Captain Marvel Screenwriter Details The Pressure That Comes With Carol


With it's 2019 release date still a ways away, we don't know a whole lot about Marvel Studios' upcoming "Captain Marvel." We do know that it will star Brie Larson in the title role of Carol Danvers, and that it will be written by Nicole Perlman ("Guardians of the Galaxy") and Meg LeFauve ("Inside Out"). We don't even really know when in the Marvel Cinematic Universe the film will take place -- and, it turns out, that's a question the screenwriters had to ask too. In an interview on The Great Big Beautiful Podcast, co-screenwriter Nicole Perlman spoke about the pressure associated with writing "Captain Marvel" and how it differs from working on the first draft of "Guardians of the Galaxy."

"Meg [LeFauve] and I were hired a long time ago but we didn’t have our marching orders until recently," said Perlman, who called Marvel a "little bit of a house of cards" because every decision potentially impacts many other feature films. "Figuring out where the story fits in the MCU influences things as well."

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Perlman also said that making sure Carol's debut is distinct from all the many other Marvel movies is part of their goal. "[Y]ou really have to go out of your way to make sure her story is fresh and doesn’t borrow too heavily from the other films," said Perlman. "She’s an incredibly strong and wonderful hero, but all the Marvel characters are. So you just need to figure out how to bring her to life in a way thats unique to her story but in a way that honors the canon and also gearing out the roles that she needs to play with everything that’s going on in the MCU."

There's also the fact that "Captain Marvel" will be the studio's first solo film to star a female hero. Perlman spoke to that specific pressure, saying that they are trying to find the right balance. "I think theres a tendency to have that back and forth conversation of 'Should it affect the story at all?' or 'Should it affect the writing?' I think that making sure that Captain Marvel is not somebody who is a hero in spite of her femininity is important. She’s a very strong character and her being a woman is part of that strength. I will say that there are certain tropes you can get away without having to examine too much if you’re not writing the first female Marvel Studios lead; that could be read into a lot or that could diminish hero's own proactivity, strength, and independence. There are things you wouldn’t think twice about Iron Man but you would think twice about for Captain Marvel."

Perlman did have one definitive answer: Brie Larson's young age (she'll be 29 when "Captain Marvel" soars onto screens) does not preclude her Carol Danvers from having a respectable career in the Air Force. "I had to consult with the Air Force yesterday and I brought up the age issue and they said that it was not out of the realm of possibility, that somebody could be very accomplished in the Air Force between the age of 28-34 and that you could go very far within that time."

Brie Larson is expected to debut as Captain Marvel in “Avengers: Infinity War,” arriving May 4, 2018, before headlining a solo film, set for release March 8, 2019.

(via MCU Exchange)

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