This week’s The Life of Captain Marvel #4 from writer Margaret Stohl and artists Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz, and Erica D’Urso adds a new twist to Carol Danvers’ origins as a superhero – and may bring her one step closer to her upcoming big screen counterpart.
Spoilers ahead for The Life of Captain Marvel #4.
In this issue, it’s revealed that Carol Danvers isn’t a human whose DNA was altered to be part Kree – she’s the child of a Kree mother and a human father.
That’s right – Carol’s mom is really Mari-Ell, a Kree warrior who came to Earth and fell in love. That means that the Psyche-Magnitron – the Kree device that gave Carol her powers – didn’t alter her DNA, it merely activated the latent Kree DNA within her.
It’s also revealed Carol’s Kree name is Car-Ell.
In the original version of Carol’s heroic origin, the Psyche-Magnitron spliced her human DNA with Mar-Vell’s Kree DNA, giving her some of his cosmic powers.
This revision to Carol’s origin separates her from Mar-Vell somewhat, perhaps bringing her more in line with the version of the character that will debut in theaters in March.
The Life of Captain Marvel #5, the series’ conclusion, is due out November 21.