CAPTAIN MARVEL VI: Page 11 of 14


After the war with the X-Men, Carol adopted a new costume. During a fight with the Absorbing Man, she and Captain America got to joking about how, as a colonel, Carol technically outranked him. Steve began to encourage Carol to take another step beyond the costume and actually begin calling herself "Captain Marvel." Carol hesitated about taking the original Captain's name, but Captain America pointed out his real name was "Mar-Vell" and so Carol had technically been using his name for years anyway. Carol finally accepted the role, and assumed the identity as the latest Captain Marvel. [Captain Marvel (7th series) #1]

Following an extended period in the militarized Initiative and later on the run during Osborn's reign, Carol's personal life had suffered. As she rebuilt her circle of friends, Carol reconnected with Jessica Drew, who she had felt close to ever since Spider-Woman rescued her from Rogue after she first lost her powers. With Jessica Jones occupied with her new baby, Carol and Jessica Drew settled into the role of best friends. Carol also reconnected with Tracy Burke, who had contracted cancer and was in dire need of personal support. They maintained a good-natured combative friendship as Carol helped Tracy arrange her doctor visits and deal with day-to-day living while weakened from chemotherapy.

Carol's life took a curious turn after the death of her old friend, Helen Cobb. Helen had been one of Carol's heroes as a kid, a woman pioneer among fighter pilots who broke various flying records and pushed early on for female representation in NASA's astronaut program. One of Helen's biggest regrets was a flight ceiling record she never officially broke because her achievement was dismissed by chauvinistic politics of the day. In her will, she left her old T-6 Texan to Carol, and so Carol decided to recreate Helen's flight and prove the plane could reach the heights Helen claimed.

During the flight, however, Carol was swept up in a series of time jumps, taking her to World War II where the all-female Banshee Squadron fought anachronistic Kree alien weapons held by the Japanese in Peru. From there, she skipped forward in time to join Helen Cobb fighting for seats in the space program for her girls, and soon pulled Helen along to the next stop on her time trip -- the cave where Yon-Rogg's Psyche-Magnetron gave Carol her powers to begin with. Carol realized that the destruction of the Psyche-Magnetron cast pieces of it through space and time, and it was one of those pieces she had been tracing through time in her jumps. Re-experiencing the device's explosion, Helen used the Magnetron radiation to give herself powers like Carol, leading the two of them into an almost-playful dogfighting to see who was the best. By the end of the adventure, Helen had returned to her proper place in time (armed with the knowledge she would one day meet a young Carol), while Carol returned to the present with a piece of the Psyche-Magnetron in her possession. [Captain Marvel (7th series) #2-6]

Carol reconnected with Monica Rambeau (who gave her crap about stealing her name) and Frank Gianelli of WOMEN Magazine out in the Gulf of Mexico. Monica needed Carol's help investigating an airplane-and-ship graveyard in the middle of the water, and they encountered Frank doing an expose on Hurricane Katrina. After battling an A.I. Techno Terror of discarded ships assembled into a giant robot, the Captains Marvel brought the wreckage ashore to use as raw materials to reinforce the fallen levies. [Captain Marvel (7th series) #7-8]

Carol's Avengers team disassembled shortly after the Phoenix war, as Luke Cage and Jessica Jones moved out of the mansion and into civilian life. [New Avengers (2nd series) #31-34] Captain Marvel remained active with the general pool of Avengers members as the team reorganized, though, operating on call for various endeavors. [AVX: Consequences #1, Avengers Assemble Annual #1] When Captain America and Iron Man officially revised the roster to create a bigger "Avengers machine" of operatives, Captain Marvel and Spider-Woman were among their first picks. [Avengers (5th series) #1-3] Carol maintained a leadership role with the Avengers. As the enlarged roster often separated into smaller units for field work, Captain Marvel frequently served as a squad leader for the team in this capacity. [Avengers (5th series) #4, 11]

Beyond adventuring, Carol made another attempt to build a life for herself beyond the Avengers. She got a new apartment, outside of Avengers Tower, and began getting to know her neighbors. Kit Renner was a little girl in her building and a huge fan of Captain Marvel, so Carol deputized her as "Lieutenant Trouble." Carol cared for a confused older woman named Grandma Rose who hung out in the park. She clashed with Virgil Zimmerman, a tenant who opposed the disruptive presence of an Avenger in their building. Carol also met with Frank Gianelli again to join him as a pilot for Michael Air, his non-profit humanitarian air delivery venture out of a Cessna 208 Caravan, and adopted a graduate research student named Wendy Kawasaki as her personal assistant to keep her appointments straight.

However, Carol's growing personal life was interrupted by a diagnosis from Tracy's doctor. After some chronic headaches, Carol was tested and a lesion was detected on her brain. Pressed between the two lobes of her brain in a third lobe of Kree genetic material manufactured by her powers, the lesion was slowly growing and putting pressure on her brain. Accessing that portion of her brain triggered further growth in the lesion, and so Carol's doctor stressed her to avoid strenuous use of it, specifically not to access her flight powers or else risk her health. Although the lesion theoretically would not kill her (due to her Kree genetics and healing abilities), allowing it to migrate further into her brain before being expelled would only regenerate tissue after the mass was metabolized, not data. In other words, should the lesion run its course, Carol would suffer a brain hemorrhage that her body might ultimately survive, but her memories would be wiped again as her brain restored itself.

