When writer Nicole Perlman first wrote the script for Guardians of the Galaxy (which was re-written and polished by director James Gunn), no one had any idea the comic-book movie would literally explode on the big screen.
And now that she’s penning Marvel’s first female superhero movie, Captain Marvel, how is she approaching her new project?
Perlman sat down with Wired during San Diego Comic-Con, where she revealed that writing the script for Captain Marvel has been an exciting but more daunting task than writing a movie that had a talking raccoon in a team comprised of the biggest idiots in the galaxy (Gamora's words, not mine). Why? Because it’s important for Perlman (who is co-writing the movie with Meg LeFauve) that the film does right not only by female superheroes, but by women in general as well.
“We’ve been talking a lot about archetypes and what we want this movie to be about and just how to write a strong female superhero without making it Superman with boobs. … Meg and I are doing a lot of brainstorming and we’ll catch ourselves and say, ‘Wait a minute, what are we saying [here] about women in power?’ Then we have to say, ‘Why are we getting so hung up on that? We should just tell the best story and build the best character.’ And then we have this constant back-and-forth about how to tell a story that is compelling, entertaining, moving, kick-ass, and fun, and also be aware of what those larger implications might be. It’s a lot more complicated than just writing Guardians.”
While I’m still waiting for my Black Widow movie (I just think she’s a badass character, Avengers: Age of Ultron notwithstanding), I have to admit I’m really eager to see how Perlman and LeFauve will make Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel — a really strong female superhero — translate to the big screen. The movie is set to premiere in 2018, a year after DC and Warner Bros. will have beaten them to the punch with their Wonder Woman flick (another movie I’m actually excited to see), set to be released in 2017.
What do you think of Perlman’s comments about how she and co-writer Meg LeFauve are approaching Captain Marvel?