Thanos is only beaten because he allows himself to be, and he only allows himself to be beaten because, in spite of his ambition to attain ultimate power, he sub-consciously knows that he's not worthy of it.
~ Adam Warlock
CAPTAIN MARVEL Writer Says Origin Story Will Be Changed Due To GREEN LANTERN Similarities
Captain Marvel screenwriter Nicole Perlman was on the Any Time With Vin Forte Podcast and discussed her time in Marvel's Writers Program and current work developing Carol Danvers' MCU origin.
Thanks to the r/Marvel Studios subreddit, a recent podcast that hosted Nicole Perman, one of the co-writers of the Captain Marvel script (along with Meg LeFauve) has been spreading like wildfire across social media (truly, there's no hiding on the internet). Perlman actually started out at Marvel in their Writer's Program and wrote the first draft of Guardians of the Galaxy, which underwent an expansive rewrite after James Gunn was hired. Though she maintain a co-writer credit on that film, Gunn has previously gone on record as stating that he pretty much reworked all of the characters and most of the story and pretty much maintains that he's the sole writer of the film that made it to theater screens. But unless history repeats itself and Marvel hires another writer-director for Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers' origin film will be the undisputed work of a woman (or women if we're being particular).
As for her guest spot on the podcast, Perlman disclosed that how Danvers acquires her abilities will differ from the "Kree radiation" origin of the '60s. Caught in a blast from an exploding Kree machine, the Kree warrior Mar-Vell saves Danvers' life by shielding her with his body only for the subsequent radiation to transfuse his Kree physiology into Danvers, giving her his superhuman abilities. In short, an alien comes to Earth and through extenuating circumstances, passes his abilities on to an unassuming human. At face value, that's pretty similar to the origin story for Green Lantern Hal Jordan. According to Perlman that's something that will need to be tweaked for the Captain Marvel film.
"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. 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 Marvel Studios' previous work, it's probably safe to say that every comic book fan expected the origin to be changed, the question now is to what degree? What do you think is the best way to tweak Carol Danvers' origin? Should they skip Mar-Vell's introduction altogether? Let us know your opinions in the comment section below.
Captain Marvel will arrive in North American theaters on March 8, 2019.
Never once thought of GL when it came to Ms./Captain Marvel's origin. It bugs me that Mar-Vell will probably never get into the MCU.
'Captain Marvel' Director Search Narrows (Exclusive)
Captain Marvel is slowly zeroing in on a director.
Niki Caro, Lesli Linka Glatter and Lorene Scafaria are on the shortlist for the highly coveted job of helming Marvel Studio's first female-centric superhero movie, several sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
A decision won't be made anytime soon as Marvel is being very deliberate in its search, according to sources. The movie has a release date of March 8, 2019.
Sources caution that there may be names yet to surface. Marvel had no comment.
Brie Larson is attached to star as Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot who gains powers after her DNA becomes fused with an alien after an accident. Guardians of the Galaxy's Nicole Perlman and Inside Out's Meg LeFauve wrote the script.
Insiders tell THR that the next stage will involve Marvel giving a treatment and documents to the directors in order to prepare a detailed presentation.
The three contenders were whittled from a shortlist of about a handful of contenders, which also included Jennifer Kent, helmer of the indie horror hit The Babadook, and Jennifer Yuh, director of Kung Fu Panda 2. Marvel has made finding a woman to direct the movie key in the search.
The three top choices have diverse backgrounds in film.
Caro broke through with 2002's Whale Rider, the Oscar-nominated generational drama that looked at a young woman trying to break through a male-oriented culture. She followed that up with North Country, a rape drama that starred Charlize Theron. She also directed McFarland, USA and has The Zookeeper’s Wife, starring Jessica Chastain, in the can.
Glatter hails from the television world, a side of the entertainment industry where female directors are better represented than in film. She is the main director on Homeland, the hit spy thriller from Showtime that stars Claire Danes, and is up for the outstanding director in a drama series honor at September's Emmy Awards. Among her numerous helming credits are episodes of Ray Donovan, The Newsroom, True Blood, Mad Men, ER and The West Wing.
Scafaria may seem like the outlier here but actually follows many of Marvel's patterns. She made a name for herself as a writer of quirky material — Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist was her first writing credit — and wrote and made her feature directorial debut with Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, which starred Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. Scafaria also wrote and directed The Meddler, the semi-autobiographical dramedy which starred Rose Byrne and Susan Sarandon that was released by Sony Pictures Classics earlier this year.
Thomas is very popular these days as she is attached to Universal’s highly-anticipated live-action Little Mermaid film starring Chloë Grace Moretz. She previously directed the indie drama Electrick Children which is a film about “a young Mormon girl living in an isolated compound who listens to music for the first time and believes she’s become pregnant and must find the father of her miracle baby.”