DIA would have been more logical, she is repeatedly seen working with known CIA agents such as Nick Fury. When Danvers states that she’s with the DOD, Wolverine is certain that she’s dissembling and she’s with the Agency. Would Wolverine ever lie to us ?

A recent clarification from Marvel is that she was USAF all along and only pretended to be CIA, DIA and DOD. Given the poor relationships among the alphabet soup and her close ties with CIA agents, this secondary source explanation seems… odd.

Rossi was also just retconed as having been CIA all along and grooming Carol to be a CIA mole within the USAF – but this was a partly-explained shock ending as the series was changing its status quo, so we’re not quite certain what to do with these revelations – which stands a good chance of being ignored.


History

(The dates mentioned in this section assume our suggested timeline.)

Carol is the eldest child of a Boston couple. Her father was a stubborn man with a strong personality and very conservative mores, who highly valued qualities such as self-reliance, courage and persistence, which he perceived as manly. He was disappointed that his first child was a girl, and Carol spent much of her childhood and adolescence proving she could be as tough as any boy.

The young girl excelled in traditionally masculine pursuits, such as ball games, poker or helping with building the family’s summer house near Cape Cod. This was not enough to smooth over her relationship with her father, and she spent most of her teens fighting with him.

Young Danvers developed an interest in cutting-edge aviation early on. During her teens, she hitchhiked away without authorisation or supervision to go watch test flights. This made her father furious and resulted in a beating.

(The flight in question was stated to be an Apollo launch ; if we stick with the suggested, hypothetical late 1930s birth date, Carol likely went to watch a test flight of the groundbreaking X-Plane experimental program  instead).

Being very successful in high school, Carol wanted to go to college. However, her father again objected – he could afford to send but one of his kids to college. Joseph Danvers Sr. predictably decided it would be Steve, the elder son – who was even more successful in school than Carol. According to Mr. Danvers, girls did not need a higher education and just had to find a good husband.

Carol worked part-time from age 16 to 18 (chiefly at Filene’s Basement ) but did not make enough money to pay for her tuition, and her father stubbornly refused to loan her the missing amount.

You’re in the Air Force now

Tough, smart, having graduated as the valedictorian of her high school, and ahead of her times, Carol joined the Air Force. She signed on on the day after her 18th birthday, without bothering to talk about it with her family.

In the military, she soon met Michael “Ace” Rossi, a Chair Force colonel who became her mentor, then her friend. In the Air Force, Danvers rapidly became a Major — and a test pilot as well. Her callsign, assigned under unknown circumstances, was “Cheeseburger”.

Despite her gender Cheeseburger was often thought to be the top pilot in the USAF and WAF, and her career progression was something of a record.

(For a likely progression of Carol’s Air Force career and historical context, see the “The life and times of Carol Danvers” section above).

Flashback to Carol Danvers' youth

In unknown circumstances, Danvers was decorated by the President for service above and beyond the call of duty and received the Medal of Honor. When that happened is unrevealed, but the most logical explanation is that it took place during her career as a pilot, to help explain her high rank.

Carol’s final mission as a military pilot was to test-flight an experimental Stark Industries aircraft and reconnaissance camera over Afghanistan. After some banter with Stark, who had personally come to monitor the equipment, she flew the mission. However, Danvers’ plane was shot down by a missile that unexpectedly defeated all counter-measures.

Captured and tortured by a local armed force headed by one Rashid Ghazi, she escaped after grabbing some intelligence and killing several guards. Her captors were working for the CIA, and apparently thought that Danvers’ mission was to kill them as part of an American treason.

With a broken arm, a broken leg and five missing fingernails, Danvers crossed thirty miles in bad terrain to rendezvous with Rossi. Her friend was now with an Air Force spook outfit and was in Afghanistan to establish the groundwork for downed pilots recovery operations ; Danvers ended up being his first customer.

Since Carol now had highly sensitive information about the operations of their CIA rivals in Afghanistan, Rossi told her to play dumb and not mention what she had found.

Once she was stateside and out of the hospital, Danvers had her military flight licence revoked. Though this development shocked Major Danvers, she soon learnt that it was a necessary step for her transfer to Rossi’s Air Force intelligence unit, known as “Strategic Operations” or “Special Operations”.

Strategic Operations

After she completed various rounds of intelligence and combat training, Danvers became Rossi’s field partner within Strategic Operations — and eventually his lover. This 2-person team was very successful, and gained a reputation as one of the top intelligence assets of the US during the Cold War.

Rossi and Danvers’ attempts to follow up on the information she had found in Afghanistan were less successful, though. They were foiled in Berlin by an American mercenary — Rick Mason, the Agent — working for unrevealed parties, and left without leads.

After several years with Strategic Operations, Danvers — still looking in her 20s — apparently transferred to the CIA. There are conflicting accounts as to whether this was the CIA, or whether she even transferred at all, but the CIA remains the most likely possibility.

