Read This Before You See ‘Captain Marvel’

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Not a comic book fan but still want to enjoy Captain Marvel? We’ve got you covered! Here’s what you need to know about the superhero before heading to the movie theater on March 8!

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Meet Carol Danvers

Captain Marvel is Carol Danvers, a human Air Force pilot who ends up accidentally gaining the powers of Mar-Vell, a Kree alien. With his genetics wreaking havoc on her human genome, Carol ends up half-human and half-Kree–and with more superpowers than any other hero in the MCU!

What’s in a Name?

From her debut in 1968 until 2012, Carol was known as Ms. Marvel. She only received her “promotion” to captain recently. The Kree superhero Mar-Vell was the original Captain Marvel. Currently, Kamala Khan holds the title of Ms. Marvel and is the studio’s first and only Muslim superhero.

Team-Ups

Captain Marvel has worked with many of well-known comic book squads, including the Avengers, the X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy, and SHIELD. We know that she’ll be helping out the Avengers in End Game–and, more than likely, saving the day with her awesome powers.

The character almost became part of Jessica Jones on Netflix, too. She was originally set to appear as Jessica’s best friend and ally. However, once Marvel decided to move forward with the Captain Marvel feature film, the character was replaced with Trish Walker, AKA Hellcat.

Superpowers

What are those powers, you ask? For one thing, she can fly–and not just in an airplane. She can break the sound barrier with her super-powered flight. She’s also extremely strong and difficult to damage.

And, as if that wasn’t enough, Captain Marvel can also absorb and project energy and has some psychic abilities.

About That Cat…

You might have noticed that Captain Marvel’s cat got a character poster as part of the marketing for the film. Goose is much more than a cat. In fact, he’s a scene-stealing, adorably fuzzy alien that just happens to look like an adorable orange tabby.

In the comics, her cat was named Chewie after Chewbacca. The filmmakers decided to change the name from a Star Wars reference to a Top Gun reference.

Rotten Tomatoes Rule Change

Because of the outpouring of negative comments about Captain Marvel on Rotten Tomatoes, the site decided to change its rules. They hope that this change will prevent disgruntled fans (and coordinated trolls) from damaging a movie’s reputation before it premieres.

Obviously, no one can review the movie yet because it hasn’t come out! Instead, a small but vocal community of (mostly male) comics fans have bombarded the review site with negative comments in order to drive down the all-important Tomatometer percentage.

It looks like “vanquishing internet trolls” is just another one of Captain Marvel’s superpowers.