Marvel and DC may have a friendly little rivalry going on in both comics and movies, but they do share their similarities, most notably in their characters. They have rich boy heroes with high-tech gadgets at their disposal. They have speedsters, demi-gods based on mythology, powerful sorcerers, and archers. You get the gist. For the characters that have had their cinematic debut in their respective shared universe, their origins stories haven’t changed much, if at all.
But for Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel, which just cast Brie Larson as the title character, it looks like they’re straying away from the comic book’s origin story, and you have the 2011 Green Lantern movie to thank for that. More on the story below.
Captain Marvel co-writer Nicole Perlman stopped by to have a chat with Any Time With Vin Forte podcast (via CBM), where she talked about how she and fellow writer Meg LaFauve are making some adjustments to the character that made her debut in Marvel Super-Heroes #13 (1967):
“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.”
A little backstory on the character: Carol Danvers is an officer in the United States Air Force and Security Chief of a restricted military base, where Danvers meets Dr. Walter Lawson, the human alias of alien Kree hero Captain Marvel. When Lawson protects her from an explosion of a Kree device, she is endowed with the same powers as the Kree alien, and uses her new superhuman abilities to become Ms. Marvel, and later on takes on the name of Captain Marvel.
There is some resemblance to the Green Lantern origins story, and it’s easy to see why Perlman and LaFauve might want to change the story to keep their distance from Green Lantern. Based on Perlman’s comments, it looks like we are going to get something different. Which may be a refreshing take considering origins stories are sometimes predictable because they stick too close to their source material
Captain Marvel has yet to find its director, and we will keep you posted on who gets the gig. The film will hit theaters on March 8, 2019
[Source: Any Time With Vin Forte podcast via CBM]