As an Agency operative, Danvers came to work in the field with the legendary Nick Fury, and became a friend of a star agent named Logan. Though Canadian, Logan was then working for US intelligence ; several years later he’d return as the Canadian costumed agent Wolverine.

One documented operation had her paired with Colonel Fury to act upon a tip about a secret weapon hidden within the Department of Agriculture. The weapon turned out to be Logan, whose memories had recently been heavily edited.

Fury and Danvers helped him escape from a cadre of apparently American agents trying to capture him. After receiving unexpected help from the Black Widow (Natalia Romanova), Fury decided to just let Logan leave for Canada, telling Danvers that he had his reasons to disobey orders.

Though Carol cherished her relationship with Michael Rossi, the couple drifted apart and eventually broke up. Presumably Danvers was sucked into her work and the constant travel and danger, and did not maintain her full ties with Rossi. Though no longer lovers, they remained good friends and close allies.

Espionage

In 1964 or 1965, Danvers was detailed to a very special mission by Colonel Nicholas Fury – presumably working for the CIA, since it was a few months before he was recruited to head S.H.I.E.L.D..

Hotshot test pilot Benjamin J. Grimm and special Canadian agent Logan were the other two agents on the mission, and they were provided with an experimental YB-49 Northrop flying wing packed full of special equipment. Their goal was to gather intelligence on a Soviet experimental site.

The Soviets were aware of the mission, however, and the flying wing was shot down. Carol, in her mission role as flight engineer, set the aircraft’s nuclear self-destruct charge and ran into the woods with the black boxes whilst Grimm and Logan bought her time. However, the Black Widow disarmed the charges, and the plane was captured intact.

Logan and Grimm managed to escape from the guards, whilst Danvers stole a Yak aircraft to fly back to Alaska. Spotting her colleagues shortly after taking off, she had them grab the skis of her plane and airlifted them away. The trio went on to recapture their flying wing and dodge the Black Widow long enough to escape.

Carol Danvers and Nick Fury do a drive-by shooting

Another documented case occurred after the assassination of a crack Canadian special agent, who was a friend of Logan’s. Danvers and Logan made unofficial enquiries, feeling that there was something odd with the official investigation into the assassination.

They unearthed a conspiracy of suspected mutants, involving the Canadian intelligence services and the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club in New York. Back then, mutants were unknown except to a few cutting edge specialists such as Charles Xavier.

Logan did not know that he was a mutant at that point, though he strongly suspected a link. While it all seemed to be a wild-eyed conspiracy theory involving secret supermen and shady organisations straight from a comic book, Logan insisted that he and Danvers keep digging.

An agent of the conspiracy who would later be known as Sabretooth killed the witnesses and destroyed the scant evidence — but Danvers and Logan determined that the conspiracy was real. In a fateful moment, Carol transmitted the evidence to “a freshman Senator who seem[ed] on the up and up”, Senator Kelly.

Thus did Major Danvers unwittingly play a major role in what would eventually become Project: Wideawake and the anti-mutant policies of the US government.

Meanwhile, Fury went on to become the head of S.H.I.E.L.D., and it is likely that Rossi was an early recruit. Whether he contacted Danvers for S.H.I.E.L.D. membership is unrevealed.

End of an era – Lubyanka

Some months after these events Carol’s brother Steve was killed in Việt Nam. Steve’s death had a dire effect on the Danvers, and in particular Joe Sr.. Devastated by the death of his son, he started drinking too much whilst pretending that everything was all right.

This both worsened his relationship with Carol, and foreshadowed his daughter’s own bout with alcoholism years later.

(A later account has Steve dying much earlier, just before Carol joins the Air Force. This is apparently a continuity mistake.)

In mid-1966, Carol was caught by the KGB and sent to the Lubyanka prison. Her superiors decided to just let go of her and forbade any attempt to rescue her. However her close friends Rossi and Logan went AWOL and busted her out of Lubyanka, exfiltrating her back to the US.

How she had been captured, what happened in prison and how the rescue mission went was never explored. However, Carol seemed very diminished physically and psychologically by her imprisonment, and had to leave the US intelligence apparat.


Description

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For people unfamiliar with it, here is a gripping documentary about said accent (it’s also hilarious if you’ve lived in Boston) :

Danvers’ youth and attractiveness are frequently commented upon by the men she encounters, to the point of monotony.

Officially she is 5’11”, but does not seem that tall in any of the flashbacks or period art – a 5’11” woman would not be a common sight during the 1960s. We assume that her successive mutations as Ms. Marvel and later Binary are what gradually boosted her physique and height.


Personality

Despite her youth, Agent Danvers is a consummate professional – calm, smart, in control, highly trained, dedicated. Despite her job, she’s a good person – not a casual killer or a torturer, and with an idealistic sense of patriotism and of the greatness of the US.

Still, if sacrifices are necessary, she will execute on them with little hesitation.

Carol soon grew tired of being treated either as a kid to be protected or as some sweet piece of behind to be wooed. Even her good friend and most trusted ally, Logan, tended to treat her somewhat like a child despite her track record and skills.

