The comic book industry is one big ball of yarn that just seems to get tangled a lot more often than you can imagine. For people who are not familiar with the origin of their favorite superheroes, may it be from Marvel or DC, I’ll just have you know that it’s a complicated kind of thing. There are indeed a variety of reasons as to why. Often times, arcs are the most common culprit but sometimes, the makers just have to make some adjustments to make a certain comic book survive.
As confusing as it sounds, it doesn’t get any easier than that. Take, for example, Captain Marvel. A lot of questions have been asked why Captain Marvel is a girl in the movie but a guy in the comics. Easily, I could tell you that they aren’t the same people or character, for that matter.
The original Captain Marvel (comic) was created for Fawcett Publications back in 1939 but the premise was different. Its story was about a boy named Billy Batson who for some reason turned into an adult superhero after shouting the word “Shazam”.
Apparently, DC had to sue them because of the character’s likeness to Superman. They were doing good until the lawsuits and soon, sales dropped. Soon after, Fawcett Publications had to close. This is where Stan Lee and Marvel entered the picture. Ultimately, they took possession of the trademark but they weren’t aware, as much as how Captain Marvel was a huge thing, that the only thing they had possession of was the character’s name and nothing else. More so, they had to publish every two years or the trademark would have to go back to Fawcett.
Evidently, they had to change a lot about the whole comic except for the name. This is where it started; Captain Marvel was now an alien, a Kree to be exact. Moreover, he goes by the name Mar-Vell when he landed on Earth. But unfortunately, it was a huge flop. They had to change the versions a lot of times before they hit the jackpot. It was in 1977 that they took Carol Danvers, a mere supporting character, and put her in the spotlight.
First known as Miss Marvel (2 years), her moniker ultimately changed to Captain Marvel in 2012. This is where the current Marvel movie is based off on. As for DC, their acquirement of the original Captain Marvel back in 1973 still lived on. However, because the name did not belong to them any longer, they had to rebrand him as Shazam.
Before its premiere on Women’s Day, let’s watch the Captain Marvel trailer again here: