Mari-Ell was a pink-skinned Kree raised on Hala, shaped by her people's constant state of war. She was a champion for the Kree at a very young age, becoming the youngest captain in the Elite Guard. As part of the Kree's war efforts, Mari-Ell was personally appointed by Empress Pam'a on a mission to assimilate with the humans of Earth, and give birth to a Kree/human hybrid. To this end, she was given the Amulet of Pam'a, a cloaking device that would allow Mari-Ell to hide her identity.
When Mari-Ell arrived on Earth, she was blown off target and landed in the waters of Boston, Massachusetts. She was rescued from drowning by Joe Danvers, a local boater. Mari-Ell fell for Joe's kindness, and assumed the identity of "Marie" to date him, originally intending to use him only for her cover. Marie eventually decided to reveal her true nature to Joe, and he convinced her to remain together. Marie became mother to two sons Joe had had with his previous, late wife, Joe Jr. and Stevie. Marie and Joe married after she became pregnant with a child, having become fond of the peaceful life on Earth. The baby was born afterwards, named Carol, adapted from the Kree name Car-Ell. To consolidate her new life on Earth, Marie turned off a Kree tracking device she carried, cutting her off from the Kree.
Marie decided to raise Carol by the values she hadn't been taught, namely to use her heart and not her fists. However, she also kept her ties to the Kree in secret and did everything to keep Carol's eyes on Earth, which wasn't easy due to Carol's devotion to become an astronaut. As the years went by, Joe became increasingly apprehensive about possible retribution from the Kree for Marie's desertion, causing him to grow abusive. Marie would often ignore the confrontational relationship between Joe and Carol. When Joe could only afford to send one of his kids to college, he chose Stevie. Steve instead enlisted in the military and was killed in action. Steve's death devastated the family, causing Joe to drink heavily.
When Carol was an adult, she became the super hero Ms. Marvel after an accident with a Kree device called the Psyche-Magnitron awakened her latent superhuman powers, but she remained unaware of her origins. When Carol came to visit her parents with her friend Michael Barnett, Joe was attacked by Steeplejack. Carol saved him as Ms. Marvel, but he was embarrassed about it. Marie saw through her daughter's disguise and asked her not to judge her father. Carol later went back to live with her mother after her outburst as Warbird. Iron Man came to visit to check up on her and Marie escorted him to her room.
The Danvers later moved to Bar Harbor, Maine where Joe was diagnosed with lung cancer and the disease spread so rapidly that he needed a respirator to breathe. Carol returned to visit her dying father, hoping to make peace with him but wound up arguing with Marie over not visiting them in years. The two reconciled their differences and she hugged her daughter before she left. Joe died not long afterward.
Carol returned to her family's summer home in Harpswell and she stayed with them for months after Joe Jr. had a severe car accident. While looking through her father's belongings, Carol discovered the Kree tracker and accidentally turned it on. The device sent out a signal that awakened a Kree Kleaner. The Kleaner arrived on Earth to executed Mari-Ell for treason. When the soldier confronted Marie, she saw herself forced to reveal her true nature to Carol. Marie and Carol's combined forces managed to wound the Kleaner, giving Marie enough time to explain everything to her children. Carol and Marie fought the Kleaner together again when it resurfaced shortly afterwards, and Marie was fatally injured blocking a spear meant for Carol. The Kleaner discorporated after completing her mission, and Carol took Marie to the Moon, where she gave her the Amulet of Pam'a. Afterwards, Marie asked to be taken to Harpswell's lighthouse, and she died in Carol's arms.
- Photonic Blasts
- Skilled Hand-to-Hand Combatant
- Although Mari-Ell wore the captain uniform as a child her latest suit resembled that of Mahr Vehl from Earth-1610.
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