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Published February 22, 2019

Carol Danvers' Biggest Fight with the Skrulls

See Carol survive Secret Invasion, face her past, and join the New Avengers in our latest History of Captain Marvel!

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' comics history.

Last time, we covered the first half of Carol Danvers' MS. MARVEL series that ran from 2006-2010 (written by Brian Reed the whole time)! Focusing solely on her hero career, she sided with the Pro-Registration heroes during CIVIL WAR and helped bring in the unregistered as a member of the Initiative.

When we left off, the heroes of Earth had just started coming to terms with the idea of the Skrull SECRET INVASION, and Iron Man told S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Sum that he though Ms. Marvel was one of the sleeper agents! However, that turned out to be a separate Skrull impersonating Carol. Of course, they only found this out after Danvers' strike force attacked and subdued her to be held by S.H.I.E.L.D.!

 Ms. Marvel (2006) #25

At the same time, Carol still served with the Mighty Avengers who directly responded to the invasion. She was in the Savage Land when the Skrull ship opened up to reveal a number of potentially replaced heroes. During the ensuing fight, Ms. Marvel got Tony Stark somewhere safe so he could deal with the alien virus in his armor's system. On Tony's orders she returned to the States.

Once there, she took on the army of Super-Skrulls that landed in New York alongside other heroes including Nick Fury's Secret Warriors. When Norman Osborn appeared to save the day at the end of SECRET INVASION, he became the head of the Initiative.

Carol didn't have to deal with that directly because she went home to Bar Harbor, Maine to see her dying father and deal with a mother angry at her for never visiting. The whole thing reminded Carol of the fact that she may remember these people, but lacked any kind of emotional attachment to them because of a difficult previous encounter with Rogue.

Secret Invasion (2008) #1

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Though she left without gaining much in the way of family ties, Carol did decide something very important: she needed to take out Norman Osborn. In DARK AVENGERS #1, she denied Osborn's offer to work with him and then joined up with the underground Avengers in NEW AVENGERS #48. Not one to take denial well, Norman immediately replaced Carol Danvers with Karla Sofen, the woman formerly known as Moonstone, on his new team of Avengers.

Osborn also intended to take Ms. Marvel out while she herself snuck around trying to get as much information on him as possible. She went underground to find an enemy by the name of Ghazi. In the process of fighting him, her powers overloaded and she seemed to die. Sofen then took over as the lead in MS. MARVEL starting with issue #38.

With the help of some M.O.D.O.K. babies and her Avengers teammates, Carol returned! However, her ensuing fight with Karla Sofen lead to a great deal of innocents being put in harm's way. Eventually, a strange being known as the Storyteller added Danvers' compassion back into the mix to make her the hero we're all familiar with.

After Norman Osborn's failed SIEGE on Asgard, Steve Rogers took his place as the top cop in America and spearheaded the repeal of the Super Hero Registration Act. From there, she went on a date with Spider-Man, fought Mystique, and met up with the Skrull copy of Captain Mar-Vell. She would also go on to re-enlist with the Avengers and officially change her name to Captain Marvel, but we'll get into that next time!

Get ready for "Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel" on March 8! And stay tuned to Marvel.com for the next History of Captain Marvel!