Captain Marvel Writer Admits Part of ‘Dark Carol’ Costume Makes No Sense

Captain Marvel is smart and powerful, but her dark “evil” costume has a detail that makes absolutely no sense…and her writer knows it.

Marvel’s Captain Marvel is one of the strongest and most powerful heroes in the Marvel Universe, but even she can occasionally come across an enemy she can’t possibly defeat: nonsensical costume design. Carol Danvers, despite holding the Captain Marvel name for only around ten years, has a long history of heroism in the Marvel Universe and as such has worn multiple costumes over the decades. But longtime writer Kelly Thompson recently admitted in an interview that Carol’s “evil” costume has a detail that makes very little sense.

Captain Marvel has a long history of questionable costume choices. As Ms. Marvel, she fought crime in what appeared to be a red/black unitard with an open stomach. She’d later upgrade to an all-black “bathing suit” design with a yellow lightning bolt design (an emblem of sorts which would later be used by Kamala Khan, sans the bathing suit design). She finally adopted the now-classic blue suit with red sash when she became Captain Marvel – but she’s worn other costumes while in the role, including a green Star Force uniform and a “dark” villainous costume used while under the control of the villain Vox Supreme.

In an interview between Kelly Thompson and Lee Garbett, the pair discussed Captain Marvel’s latest evil costume. Specifically, Kelly talks about Carol’s eye makeup under the mask: “I remember one impractical thing on Captain Marvel’s “Dark Carol” design was the dark eyes/under eyes “make-up warpaint” – it makes literally no sense but sometimes you just wanna do something because it’s looks f*g cool. You, me, and our editor Sarah all loved it, despite ourselves, so we kept it.”

Thompson is referring to Carol’s eyeshadow “star” underneath the red visor. Indeed, the suit controlled Carol and not anything underneath – but as the creative team agreed, looks occasionally trump logistics in comics. More than a handful of costumes are hideously impractical fighting outfights, and especially superheroes with capes would have a difficult time fighting crime in the real world. But Carol’s costume, with clean lines and a red/black color scheme, serve the purpose of conveying an “evil” look.

Captain Marvel was powerful enough to shed her evil suit quickly (though it’s slowing making a comeback in recent issues as a form of controlling the other Marvels). As a character, Carol’s complexity is realistic enough to balance the fantastical world of superheroes. Considering her odd history with costume changes in the Silver and Dark Ages of Comics, Captain Marvel has had plenty of worse costumes than her evil suit, “evil” eyeshadow or no.

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Captain Marvel is smart and powerful, but her dark “evil” costume has a detail that makes absolutely no sense…and her writer knows it. Marvel’s Captain Marvel is one of the strongest and most powerful heroes in the Marvel Universe, but even she can occasionally come across an enemy she can’t possibly defeat: nonsensical costume design.…

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