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Ms. Marvel comics (Caroil Danvers) with the original black costume

Ms. Marvel – 1980s

(Older profile)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Carol Danvers is one of the main heroines of the Marvel Universe. She’s been around since 1968 as supporting cast, and since 1977 as Ms. Marvel.

This profile is part of our *older* arc of Ms. Marvel writeups.&esmp;It is scheduled for a complete rewrite. The three previous profiles have already been redone :

  1. Carol Danvers (before Ms. Marvel part 1)
  2. Carol Danvers (before Ms. Marvel part 2)
  3. Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers) (Year One)

Background

  • Real Name: Carol Danvers
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Joseph (father), Marie (mother), Steve (brother, deceased), Joseph Jr. (brother)
  • Group Affiliation: Former member of the USAF and CIA
  • Base Of Operations: Cape Canaveral, later New York City
  • Height: 5’11” Weight: 120lbs
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Blonde


Powers and Abilities

Danvers, an amazingly talented and versatile woman, has received superb training in espionage and combat from the CIA and tutors like Nick Fury and Wolverine. She is also a remarkable military pilot with a true passion for flying, an excellent writer and editor and a gifted investigative journalist.

The Ms. Marvel I powers are now best known as Rogue’s powers – ability to lift more than 50 tons, invulnerability, flight. However, Miss Marvel I had a sort of combat intuition/precognition, called “the seventh sense”, which Rogue seldom if ever used.


History

A second exposure to the energies of a Kree Psyche-Magnetron also imbued her with some of the properties which formally resided in her Kree uniform (namely flight and the ability to change into costume at will). Carol fought many villains during her career as Ms. Marvel, including Deathbird, MODOK, AIM, the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, the Hellfire Club and Mystique.

She also joined the Avengers for a brief period. It was her affiliation with the Avengers which drew Carol to the attention of the creature known as Marcus. The son of Immortus, Marcus observed the Avengers from afar and became obsessed with Ms. Marvel. Marcus kidnaped Carol using Immortus’ technology to manipulate her mind and seduce her into loving him.

Let’s never talk about that again

Marcus impregnated Carol with a child who would rapidly grow up into Marcus himself, enabling him to escape Limbo. He returned Carol to the Avengers, unaware of her time and seduction in Limbo. Carol was shocked when she learned that she was pregnant and devastated since she was completely unaware of the identity of the father.

The pregnancy ran its course in a matter of days, leaving Carol shaken… both as a woman and a hero. The child grew within a day into a full-grown man, one who was determined to win his “mother’s” love. Carol, still bewildered by the entire experience, agreed to accompany Marcus back to Limbo. The Avengers wished the pair well.

In Limbo, Marcus continued to age rapidly and quickly died of old age. Carol was alone in Limbo and free of his mind control. She was sickened by Marcus’ manipulations and felt betrayed by the Avengers who failed to question Marcus’ actions or motives.

Carol mastered Immortus’ technology and returned to Earth, choosing to settle in San Francisco instead of returning to the Avengers.

Rogue

Carol’s return to Earth was sensed by Destiny, Mystique’s partner. Destiny had previously prophesied that Ms. Marvel would be involved in an event that would destroy the life of Mystique’s foster daughter, Rogue. Mystique had vowed to destroy Ms. Marvel before this could happen and developed an obsessive hatred for Ms. Marvel.

Rogue, overhearing Destiny’s concerns and Mystique’s rantings, decided to take the battle to Carol herself.

Rogue attacked Carol in San Francisco. Carol resisted and the two battled atop the Golden Gate Bridge. When Rogue tried to use her power-absorbing abilities on Carol something went terribly wrong and she absorbed too much of Carol’s persona. The transfer of powers and psyche was permanent.

Driven mad by Carol’s thoughts and memories, Rogue threw Carol’s body from the bridge.

Blank slate

Amazingly, Carol was rescued by Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew). At the hospital, Carol was identified and diagnosed as a tabula rasa, a blank slate. Drew called in Professor Xavier of the X-Men, who was able to pull forth Carol’s memories and personality from her subconscious. However, he was unable to restore her emotional connection to those memories and experiences.

Carol and Jessica spent some time at the X-Mansion while Carol recovered from her ordeal. During this time, a now powerless Carol confronted the Avengers and vented her anger for their betrayal of her.

Carol remained with the X-Men for a brief time, during which she often accompanied them on missions. One such mission led to Carol’s capture by the alien Brood. Fascinated by her Kree/Human physiology, the Brood performed experiments on Carol’s genetic structure.

This unleashed the full potential of Carol’s Kree/Human physiology transforming her into the cosmic-powered Binary.


Description

See illustration.


