Updated on 16 October, 2021
Captain Marvel is simply the codename of many superheros appearing in comic books produced by Marvel Comics. Many of these incarnations exist within the Marvel Universe, existing either in the main continuity of Marvel Comics or in related media. The majority of these characters were created during the time period known as the Golden Age of comic book collecting. This period is generally regarded as the Silver Age of comic book collecting for many collectors. Captain Marvel was one of the earliest creations of this era.
Many versions of Captain Marvel have appeared over the years, all of them ultimately becoming associated with the character known as Captain Marvel. Some of these have been featured in ongoing series, while others have been featured in limited series and some comics featured a select few and in these instances their appearances were isolated from those of other characters. Among all of the various versions of the Captain Marvel character, one of the most prominent and popular was the Monica Rambeau version. In this article we will examine the background of the original version and how it differs from the modern day Captain Marvel.
The original Captain Marvel was a genetic android known as Mar-vell. He was created by scientist Dr. David Knowlton and was intended to be the perfect human specimen to be the next android leader. The android was intended to be a direct descendant of the original human being placed in the control center of the genetically modified creation known as the Marvel Universe; specifically, the one who would become known as Captain Marvel. In essence, this meant that Mar-vell was to take over the Captain Marvel identity if his efforts were to be successful.
As it turns out, however, the android was actually a female human and this was revealed at the end of the second episode of the television series, the episode "Ultron Unlimited." There was an explanation as to why this was not previously told and this can be briefly summarized. In this instance, the producers of the show decided that it would be more appealing for audiences if the romantic subplot involving the android and the main character of Captain Marvel was left ambiguous. So, instead of including the romantic subplot, they simply omitted it from the conclusion of the episode. This left the impression that the android was intended to be the love interest for Captain Marvel and as such, her introduction into the main cast of the Fantastic Four was significantly different than that of any of the previous Captain Marvel comic book versions. This marked the first time that a female was introduced as a potential love interest for the Fantastic Four.
In the first appearance of Mar-vell, she was called Amina and was the daughter of an unnamed scientist and a woman named Rachel. The android was introduced to the public in the issue #1, where she had been helping to safeguard Earth against supernatural forces when she was suddenly blasted with energy blasts which paralyzed her. This was just after she and Captain Marvel had broken up and she desperately needed someone to care for her who would actually help her while she healed up.
After being revived by the X-Men, the android began to aid the X-Men in many different ways, especially when it came to fighting crime. Eventually, her bio-cellular matrix was stolen by Doctor Doom and given to a mysterious man known as Phosphorescent. Phosphorescent then attempted to duplicate the matrix but the process resulted in the android becoming unstable and she was forced to go into cryogenic sleep for ten years. When she was wakened again, she was transformed into an indestructible force of nature known as Phazon.
The android's history was briefly mentioned in the pages of the first issue of the ongoing Captain Marvel series, where she was revealed to have once been a slave on an planet called Khitai. There she was owned by a snake-like alien called the Scorpio. The snake managed to get the captive android captive and was using her as a test subject for some science experiments. While under his control, she became powerful enough to easily defeat the X-Men and they were able to free her. However, the evil alien escaped from Khitai and she returned to Earth, where she faced off against her fellow super villain, Professor X.
As the years went by, Phyla-vell became the archiving entity that hunted down and obliterated supervises which contained supervising agents known as Mooks. She was also featured in various different aspects of the comic book world. She was married to a Canadian telepath named Neelix (who was an important member of the X-Men). She also became an assistant to Professor X whom she helped with various projects including genetics, space travel and even psychotherapy. Some of her background is touched on in the animated television series, X-Men.