Carol is clearly ahead of her times, and for all of her young life butted her head against conservative views of women’s roles. She eventually became cranky about the subject, but will apparently not be exposed to feminist thought until the mid-1960s.


Quotes

“[My plane] is on fire, I’ve got no landing gear and I don’t have a parachute. This does not bode well.”

“Let him go, Logan. He isn’t worth it. Get control of yourself.”

“Somebody in our government has got to listen. Has got to care.”

(Test-flying a Stark Industries experimental plane after Tony Stark used a lamentable pickup line on her) “Colonel, you can tell Stark the plane operates better than he does.”


DC Universe History

“Flashbacks Carol” is connected to the key spies of the Marvel Universe in the 1960s, so it would make sense for her to be a colleague of King Faraday on the danger trail, giving her a similar role in the DCU.

Carol could conceivably have worked with the Suicide Squad. You might even substitute Rick Flag Sr. for Rossi to an extend, depending upon which of the various Mission X Suicide Squad timelines you use.

Other likely DCU links for the highly-connected Carol include Nathaniel Adams and Steve Trevor in the USAF. Trevor was the son of a female pilot, and would likely have supported WAF and similar organisations.

A DCU character is somewhat similar to Carol at this stage – Captain Jillian Pearlman of the USAF, call-sign Cowgirl, a friend of Hal Jordan who was briefly turned into Star Sapphire. With the “small world effect” in super-heroes stories, Pearlman could be Danvers’ niece.


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Carol Danvers – in her 20s

Dex: 05 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Upholding Justice
Int: 05 Wil: 04 Min: 05 Occupation: Pilot, agent
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 016 HP: 020

Skills:
Artist (Actress): 04, Artist (Cooking): 02, Martial Artist: 04, Thief (Stealth): 04, Vehicles (Land): 05, Vehicles (Air): 06, Vehicles (Space): 03, Weaponry (Firearms, Heavy): 05

Bonuses and Limitations:
Vehicles (Space) is Contingent upon Vehicle (Air) — it represents Danvers using her experience as a pilot or test pilot as it transfers to space shuttles and the like, and is thus only usable with Earth space vehicles.

Advantages:
Credentials (US Air Force, Low ; Central Intelligence Agency, Low), Expertise (Poker ; Making her personal soup recipe), Familiarity (SCUBA, Military equipment and protocols, Avionics and related systems), Language (Russian ; some vocabulary in a number of languages, including Arabic), Rank (former Major with the Air Force), Slowed Ageing.

Connections:
Logan (High), Colonel Michael “Ace” Rossi (High), Colonel Fury (Low). Low Connections with the USAF and the Agency (from her Credentials).

Drawbacks:
Misc.: Carol is young, attractive and in a very unusual role for a woman in the 1960s and 70s, which results in credibility issues and social awkwardness. In game terms this is very much like the Age (Young) Drawback.

Equipment:

  • .45 ACP Colt M1911A1 [BODY 04, Projectile weapon: 04, Ammo: 08, R#02].
  • XM16E1 rifle [BODY 04, Projectile weapon: 06, Ammo: 06, R#03, Advantage: Autofire, Rec. STR: 03]


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Carol Danvers (flashback youth) — Averaged PL 6.2

STR STA AGL DEX FGT INT AWE PRE
01 02 02 04 04 02 01 01

Combat Advantages

Defensive roll 2, Evasion, Precise attack (Close, Concealment)

Other Advantages

Benefit 1 (Slowed ageing), Connected, Contacts, Equipment 5, Language 1 (Russian), Skill mastery (Vehicles)

Skills

Athletics 4 (+5), Close combat (Unarmed) 3 (+7), Deception 5 (+6), Expertise (Fighter pilot) 8 (+10), Expertise (Espionage) 6 (+8), Insight 3 (+4), Perception 4 (+5), Persuasion 1 (+2), Ranged combat (Firearms) 3 (+7), Stealth 4 (+6), Vehicles 5 (+9)

Equipment

Light pistol

Offense

Initiative +2
Unarmed +7, Close, Damage 1
Light pistol +7, Ranged, Damage 3 Ballistic
Assault rifle +7, Ranged, Multiattack Damage 5 Ballistic

Defense

Dodge 8 Fortitude 6
Parry 7 Toughness 4/2*
Will 7

* Without Defensive Roll

Complications

  • Prejudice Carol is a young woman in a macho occupation and a chauvinistic time
  • Identity Carol is a spy working undercover

Power levels

  • Trade-off areas Attack/Effect PL 6, Dodge/Toughness PL 6, Parry/Toughness PL 6, Fort/Will PL 7
  • Point total 90 Abilities 34, Defences 19, Skills 23, Powers 0, Devices 0, Advantages 14. Equiv. PL 6.


By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Marvel Universe

Helper(s): roguetamlin, Darci, wikipedia, Chaplain Chris, Ryan Jones’ writeup 

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