This post is part 4 of a 4 part series on Kamala Khan’s Ms. Marvel.

Part 1: Who is Kamala Khan?
Part 2: How Does a Kamala Khan TV Series Tie Into Marvel’s Cinematic Universe?
Part 3: Kamala Khan Casting Rumors
Part 4: The Difference Between Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel Explained

The MCU you is about to get a jab, hook combo to the jaw that we know as Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel. We’re hearing new rumors of an inevitable Kamala Khan Ms. Marvel TV series any day now. and the Captain Marvel film is already slated for release on July 6th, 2018 (See who we think could be cast as Kamala Khan here, and Carol Danvers here).

Difference Between Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel

Fans on Twitter are asking, “What’s the difference between Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel?” So, as long as we’re all aboard the hype train, we thought we’d clear the confusion over where both Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel fit into the comic book universe and the MCU. It all starts with a 3rd character, called Mar-Vell.

Mar-vellMar-Vell Original Captain Marvel

The original Captain Marvel was actually called Captain Mar-Vell. Mar-Vell is a white-skinned minority group of the Kree. (Remember those guys?) His story is similar to Superman’s. A super powered being struggling with the identity of being an alien but also being compassionate for people of Earth. Like Superman, Mar-Vell is powered by the energy of Earth’s sun which gives him superhuman strength, the ability to project photon energy blasts, and flight.

On Earth, Mar-Vell operated on an Air Force base alongside Carol Danvers. In one series, Danvers was captured by Mar-Vell’s arch villain Yon-Rogg. In an effort to save Danvers, Mar-Vell inadvertently triggers a Kree bomb that would give Danvers the superhuman powers she would use to become the first Ms. Marvel.

Captain Marvel – Carol DanversCaptain Marvel Carol Davers

Today, the Captain Marvel in the comics is Carol Danvers. She adventured alongside Mar-Vell for a time as the first Ms. Marvell. Then, after the death of Mar-Vell, she took on the mantel and upgraded the “Ms”. to “Captain”.

As far as origins go, Danvers quickly rose through the ranks as an Air Force pilot. She was exposed to radiation from a Kree bomb which gave her superhuman strength, durability, and flight. Throughout the 2000’s she’s been THE Captain Marvel in the comic book universe. In the comics, Danvers is a leading member of the Avengers, and it’s highly likely we’ll see her back on the team in the MCU.

Ms. Marvel – Kamala KhanKamala Khan Ms. Marvel

If you want the full story on Kamala Khan, check out our recap of here origin story here. Basically, Kamala is a teenager living in the world of Marvel Comics. Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) is her idol, she wan’t to be just like her. So, when Kamala gets her own powers, she naturally adopts the name Ms. Marvel as an homage to Carol Danvers former role.

Kamala has the power to stretch, grow and even transform her body. She can shrink to the size of a big, grow to fill and entire room, or transform into her favorite superhero. Which she likes to do from time to time. In the comics we see Kamala Khan fight alongside Carol Danvers, and even join a new avengers team of her own.

Shazam! – Billy Baston (DC Comics)

Finally, it’s worth mentioning that first time a we had a super hero with the name Captain Marvel it was on the DC side. Billy Baston was the first Captain Marvel in the 1960’s. But, when Marvel Comics earned the rights to ownership of the word “Marvel”, DC had to change the name. Eventually, Captain Marvel became DC’s Shazam, which explains why the two heroes have kept virtually the same logo all these years later.

This post is part 4 of a 4 part series on Kamala Khan’s Ms. Marvel.

Part 1: Who is Kamala Khan?
Part 2: How Does a Kamala Khan TV Series Tie Into Marvel’s Cinematic Universe?
Part 3: Kamala Khan Casting Rumors
Part 4: The Difference Between Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel Explained

 

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