There are many characters named “Ms. Marvel”, and I guess it can be confusing to people who aren’t experts.
So here’s an orientation (Wikipedia would say “disambiguation”) page for your convenience.
The version of the Ms. Marvel logo used here was done by Yurtigo .
This article is under reconstruction, so some illustrations are missing ATM, that’s normal.
1976-2012 – Carol Danvers as Ms. Marvel
Carol debuted in 1967, but only became the original Ms. Marvel in 1976.
She had her own book for a while, then entered a long series of tribulations. These involved Ms. Danvers adopting new identities such as Binary or Warbird.
We have *extensive* coverage about that, wot goes :
Our exploration of Carol’s biography includes a lot of stuff about history and chronology in the Marvel Universe. So reading this article first is indispensable.
This intro establishes the timeline and some bit of historical context, so we have a solid base to work with.
Carol during her youth as a hotshot USAF pilot – and a spy.
Carol as NASA security chief. This corresponds to her era as Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell of the Kree) supporting cast character.
Carol gains her powers, and works both as a feminist super-heroine and a magazine publisher.
Continues the previous chapter, since two short chapters work better for smartphone readers than a somewhat-too-large one.
This wraps the 1970s with an appendix of sorts – since it’s mostly stats and scenarios for integrating Ms. Marvel with the DCU. Plus quotes.
This is the era during which Ms. Marvel wore the black leotard and the lightning bolt symbol.
Chris Claremont then brings Carol back in Uncanny X-Men, where she becomes the quasi-cosmic Binary because Chris gotta Claremont.
Kurt Busiek then brings Carol back in Iron Man and Avengers, and she adopt a new identity as Binary.
A few more profiles (three or so, maybe ?) remain to be done to cover 2000-2012.
2012+ – Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel
These profiles will appear in our “Captain Marvel” disambiguation page, because there’s a whole lot of characters called Captain Marvel.
1986+ – Sharon Ventura
Sharon Ventura used the Ms. Marvel name during the 1980s and 1990s, though her career was more tragic than successful. She also went by “She-Thing” at points.
Sharon has a Thing character, opposing the Power Broker then joining the Fantastic Four.
Ms. Marvel in Thing form, as a Fantastic Four member.
Ms. Marvel during the 1990s, when Marvel basically throws her away.
2009 – Karla Sofen
The villainous Karla Sofen is better known as Moonstone. But there was a span when, as a member of Norman Osborn’s Dark Avengers, she stole the Ms. Marvel identity.
Moonstone has an entire series of profiles on her own. Listing them here wouldn’t be that helpful since people rarely see her as a “real” Ms. Marvel, so let’s just list the first profile in her series.
2014 – Kamala Khan
The Ms. Marvel was claimed in 2014 by a teenager from New Jersey, Kamala Khan – a lifelong fan of Carol Danvers.
Ms. Khan, launched under the pen of another fan-favourite writer — G. Willow Wilson — was a runaway hit. She gained fans who’d never have otherwise considered that super-hero comics were for them.
Kamala in her earliest career, as she discovers her powers and sets up her Ms. Marvel identity.
Kamala still during her early career, but already more experienced and confident.
For now this series stops with the 2015 Secret War big event – which also ended the then-current Ms. Marvel.
This is a completely separate super-heroic identity. But confusing “Ms. Marvel” and “Marvel Girl” does happen.
One of the founding mothers of the X-Men, Jean Grey went by “Marvel Girl” early on – through she’s also known as the Phoenix. She only has one writeups.org profile because she’s super-pretty and we’re too shy to talk to her.
Jean Grey’s possible daughter from a dystopic future has used the same identities as her mum, including Marvel Girl and Phoenix. We have a series about her – this link goes to her first profile.
This Fawcett Comics, then DC Comics, has been around since 1942. People who don’t know about super-heroes might vaguely confuse her with Ms. Marvel, so let’s mention her.
For now we only have these old notes. Them’s mostly stats we jotted down many years ago.