Captain Marvel's Cosmic Team-Ups
Today's History of Captain Marvel examines Carol's time with Alpha Flight and the Ultimates!
Leading up to the March 8 debut of Marvel Studios' "Captain Marvel", we're taking a look back at the most important moments in Carol Danvers' comic book history.
SECRET WARS changed the Marvel Universe in ways that we're still discovering to this day. The heroes did their best to return the world to a semblance of normalcy after a series of Incursions threatened reality and Doctor Doom managed to cobble together Battleworld from a series of alternate realities.
In an effort to keep the newly restored world safe, the heroes figured out better systems for keeping an eye on threats as laid out in ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS #0. As a result, Carol Danvers herself became the first head of Alpha Flight, the first line of defense against space-borne threats.
But that's not all, Captain Marvel also found herself serving on THE ULTIMATES—a team that attempted to solve enormous problems—and A-Force, a group of badass female heroes trying to help a being called Singularity and stop another by the name of Antimatter.
In the new volume of CAPTAIN MARVEL, by writers Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas with artist Kris Anka, readers saw Danvers take on her new position as the head of a huge operation. Surprising no one in particular, she found herself bored by the minutiae of hammering out a contract for waste management on the space station, but thrilled at the concept of flying out into space and exploring an abandoned Kree space ship!
In the first six issues of that series, Carol came up against the Kree-hating Satori, duplicitous diplomats and spies in her own organization. Along the way, she exhibited that signature brash heroism, outside-the-box thinking. and compassion that got her the job in the first place.
Meanwhile, while working with Blue Marvel, Ms. America, Black Panther, and Spectrum in THE ULTIMATES, Carol helped tackle one of the Universe's most pressing concerns: Galactus. After doing all kinds of ingenious research, the group discovered that the nascent Devourer of Worlds had been in a kind of incubation pod that they found a copy of on an alternate world. With Captain Marvel helping to lay out the plan to him, they turned Galactus from a world eater into...the Lifebringer!
Carol and her team also ventured to Exo-Space to fix the damage done by time travelers where they also encountered Blue Marvel's old enemy Anti-Man. However, the squad found themselves nearly destroyed by the events of CIVIL WAR II, which we'll get into next time!