Personality

Ryan Jones did a fine job distinguishing the main aspects in Miss Marvel I’s personality:

  • Feminist. Carol is fiercely independent and self-reliant. She has always been a woman who challenges gender expectations and who has excelled in male dominated fields. She strongly believes that she can do anything she sets her mind to.
    She is highly sensitized to sexist attitudes and is a staunch believer in her capabilities as a woman. Anyone who tries to tell her otherwise better watch out! Carol can be highly confrontational around these issues and has even challenged Captain America in this area. Carol has definitely found the inherent strength in her own femininity.
  • Strong-willed. Carol is an incredibly confident and strong-willed individual, despite the mental and physical tragedies that have befallen her. She has overcome incredible odds, both personally and professionally. She has a warrior spirit and raw will power that has been compared to Storm’s.
    This personality trait has allowed her to endure physical and mental torture and to maintain both sanity and focus under extremely stressful and painful conditions.
  • Military. Carol is a warrior at heart. Both her human and Kree experiences have shaped her perspectives and her personality. She thinks and responds as a trained soldier and warrior. This plays a strong role in how she reacts in various situations. She can be fierce, ruthless and brutal in battle. She does what needs to be done and this militaristic determination can sometimes come across as cold and callous. She is incredibly assertive, straight-forward and downright bold.
    Carol entered the military due to her almost obsessive love of airplanes and her dreams of flying.
  • Haunted. Despite her fierce will power, Carol is haunted and currently overwhelmed by the tragedies that make up her life. From the loss of her emotions and original powers at the hands of Rogue to the death of Mar-vell to her current shame about her alcoholism and status with the Avengers, Carol is wrestling with a lot of demons. She has tried various means of escaping these issues, from her time in space to her drinking and is now realizing that she has only compounded her problems and must start dealing with them.
  • Emotionally disconnected. Carol’s battle with Rogue left her with a lifetime of memories without any emotional connections to them. She remembers friends, family and lovers but feels nothing for them beyond nostalgia. Carol’s emotional reality began anew after Xavier restored her memories and she finds it difficult and awkward to deal with her own past because of this. This causes Carol to seem distant and even cold with those who she was once very close with.
  • To Ryan’s article I’d add that freedom is Carol’s most notable trait. She can adapt to new situations with great bravery, and has been able to handle a roller-coaster life with talent, without suffering deeply from any loss. She was not very confident about being a superheroine, but was determined to be all she could be, and was prone to overcompensating her uncertainty by acting in a flamboyant, spunky (but rarely stupid) way. She’s a motormouth, has an opinion on everything and talks to herself a great deal.

DC Universe History

DC’s noble and good-looking alien warrior is Superman, and can quite easily subbed for Mar-vell. Another close point is that Danvers is pretty much a tougher, more skilled Lois (they share similar backgrounds and interests, and a job as a journalist). Thus, in the DCU, Miss Marvel would be Lois Lane, and the explosion of the psyche-magnitron would have given her a part-Kryptonian genetic heritage.

This make it much more easier for Lois and Clark to have a kid, and during her Binary stage she would actually be close to Superman’s power level.

Another approach outside the Superman mythos would be for Ms. Marvel to be an independent heroine and a friend of Vixen, who thus became involved in the JLA during Vixen’s tenure. She left when Vibe, Steel and the others died. Her powers came from a freak Dominator experiment ; when exposed to the Gene Bomb, she evolved to her Binary state but lost her memories, and joined the Ravers.


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Miss Marvel I

Dex: 07 Str: 12 Bod: 10 Motivation: Thrill
Int: 06 Wil: 07 Min: 06 Occupation: Adventurer
Inf: 06 Aur: 05 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 006
Init: 028 HP: 050

Powers:
Acuity: 08, Enhanced initiative*: 07, Flight: 07

Bonuses and Limitations:
Acuity is a Seriously Marginal Power (-2).

Skills:
Artist (actor, writer)*: 06, Charisma (interrogation)*: 06, Detective*: 06, Evasion (Aerial only): 08, Gadgetry (identify gadget): 04, Martial artist*: 07, Medicine (first aid): 04, Military science*: 06, Thief*: 07, Vehicles (air, space): 09, Vehicles (land, sea)*: 07, Weaponry (firearms, kree weapons)*: 07

Advantages:
Insta-change, Language (Kree), Lightning Reflexes, Security clearance (Low).

Connections:
CIA (Low), Logan (Low), Captain Mar-vell (High), Nick Fury (Low).

Drawbacks:
MIA to Thrill, MIA to Feminism, Secret ID.


Carol Danvers

The human stats for Carol Danvers are DEX 06, STR 03, BOD 04, no Powers and half HPs.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Captain Mar-vell comics (Marvel Universe).

Helper(s): Ryan Jones, Chris Cottingham. This writeup is heavily based on and quotes http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Portal/2001/mainpage.htm (defunct).

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