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The Marvel Studios slate is like a house of cards, according to screenwriter Nicole Perlman, one half of the duo that is responsible for bringing Marvel’s first female lead to the big screen, in 2019’s ‘Captain Marvel’.

As she said:

“Marvel is a little bit of a house of cards in a sense that everything influences everything around it even if it’s very modular. Figuring out where the story fits in the MCU influences things as well.”

That’s not the only complication with bringing this character– also known as Carol Danvers– to the big screen.  As Perlman said, “Meg [LeFauve] and I were hired a long time ago but we didn’t have our marching orders until recently.”

Perlman also contributed to the script for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ a smash hit for Marvel.  But it appears that ‘Captain Marvel’ is a bit more complex than that film.  “[Captain Marvel is] a little bit of a Twister game whereas Guardians [of the Galaxy], is very free, where it’s like the sky is the limit.”

To be honest, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ was something of a surprise hit, considering that it was based on a fairly obscure comic book series that wasn’t a household name at the time.  But it seems there is a lot more riding on ‘Captain Marvel’ which will be Marvel Studios’ first female-lead solo film.

But it seems that Perlman is up to the task.

“She’s an incredible character, but I will also say that since Marvel has done so many movies already, you 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.  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 that’s 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.”

Just how big will that universe remain?  Most of the big names’ contracts are fulfilled– Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth.  Whether they continue to do Marvel movies is up to them.  (Well, and $$$.)  Does that mean we’ll see the departure of Iron Man, Captain America and Thor?  Or will Marvel dare to recast them?  (It worked for Spider-Man and The Hulk.)

At any rate, does that mean there is more room for Captain Marvel now?

At any rate, ‘Captain Marvel’ will zoom onto the big screen on March 8th, 2019… if not before.  (Rumor has it, Brie Larsen will suit up as the character before her own movie, possibly in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’.)

While Warner Brothers granted ‘Wonder Woman’ a female director in Patty Jenkins, Marvel has not assigned the director’s chair to ‘Captain Marvel’ yet, but having two women write the screenplay is one step in that direction.

But should it matter?  Perlman says that, unfortunately, yes:

“I think there’s a tendency to have that back-and-forth conversation of, ‘Should it affect the story at all?’ or ‘Should it affect the writing?  There are certain tropes you can get away [with not] 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 her 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.”

Well… Tony Stark’s drinking problem has been pretty neatly glossed over in the films. Will Carol’s?

There are still several Marvel movies coming our way before this one.  Are you still excited to see ‘Captain Marvel’ on the big screen?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter