Screenwriter reveals the challenges of scripting Captain Marvel

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Feb 9, 2017

Writing the script for the first Marvel movie based around a female superhero should be a breeze, right? Sure.

It's been fairly quiet on the Captain Marvel front since Brie Larson was officially announced to play Carol Danvers last July at Comic-Con. But that doesn't mean there isn't activity happening on the film, which is not scheduled to come out until 2019.

Although a director has not been found yet, screenwriters Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) have been tapping away at the script for a while now, and Perlman recently took some time out to talk about bringing Marvel's other Captain to the screen.

Speaking on The Great Big Beautiful Podcast (via Heroic Hollywood), Perlman stressed the idea of making sure that Danvers' gender is integral to the character's journey and the story:

"I think there is 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 her own proactivity, strength and independence. There are things you wouldn’t think twice about for Iron Man but you would think twice about for Captain Marvel."

Perlman also spoke about finding the right tone for the movie and having to be aware of how it fits into the grand scheme of the Marvel Cinematic Universe:

"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. 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."

Captain Marvel was at one point supposed to come out in 2018 but got pushed back a full year -- although it's very likely that Larson will make her debut in the role in next year's Avengers: Infinity War. Perlman said she welcomed the extra time:

"Things get shifted around for reasons that have nothing to do with creative reasons. I think its kind of like 'Oh that’s unfortunate,' but I’m going with the flow and hopefully it will just allow more time for the project to be fantastic."

We hope that's the case, too. Carol Danvers is one of the Marvel Universe's most important characters, and not just because she's one of its leading female superheroes. But the fact that she will be the first woman to lead her own Marvel movie is equally significant, which is why it's also nice at the moment for Perlman and LeFauve to have some space to keep working on the script.

While we expect to start hearing a lot more about this highly anticipated project later this year, Captain Marvel is set to open in theaters on March 8, 2019.