Carol Danvers is a character who was created in 1968. She hasn't always been in the limelight but during recent years that has seemed to change. With the character appearing in animation, video games as well as having a movie coming out next year. Why a workshop considering all of this? Cause the characters reception in the source material is rather poor and I'd like to share my thoughts on how to fix that.
Carol has gone from various costumed hero names from inception there was Miss Marvel who later became Binary then War Bird then Miss Marvel again. Then took up the name Captain Marvel after her long passed friend Mar-Vell a Kree soldier she got her powers from. In the Marvel Universe, there has been a couple Captain Marvels and I think that's a problem right there with a simple fix.
Fix - Hear me out cause this might be controversial. My biggest change to Carol would be I'd keep her Miss Marvel alias reference it from time to time but I'd retcon her to have been the only official superhero who went by the name Captain Marvel in the Marvel Universe. Her inspiration for the name would be the Kree soldier Mar-Vell who was a captain of the Kree Empire. So it would be more of a wordplay. Mar-Vell would have only ever been Captain Mar-Vell while Carol out of admiration became Captain Marvel. I'd make Warbird the name of her favorite fighter jet or something.
I have no problems with Carol's superpowers they're pretty awesome I personally think.
list include. Blast Power, Cosmic Awareness, Danger Sense, Energy Absorption, Energy-Enhanced Strikes, Flight, Invulnerability, Levitation, Stamina, Super Speed, Super Strength, Binary transformation. I'd probably just play up what The Supreme Intelligence said in her early series.
Every good hero needs a good rogue gallery and to build a better Carol Danvers I think a lot of her villains good be tinkered with such as Doomsdayman, Death-Bird, The Brood, and Moonstone let her face off against characters in the marvel universe that connect with her like Ronan, Super Skrull, and Count Nefaria (Energy Absorber vs Energy Vampire, honestly put him in the sequel.)
Have epic stories for the character, I'm not talking about drag her book through a Marvel event, but create a Capt. Marvel event story. Her movies involving the Kree/Skrull war why not do an event like that involving the Kree, Skrulls and even Shiar. Hell, with the next point imagine a Kree/Asgard war.
Give her some awesome team-ups while you are at it how about a Jane Foster/Carol Danvers team up. A Phylla-Vell/Carol Danvers team up. Doctor Strange, Monica Rambeau, Gladiator, Black Bolt, Black Panther, etc.
Stop having her try to prove herself. She's a superhero she's been one for 40 years and certainly quite some time in the Marvel universe. Before being a superhero she was in the army as a pilot, she has inspired characters such as the current Miss Marvel she doesn't have to prove herself as a hero. At least don't be way too aggressive about showcasing to where it becomes a character fault. (CW II)
Now that's out of my system more pop culture references please.
The most important thing here. Carol needs to have a creative team that understands what kind of stories could capture an audience as well as an editor that can guide that team there if need be. It really doesn't matter who the team is as long as they can get the job done.
But given I've put my input in this far I'll continue by giving some suggestions on who I'd like to see.
Chris Claremont - could be a fun nostalgic fit given his work on Mar-Vell
Jonathan Hickman - has a huge fan following as well as a good track record when it comes to science fiction based stories. Which would fit perfectly with Carol.
Kelly Sue DeConnick - Responsible for Carol becoming Carol Danvers in the first place as well as having a pretty awesome series, to begin with.
Artist Suggestion: Sana Takeda