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Captain Marvel's Origin Story, Powers & Movie Changes Explained

Captain Marvel Comics Powers

Captain Marvel's Powers In The Comics

The history of Carol Danvers’ power set is a convoluted one. Danvers was initially exposed to a Kree machine (that turns imagination into reality) named a 'Psyche-Magnitron' during a fight between Mar-Vell and Yon-Rogg. Due to her proximity to Mar-Vell (who saved her from the machine exploding), she was imbued with half-Kree DNA. This allows her increased strength, durability and flight, with her Kree physiology also allowing her immunity to toxins and poisons.

Carol was later subjected to experimentation by insectoid alien race called the Brood, who gifted her new cosmic powers - after which she took up the mantle of Binary. She drew these abilities from her connection to a "White Hole," and they included manipulation of energy (including gravity itself), and the ability to survive in the vacuum of space. However, these powers only lasted for a short while before the connection to the White Hole was severed. Carol held on to a semblance of these powers, allowing her to absorb energy and shoot it from her hands in photonic form.

Changes to Captain Marvel’s Powers in the MCU

Captain Marvel Binary Powers

Captain Marvel's movie powers are in a very similar area to her powers in the comics. To begin with, they're are dampened by a Kree inhibitor chip, but eventually she overpowers that and develops the ability to go Binary.

Carol's primary ability is photon blasts, which she uses throughout, in addition to increased strength. After going Binary, these powers are increased to an astronomical level and she gains the power of flight. Given her abilities come from the Tesseract, it's likely she has similar energy abilities beyond what's shown in the film.

More: Captain Marvel’s End-Credits Scenes Explained

Key Release Dates
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
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