Carol Danvers is one of my favorite characters. She has always been an influence for me. Although, her main influence wasn’t until 1998 when she became a recovering alcoholic. Then to retake the moniker Ms. Marvel and watch become Captain Marvel. Even though she’s a fictional character to watch someone grow and change means I am growing and changing. As a teacher, I’m lucky becomes I get to see young people grow and change every day.
Who I could be!
“This isn't a question of what I'm not. This is a question of who I could be.” - Ms. Marvel*
Carol Danvers is always trying to be better. As the Security Chief for a restricted Air Force Base she was the best at her job. While there she met Dr. Walter Lawson, the Kree/Human Captain Marvel. Carol in an attempt to save Captain Marvel from a Kree explosion is caught in the blast. Afterwards she is given her superpowers. Over the years she’s been experimented on to become “Binary” for a short time. She has had her powers stolen and changed by the X-man Rogue. Eventually coming back to her Air Force roots she took the name Warbird. Through all this Carol Danvers gives it all up and becomes an alcoholic. With the help of friends and colleagues she works through all her issues and once again fights the good fight as Ms. Marvel. Now Carol guards the Earth from other worldly attacks as Captain Marvel. Carol Danvers strives to be the best of the best.
So what can we learn from Ms. Marvel? To be a Marvel at anything we do but more importantly to always be our best. It is about what we can do. It is about what we can become. We will change, we will grow, and we will become better. So many times our focus should be what we can do in the moment. We have certain qualities that we will never lose but how we express them will change. An artist that paints may one day sculpt. The teacher may become a principal. So definitely it is what we are good at in the moment. Stay in the moment and remember the words of Muhammad Ali, “A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.”
First Appearance: As Carol Danvers, Marvel Super-Heroes, #13, Marvel Comics (March 1968)
First Appearance: As Ms. Marvel, Ms. Marvel, Volume 1 #1, Marvel Comics (January 1977)Gerry Conway
First Appearance: As Binary, Uncanny X-Men #164, Marvel Comics (Dec. 1982) Dave Cockrum
First Appearance: As Warbird, The Avengers, volume 3 #4, Marvel Comics (May 1998) Kurt Busiek & George Perez
First Appearance: As Captain Marvel, Avenging Spider-Man #9, Marvel Comics (July 2012) Kelly Sue DeConnick Creators: (Danvers) Roy Thomas (plot), Gene Colan (art),
* Giant-Size Ms. Marvel, volume 1 #1, 2008