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With more than 7,000 characters found throughout its comics and graphic novels, Marvel is continuing to expand its cinematic universe.

Fictional superhero Carol Danvers was an Air Force pilot, intelligence agent and NASA employee until she acquired her superpowers during an accidental explosion. First known as Ms. Marvel in Roy Thomas’ Marvel Super-Heroes #13 (March 1968), Danvers officially became the backbone of the Avengers in The Avengers #171 (May 1978). She then took on the mantle of Captain Marvel in 2012 in honor of her deceased mentor. Danvers’ new alias was introduced by author Kelly Sue DeConnick. Captain Marvel led to the introduction of the new Ms. Marvel in 2014. She is a Pakastani American teenager from Jersey City, New Jersey.

As the Marvel universe continues to expand, so does the diversity of its characters and audience. Graphic novels in general have grown. There are even tons of graphic novel options for the juvenile audience! Check out some popular authors such as Raina Telgemeier or Dav Pilkey.

Whether you’re team Marvel, DC or somewhere in between, there are countless escapades to jump into when you visit your local library!