Captain Marvel: 10 essential Captain Marvel comics to read before her MCU debut

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10. Civil War II

We all know that the catastrophic events of the MCU’s 2016 outing Captain America: Civil War were based on the comic of the same name, but did you know that there was actually a sequel to the source material? Released in 2016, Civil War II saw the birth of an Inhuman known as Ulysses who, upon being exposed to Terrigen Mist, was gifted with the power of foresight and subsequently had a vision of a dystopian future.

This ultimately led to a huge rift in The Avengers as Iron Man, unconvinced that Ulysses’ visions were correct, kidnapped and tortured the Ohio State University student, while Captain Marvel wasn’t so quick to judge – thinking that the team could benefit from Ulysses’ powers as they could allow them to stop events before they happen, ultimately saving the lives of countless people. Of course, this led to an all-out war as the pair fought for supremacy, each one backed up by feuding Avengers, in a bid to do what they thought was right.

While the story itself wasn’t as well-received as its predecessor, it does deserve credit for highlighting Captain Marvel’s strength of character. Though her actions were flawed (judging people based on acts they hadn’t yet, or may never have, committed was a little out there), it still highlights so many of Carol Danvers’ strongest attributes. She didn’t back down and wasn’t afraid to disagree with an Avenger as revered as Iron Man. Moreover, she stuck by her intuition and vowed to fight for the future – even if that meant fighting her own teammates.

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