With Captain Marvel #36 ending the “Last of the Marvels” storyline, Marvel’s Binary is gearing up to take center stage in the series. Issue #38 in May will see Binary, the name oft given to Carol Danver’s cosmic form, take over. However, this Binary is not Carol Danvers. The mysterious origins of this new cosmic superhero will be explored in the new arc of the Captain Marvel series.
Who Is Binary?
Binary is the name given to Carol Danver’s super cosmic form. In the ’80s, when the X-Men’s Rogue absorbed Carol’s powers, it left Danvers in a coma. It also makes her powerless. Fast-forward to when Carol awakens, and she suddenly ascends into a new form, Binary. This new form allows her to channel the cosmic energy of a star. It also alters her appearance and physiology to handle the new power.
While Captain Marvel’s original form and powerset eventually returned, the Binary form was still available to her. She would occasionally rely on that power to take on particularly nasty foes. Of course, now the Binary is a separate entity, so who knows how it thinks or operates.
What Led To This New Hero Taking Over For Captain Marvel?
In issue #35 of Captain Marvel, Carol attempted to use her powers to escape a prison. This prison, made by the Kree villain Vox Supreme, caused a weird reaction when Carol’s energy powers touched it. Instead of freeing her, the cage split her into two beings: Carol and Binary.
In previews for issue #38, Carol will suddenly go missing, and Binary will find themselves taking over as Captain Marvel. However, stepping into the shoes of one of Earth’s greatest heroes is no easy feat. As Binary begins this journey to find Carol, they will also begin trying to find themselves.
Kelly Thompson, Juan Frigeri, and Alvario Lopez will team up for this new storyline called “Trials.” Speaking with Marvel, Thompson couldn’t hold back their excitement on tackling this new character.
“Carol Danvers’ time as Binary was one of her most fascinating. While Carol sometimes taps into that power — it’s a name and look that’s been just sitting on the shelf, unused — so we thought, why not have both? There’s no reason we can’t have Captain Marvel and Binary — and with that, the wheels started turning on the creation of this awesome new character. It’s been such a fun ride so far, and there’s so much more in store for her!”
Check out how this all works out when Captain Marvel #38 hits shelves on May 4.