When it was announced that Spider-Man would finally be making his way to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one of the big promises from Marvel was that they weren’t going to retell his origin. Besides for being one of the most popular characters of all time, we had just seen his origin story play twice in a space of a few years thanks to two different movie versions. But not every character is Spider-Man. Some characters aren’t exactly well known outside of the comic book fanboy/girl crowd, and as such need to have their beginnings explained. Captain Marvel is one such character.
Speaking to Cinemablend, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige revealed that while a character like Black Panther could be introduced while hitting the ground running, the upcoming Captain Marvel movie would be taking a more traditional approach.
“[Black] Panther is not really an origin story, since we saw him already in Civil War. But his standalone certainly introduces you to 99% of his world that you never saw. And Captain Marvel is certainly an origin. It’s an origin story from the start.”
This origin story will be penned by screenwriters Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out). Add to that little nugget the casting of Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, and that equals the sum total of our knowledge about Captain Marvel at this point. And one huge piece of info still missing is who will direct the upcoming movie. A director shortlist previously made the rounds, and of note was that all the filmmakers on there, just like the screenwriters, were all female. And as Feige told IGN, that is rather important.
“I do think it will be not a requirement to make a great version of Captain Marvel, but it’s something we think is important. With all of our movies, we want them to be different, we want them to find the new voices. I think the fun thing is we’re meeting so many great directors that we’ll bring one of them onto Captain Marvel, but we have future things to come [for the others].”
“One of the things that’s interesting is there’s been a lot of versions of Captain Marvel, there’s been a lot of stories of Captain Marvel, and we are now sharing all the source material with the writers who are working on it now, with the filmmakers who we’re meeting with and have been for months. Whether they know a lot about the comics or, more likely, the filmmakers we work with don’t have to be huge fans, they just have to fall in love with it once they are presented with it. It’s amazing to see all of the filmmakers read through it and know, ‘Oh, a female’s writing it now.’ When Kelly Sue DeConnick started on the books, they took on a new thing, and I think that’s why, and I think that’s important.”
Whomever ends up directing the movie, they’re going to have a unique challenge on their hands. In the MCU, Thor and Hulk are undoubtedly the heavy hitters of all the heroes. But this is a Thor that’s not an actual thunder god, like in the comics, and this movie Hulk also doesn’t appear to be limitless in his anger/strength like his comic book counterpart. Now in the comics, Captain Marvel is an immensely powerful character as well as she can absorb and manipulate vasts amounts of energy. And unlike Thor and Hulk, it doesn’t look like she’s getting a power level downgrade.
“What is one of the coolest things about it is she will be by far the most powerful character we’ve ever introduced in the movie. ‘How do you find those limitations? How do you find those vulnerabilities?’ is something that is sort of at the crux of the story that we’re putting together.”
In the comics Captain Marvel (or Ms Marvel, as she was known at the time) was an airforce officer named Carol Danvers who developed special powers after coming into contact with some alien technology. But Perlman had previously indicated though that this story would have to change due to the fact that Captain Marvel’s origin story was way too similar to Green Lantern’s. And while Feige isn’t sharing any details on exactly what changes they will affect for this story, it appears that whatever they are, they are going to have some big ramifications.
“She has — as you know from the comics — an interesting story, and I think we have a very cool and unique way of telling that story. I don’t think it’s leaked yet exactly what we’re doing with her movie or how we’re doing it, but it will be cool. She will prove to be a very important character in our universe for all the movies.”
As Marvel’s first female led superhero, Captain Marvel already had a lot to live up to. But from what Feige is saying, this could be even more of a game changer. If they pull it off, that is. And if they do, it could be Marvel-ous!
Last Updated: October 17, 2016