Captain Marvel did not take well to being grounded, although her friends tried to accommodate her. Wendy even arranged to get a hold of Captain America's old Sky-Cycle, customizing the flying motorcycle for Carol to use in place of flying herself. Unfortunately, Captain Marvel began to face a series of threats seemingly designed to push her into using her powers more, including a reincarnated duplicate of Deathbird, the Grapplers and even time-displaced dinosaurs. The mystery deepened when Helen Cobb's doctor arrived for a consult and revealed Helen had been dying of a similar lesion before she passed. The revelation that Helen had supposedly been suffering hallucinations that shared an eerie semblance to the threats Carol was facing started to connect the dots about the real cause for her problems. [Captain Marvel (7th series) #9-12]

Captain Marvel finally recognized the hand of Yon-Rogg in her troubles. The Kree colonel had survived the destruction of the Psyche-Magnitron all those years ago when Carol first got her powers, but he had been displaced in time and space. His essence had slowly reconstituted itself from fragments of the Psyche-Magnitron scattered throughout history, including the piece Carol brought back with her from World War II which governed her trip and Helen's through time. With the Psyche-Magnitron fragment in her apartment, drawing from her mind, Yon-Rogg was able to manifest the Magnitron's "wishing machine" abilities to draw forth threats from Carol's memories and keepsakes. As Carol fought them off, she agitated the Psyche-Magnitron energies latent in her Kree brain, reinforcing Yon-Rogg's presence on this dimensional plane.



Soon Yon-Rogg was strong enough to begin actively manipulating events. He summoned a cadre of fallen Kree Sentries to construct a Hala star around Captain Marvel in New York City, a magnifying nexus enabling him to amplify the power from her brain to recreate the entire city of Kree-Lar in place of New York. Faced with Yon-Rogg's threat, Carol was forced to sever his link to the Psyche-Magnitron power that existed inside her head. She pushed the limits of her abilities so the lesion in her brain grew out of control. She was successful in destroying the fragment of the Magnitron Yon-Rogg was harnessing, but the damage to her brain once again cost her all of her memories and emotional attachments to them. [The Enemy Within crossover]

Before she could fully recover, Captain Marvel and the Avengers were drawn into the war with the Builders, an immensely powerful and ancient alien fleet dedicated to cutting a swath across the galaxies and destroying the Earth. They teamed with a united front of Kree, Shi'ar, Skrull, Brood, Spartoi and Annihilation Wave forces. The military nature of the operation put Captain Marvel and Captain America at the forefront of the Avengers, even though Carol was still having trouble remembering her friends, much less what they meant to her.

During the Battle of the Corridor, the Builders turned an ambush scenario back on the resistors with a massive cloaked fleet. The Captains operated two space-faring Quincarriers during the battle, but the Avengers were separated during the final push. Carol's ship was caught in the pull of the black hole on the edge of the Corridor as they tried rescuing other ships. As she jettisoned her crew to safety, Carol found herself empowered by the radiation pumping through the event horizon, temporarily restoring her Binary powers and prodding some of her memories to the surface.

Carol Danvers still fell in battle with the Builders, and her team was held captive in the main armada for questioning. The Builders and their Ex Nihilii agents attempted to question Carol, but she gave them nothing but sass. During her interrogation, however, King J’Son of the Spartoi sent a secret communication to the Builders. J’Son was a member of the Galactic War Council and supposed ally of the Avengers, but he offered terms to backstab his alliance to gain favor with the Builders. Carol overheard the Builders as they rejected J’Son’s terms, but thanked him for the back-trace that allowed them to locate his signal. The Builders attacked the united fleet at the Behemoth Ringworld, killing millions of soldiers and refugees alike as they also poisoned planets in their wake, leaving the people nowhere to return to after the war.

Back in confinement, Carol was prepared to go supernova with her lingering Binary power in the hopes of crippling the Builders' ship, but fortunately Spider-Woman and the other Avengers arrived to rescue them in time. Captain Marvel instead led Star Brand in unleashing his power to obliterate the Builders' vessels, and soon the tide of war turned. The Avengers successfully ended the threat of the Builders to the cosmos, then returned home with their allies to remove Thanos and his Black Order from Earth, who had slipped in while the Avengers were otherwise occupied. Captain Marvel and the Avengers achieved major fame and support on and off the planet as a result of the Builders War. [Infinity crossover]

Captain Marvel struggled to readapt to her life in the aftermath of Yon-Rogg and the Builders' attacks. She had to relearn all of her friends and the context they held in her life. She made a pass at Frank Gianelli because she thought the signals she was receiving meant there had been something between them before her injury, but Frank gently turned her down. He felt something for Carol as well, but didn't feel comfortable entering a relationship with her as a recovering amnesiac. They missed their window, essentially, and Carol felt embarrassed and confused by the exchange.

Despite her personal issues, Captain Marvel was more beloved by the public than ever before, receiving the lion's share of credit for saving the city from Yon-Rogg. She even received the Key to the City in a ceremony with Mayor J. Jonah Jameson and, after an off-hand remark about needing a place to live after having to move from her old apartment, the mayor offered to rent her the crown of the Statue of Liberty herself. This fame was enough to draw her detractors as well, such as a petulant self-made businesswoman named Grace Valentine. Grace was bumped from a magazine interview because her cynical world view clashed with the feeling of hope the public wanted, and Captain Marvel inspired. This snub was enough to push Valentine towards outright super-villainy, attacking Carol at the Key ceremony in Times Square. Valentine's plans were fairly ill-conceived, relying on weaponized drones that targeted the symbol on Carol's uniform.  The people of New York stood with Carol, raising the emblem of their hero and declaring "I am Captain Marvel!" to distract the drones from attacking Carol. Inspired by the faith of her fans, Capatin Marvel rallied to once again save the day. [Captain Marvel (7th series) #17]