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How the Tomb Raider reboot influenced the Captain Marvel movie

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Mar 2, 2018

Tomb Raider returns to the silver screen in two weeks with Alicia Vikander in the lead role of Lara Croft this time, but the iconic raider of tombs is now a raider of other franchises too. Geneva Robertson-Dworet helped write the screenplay for the upcoming reboot with Alastair Siddons, but she also penned the screenplay for next year's Captain Marvel film, starring Brie Larson as Captain Carol Danvers.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Robertson-Dworet said that her script for Captain Marvel was directly influenced by her experience on Tomb Raider. Originally, she was asked to write an action-comedy and made Lara, in her own words, "very sassy." However, Vikander had a more dramatic movie in mind, which led to several rewrites on the part of Robertson-Dworet and Siddons.

Now left with a proverbial sack of comedic content on her hands, Geneva was now able to incorporate the unused material in her Captain Marvel script. It should be noted she began working on Raider in 2015 before she was tapped by Marvel Studios, which didn't announce its project until San Diego Comic Con 2016.

Captain Marvel has a very funny voice, and it’s more of an action-comedy, more like what we were talking about doing in the first draft I wrote for Tomb Raider…. [but] that tone survived in Captain Marvel. I love funny female characters, so as Tomb Raider got more serious, I got even more committed to the idea of Captain Marvel ;being hilarious.”

Despite all her funny contributions to the screenplay, Robertson-Dworet cites precedent, calling Danvers one of the funniest characters within the pages of Marvel Comics. "She's so sassy, she’s such a smartass, she won’t take s*** from anyone, and the comic books do an amazing job at capturing that voice, and it was important that the entire Captain Marvel creative team [kept to that],” she stated.

Wonder Woman did come out while the screenplay was still being written, so she wanted to make sure they weren't re-treading old territory, wanting to show "all facets of what women are capable of.”

Tomb Raider opens in theaters Mar. 16, while Captain Marvel doesn't arrive until Mar. 8, 2019.