With the recent film debut of female comic book superhero, “Captain Marvel,” this is the perfect opportunity to shed some light on Carol Danvers and her journey to the big screen.

In the comic book story, Danvers was a pilot in the United States Air Force when we first met her … and she didn’t have any superpowers at all. She also worked as a NASA security officer. In the comics, she was a woman who focused on some important issues for women, like equal pay.

Now you’re probably wondering how Carol got her superpowers. Well see, there was an incident. Carol was caught in an explosion with Mar-Vell, the first Captain Marvel who was a Kree (an alien race). Thankfully she survived. But something was different. Her DNA merged with Mar-Vell’s and she became a superhero.

So what can she do? Captain Marvel can fly faster than the speed of sound. She blasts radiant energy from her fingertips. She has superhuman strength and durability. She can also survive in space and it’s believed that she may be able to resist most toxins and poisons due to her Human/Kree hybrid DNA. Sounds pretty awesome, right? Add all of that to her extensive military training and you have the recipe for one totally boss hero.

The “Captain Marvel” film is set in the 1990s, which is a first for the Marvel cinematic universe. A space war between two alien races breaks out and comes to Earth. Carol Danvers and a small team, plus a cat named Goose, find themselves caught in the middle of it.

In the comics, things played out a little differently. Carol spent some time as Ms. Marvel and later joined the Avengers team. She eventually transitioned into Captain Marvel and that is the superhero that we are going to learn more about with this film. It’s likely that the film will not follow the comic origins too closely, but I’m willing to bet it will be an engaging story either way.

The introduction of this film ushers in a hopeful new era for Marvel films, since it’s the first one to feature a female superhero as the lead. It’s been great to see women represented in comics for so long, so it’s nice to see the transition on the big screen. We have moved up from side-kicks and damsels in distress to main characters and leading women. It’s an exciting change for the many women in comics; fans and creators alike.

Amy Berent and her husband, Jay, are the co-owners of the Pulp 716 comic shops in North Tonawanda and Lockport and she writes a monthly comic book column. She can be reached by email at amy.pulp716@gmail.com.