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How did Marvel Comics get away with naming their female character Captain Marvel when the character was originally male and created originally by DC comics? When I was a kid back in the 50's I used to read the DC Captain Marvel Comics along with the Marvel family characters Mary Marvel and Captain Marvel Junior.  I can remember a Saturday morning children's cinema matinee when they ran a Captain Marvel serial in black and white. Marvel Comics did not create their character until years later.

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Well, you know they just had to make one female. As if Wonder Woman and the other female characters weren't enough. Nobody in this younger generation making these movies respects canon anymore.

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According to Wikipedia Marvel comics gained the trademark in the late sixties.  According to the timeline there has been a number of female Captain Marvels in the history of the series.

Eric

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I believe that the  SHAZAM movie being released soon will feature who I recognise as the original Captain Marvel (i.e. Billy Batson shouts 'Shazam' to change into the legendary super hero. What are they naming him in it?

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Marvel's Captain Marvel had been a male originally and then a female. If you remember the X-Men character Rogue, her superpowers came from permanently absorbing a female Captain Marvel's powers leading to that person (Carol Danvers' death).

When I was a child, the teenager who Bruce Banner saved from the gamma bomb that then turned Banner into the Hulk, was named Rick Jones. He had the nega-bands that when he smacked his wrists together he would trade places with a male Captain Marvel (a Kree supersoldier) and become a superhero.

The original Shazam/Captain Marvel was a copy of Superman by another company that DC eventually obtained the rights to. Superman was originally basically Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars with Earth replacing Mars and Kal-El of Krypton replacing John Carter.

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Thanks for the education on Capt Marvel.  I'm not a comic book guy, so most of these characters' back stories are new to me.  Incidentally,  the movie John Carter sucked, but at least it makes a bit more sense now.  😉

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Yes, John Carter the movie was not very good, but you can see the roots of Superman. Previously, Superman could not fly; he could "leap tall buildings in a single bound" just like John Carter could in the movie and novel.

DC was able to stop the Shazam/Captain Marvel from being published because of Superman copyright infringements. Decades later Marvel came up with their own Captain Marvel in the 60s, totally unrelated to the Shazam one.

Then DC did a semi-crossover with a copy of an alternate universe version of Shazam called Captain Thunder who battled Superman. He was fairly popular and they bought the rights to Shazam and started up that version of Captain Marvel in the 70s.

Now there are two Captain Marvels in the theaters this year.

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Robin, thanks for the updates. The Shazam character is the one that I recognise as being the original Captain Marvel from the comics I can remember as a kid in the 50's. I have watched a number of the Marvel Movies now. What they have been very good at is introducing and intertwining the characters from their comics along with a good dose of humour included. The DC based movies have been a bit slower off the mark doing the same but are catching up gradually developing their characters. The very camp Batman TV series from the 60's was a bit of a joke and let's face it, a bit of a send up of the Batman and Robin characters plus assorted villains like the Joker and the Penguin. Then the big movies started about the Batman with a number of different actors taking on the role. Who could ever forget Michelle Pfeiffer playing a very kinky Cat Woman! When the set of movies were made with Christian Bale in the role, the Batman took on a much more sinister dark side that put more of an edge to the character. It will be interesting to see how the newer DC movies will shape up against the Marvel ones.

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I saw the Bale Batman as trying to make the world less of a cartoon like the final Batman and Robin movie (George Clooney) and trying to explain how he got his skills and where his wonderful toys came from.

I really enjoyed Ben Affleck's Batman, too bad he's retired his character.

The DC Shazam/Captain Marvel looks like they are going back to a very live action cartoon world like Batman Forever and Batman and Robin movies.

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