Meet Lizzie Braddock, Captain Carter’s Best Pal
As Lizzie Braddock meets the Captain Britain Corps for the first time in 'Betsy Braddock: Captain Britain' #2, revisit her adventures from 'Captain Carter!'
Thanks to the Multiverse, many versions of the same character exist together in Marvel canon. Their differences with their main Marvel Universe counterparts depend on a lot of factors, but some end up quite close to the original iterations, albeit with a few key distinctions.
One of those heroes is Lizzie Braddock, an alternate version of Betsy Braddock. With Lizzie returning in the pages of BETSY BRADDOCK: CAPTAIN BRITAIN (2023) #2, here’s what you need to know about this variant and her relationship with the Captain Britain Corps.
Lizzie Braddock’s Origins
The original version of Betsy Braddock debuted in CAPTAIN BRITAIN (1976) #8. Created by Chris Claremont and Herb Trimpe, Betsy is a mutant with psychic powers and the sister of Brian Braddock, the original Captain Britain. She later began working for a British intelligence agency called Special Tactical Reserve for International Key Emergencies, AKA S.T.R.I.K.E. Over the years, Betsy has gone by several different codenames, including Psylocke and Captain Britain.
Created by Jamie McKelvie, Marika Cresta, and Erick Arciniega, the Lizzie Braddock version of Betsy debuted in CAPTAIN CARTER (2022) #1. Lizzie hails from Earth-76. In that universe, Peggy Carter received the Super Soldier Serum rather than Steve Rogers and, like him, was frozen in ice at the end of World War II. After she was thawed, Peggy began working with S.T.R.I.K.E. and met Lizzie, who initially served as her liaison.
The broad strokes of Lizzie’s history match those of Betsy. However, there are several key differences. In terms of her powers, Lizzie has telekinetic abilities. Unlike Betsy and other versions of the character, though, she hasn’t shown any other psychic abilities, such as telepathy.
As for her backstory, Lizzie still comes from the aristocratic Braddock family. In this version of the story, her father James Braddock was the Director General of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s British Division, while her brother Brian worked as a S.T.R.I.K.E. agent. During his time as a S.T.R.I.K.E. agent, Brian seems to have encountered Otherworld, a dimension based on the mythical Avalon that is closely associated with the Captain Britain mythos. As on Earth-616, much of Lizzie’s family died in an explosion.
Due to Lizzie’s storied family history, other S.T.R.I.K.E. agents bore some resentment towards her. Still, she repeatedly proved herself to be more than just a nepo baby. In CAPTAIN CARTER, Lizzie helped the titular hero take on Hydra agents attempting to destabilize the country and stopped the corrupt Prime Minister Harry Williams, who was actually a vampire named John Falsworth in disguise.
While attempting to take out Falsworth, who was trying to turn the United Kingdom into an authoritarian state, Carter was detained by S.T.R.I.K.E. With the help of Earth-76’s Tony Stark, AKA Iron Man, Lizzie freed Carter and exposed the truth about Falsworth. Lizzie became the Deputy General Director of S.T.R.I.K.E. in the aftermath of that fight.
Lizzie Meets the Captain Britain Corps
During the events of X OF SWORDS (2020), Betsy Braddock of Earth-616 reformed the Captain Britain Corps, a group made up of versions of the hero from across the Multiverse. Lizzie was not among those on the team, and she remained unaware of its existence.
However, BETSY BRADDOCK: CAPTAIN BRITAIN is about to change that. In the pages of that book, Morgan Le Fay is looking to unseat Betsy as Captain Britain, and she’s set her sights on Lizzie as a potential pliable successor.
To find out what happens when Lizzie Braddock meets the Captain Britain Corps, check out BETSY BRADDOCK: CAPTAIN BRITIAN #2 by Tini Howard and Vasco Georgiev, on sale now!
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