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WatchMojo took a deep dive into the history of both Marvels and who's more powerful. Check it below.


Carol Danvers has dawn many heroic codenames over the years. She's been known as Binary and Warbird, but Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel are her most famous monikers. Danvers became Ms. Marvel after she was exposed to Kree technology that altered her DNA, giving her a wide range of abilities from superhuman strength and flight. She eventually garnered energy generation and absorption abilities. Originally when she made her debut in 1968, Danvers was a supporting character to Mar-vell—the original Captain Marvel before her abilities to started to manifest. 

Her history is rich and deep—from having her powers stolen from her by mutant/anti-heroine Rogue to her abilities shifting to becoming one of the most mightiest Avengers. Regardless of her complicated history, with the "Captain Marvel" movie, Marvel's most marvelous heroine is finally getting her due.

Below is the synopsis of "Captain Marvel," per Rotten Tomatoes

The story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

"Captain Marvel" holds a fresh rating of 81 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and the film is eyeing an $150-$160 million opening weekend, at the time of publication, according to Deadline. Brie Larson is literally powerful in the titular character. She's joined by an impressive supporting cast led by Samuel L. Jackson who reprises his iconic role of Nick Fury. NO SPOILERS: but you even find out how he loses his eyes. 

Check out the trailer to the film below, and tell us if you think she's the most marvelous Captain Marvel by voting.


Shazam, originally known as Captain Marvel, is the alter ego of an adolescent boy, Billy Batson. Granted the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, stamina of Atlas, power of Zeus, courage of Achilles and speed of Mercury—he transforms through the magic word “Shazam!” to a super-powered adult.

The story of Captain Marvel goes back to the 1940s. He wasn’t originally a DC character, but Whiz Comics eventually went under and he got snapped up by DC despite years of accusations that he was nothing but a Superman rip-off. Over the years, though, he became distinct from his (sometime) rival, and offers a paragon of heroism who isn’t quite as, ya know, stuffy and proper as the Man of Steel. His name was changed from Captain Marvel to Shazam in the 1970s to avoid confusion with Marvel’s Captain Marvel

Billy and his alter ego have made it to the screen several times, but never before with the budget or special effects of this year’s film. Due out on April 5, “Shazam!” promises to bring a much-needed levity and mirth to DC’s films, which are often criticized for being a bit joyless. Relative newcomer Asher Angel plays troubled foster kid Billy, and a surprisingly buff Zachary Levi (best known as the title role of “Chuck”) plays Shazam. 

Below is the synopsis of "Shazam!," per IMDb.

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson's case, by shouting out one word - SHAZAM! - this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult superhero Shazam.

Watch the trailer below, and tell us if the powerful goofball is the most marvelous Captain Marvel by voting.

Most marvelous superhero movie character: Captain Marvel or Shazam?
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