Captain Marvel’s Origin Story Will Be Changed in the Film

By August 11, 2016

It will have only taken twenty-one films by the time it hits theatres, but 2019 will finally see the release of Marvel’s first female-led standalone superhero movie in Captain Marvel, which was just recently confirmed to be starring Brie Larson as the lead star. Not only will it be a long time coming for the studio, but it’ll also shine a spotlight on one of Marvel’s most unique and compelling heroines, and will hopefully introduce a large number of moviegoers and casual fans to the character for the first time as well.

In terms of female writers in Hollywood right now too, you couldn’t have asked for a much better pair to be writing the Captain Marvel movie than Meg LeFauve, writer of Inside Out, and Nicole Perlman, who wrote the first draft of Guardians of the Galaxy before James Gunn came on board.

While recently appearing on the Any Time with Vin Forte podcast, Perlman talked about what it’s been like to write the film and the responsibility she feels to make sure Marvel’s first female led superhero film is a remarkable one:

“I don’t think I’ve ever had a project where I’ve been more mindful about the impact that it could have and the importance of it. She’s such an incredibly kick-ass character and Kelly Sue DeConnick did a great run with her story arc recently.”

The screenwriter went on to reveal also though, that Carol Danvers’ origin story will be changed in the film from what it is in the comics, apparently in an attempt to avoid comparisons to another galactic superhero from DC:

“But here’s the thing, if you were just going to do a straight adaptation of the comics, her origin story is very similar to Green Lantern. And obviously, that’s not what we want to do. There’s a lot of reinvention that needs to happen. And also, she’s her own person and she’s a great character. We have to be aware of what’s happened in other Marvel film and makes sure that her particular storyline is unique and fun and also fits in within this world that’s going on at the same time. It’s a little bit of an interesting story gauntlet. It’s been good to have a partner. It’s been an incredible experience. If we can pull it off it could be an incredibly important but also really fun and kick-ass superhero film.”

Based on Perlman’s comments here, I wouldn’t be surprised if the film cuts out Captain Mar-Vell’s role in Carol’s origin story, the person who is responsible for giving Carol her powers originally. I imagine it’ll be much more accidental than anything else, though I am excited to see if they keep her Air Force background in the film or not.

I’m also gonna go ahead and echo Perlman’s statements here, and say you should go read that series from Kelly Sue DeConnick if you haven’t already because it’s pretty damn spectacular. Captain Marvel herself is reading it right now after all, what more reason could you need?

Captain Marvel is set to hit theatres on March 8th, 2019.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • Sven-Marcus Björklund

    Marvel Studios sure hate Rick Jones, don’t they?

  • All Patriot

    I still think there’s more girl power in her old costume and title. I hope the movie studios can render the costume better than the comic book. I say this despite her wearing my three favorite colors.