The Avengers vs. X-Men war still haunts Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel’s fight just brought her to the edge of the galaxy, where she faces the forgotten fallout of the war between the Avengers and the X-Men.
WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Captain Marvel # 33, available now from Marvel.
The name Captain Marvel carries with it a whole host of purported responsibilities, and no one knows it better than Carol Danvers. Not only has she been carrying the weight of this cloak for years now, but she has seen with her own eyes how heavy it is for all the other heroes to wear it. Worse yet, she’s now battling the most twisted versions of almost any Marvel to date, all of them being held as pawns in a conspiracy born out of the death of the very first of them. Mar-Vell may be long gone, but his secret legacy has only flourished.
Captain Marvel has been locked in a brutal fight against other wonders, all trapped in the same dark mind-altering costumes that Vox Supreme trapped Carol herself in not so long ago. To make matters worse, the small army of overpowered attackers came to make Kamala Khan one of their own, and saving her cost Carol three more allies.
Luckily, Monica Rambeau was able to break control of her costume long enough to give Carol the coordinates of where they were taken, leading Captain Marvel to a once desolate planet far across the cosmos. It’s a world Carol recognizes as the one Mar-Vell last fell into, and it looks like his essence has completely transformed him in a very short time.
2012 Avengers vs. X-Men The event saw the two superhero teams clash over how best to handle the Phoenix Force and then make their way to Earth. While the X-Men hailed the arrival of the Cosmic Raptor, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes were only eager to push it back. Luckily for the Avengers, the Phoenix was taken away from Earth by the resurrection of the original Captain Marvel back on the Kree homeworld, Hala. Only a few problems after his return, Mar-Vell sacrificed himself to redirect the Phoenix force once again, taking him away from Hala and ultimately saving his planet in 2012. Secret avengers # 28 by Rick Remender and Renato Guedes.
As seen shortly after Mar-Vell’s demise, the sterile world his body fell into sprouted its first plant life thanks to the hero’s latent energies. It was a beautiful, hopeful moment when it happened, but now it’s been twisted into something devastating, as seen in the pages of Captain Marvel # 33 by Kelly Thompson, Sergio Davila, Sean Parsons, Jesus Aburtov and Clayton Cowles of VC.
Vox Supreme’s hideout is fairly easy to find, and Carol wastes no time making her way through it to take on the villain. She’s not shocked that Vox Supreme is desecrating what should be a place of reverence, although she is completely taken aback by what exactly Vox is doing there. Not only were Carol’s friends kidnapped, but they were turned into a power source for a machine housing what appear to be the remains of Genis-Vell, the late son of Mar-Vell who was killed after killing himself. revealed to be a threat to the entire universe. At first glance, Genis was resurrected just like his father, and now he’s poised to become the best weapon in Vox Supreme’s already terrifying arsenal.
Losing Mar-Vell the first time was already one of the worst moments in Carol Danvers’ life, and her death the second time wasn’t easier. That Vox Supreme transformed what might have been a truly heartwarming part of that legacy as the start of its own burgeoning empire is a slap in the face at best. At worst, it’s a grim omen for things to come, and at this point it’s hard to imagine it’s not already the latter. With any luck, Carol can put an end to Vox Supreme’s plans, and maybe she can even save the world touched by Mar-Vell’s death in the process.
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