If you’ve seen one Marvel origin story, then you’ve pretty much seen them all in the MCU. While Iron Man was a breath of fresh air a decade ago, the Marvel Cinematic Universe kept going back to the well with similar origin stories that almost always ended with the hero fighting a villain with the same powers and abilities. Even Black Panther’s showdown with Killmonger followed that tradition. But according to one Marvel producer, Captain Marvel is going to break the trend.
While speaking to CinemaBlend, producer Nate Moore acknowledged that “there is a structure to origin films that audiences sometimes can get ahead of very quickly. So, if we do origin films, internally, we talk about how we can subvert that structure. For instance, Captain Marvel is an origin movie in that you haven't seen her before, but we think we've stumbled upon a structure there that isn't the traditional structure of what origin movies typically are.”
“As we introduce new characters moving forward, we want to find ways to subvert that structure, so at least the experience of the film feels new to audiences,” added Moore. “We're very conscious of making sure that audiences don't get things that feel like they've seen them before.”
Moore indicated that Captain Marvel’s ‘90s setting will contribute to its new take on the MCU origin story.
“I think the way the film opens is much different than an origin movie,” offered Moore. “Because she is a heroine that you haven't seen before, we're able to tell this story structurally in a way that will feel unexpected and hopefully will keep audiences off balance. Still balanced enough that they can enjoy the film, but even just making it a period film is sort of interesting in that it's not just a function of the world as we know it in the MCU today.”
The MCU has already hinted at Captain Marvel’s presence, and it should be interesting to see if Ant-Man and the Wasp will feature a glimpse of Brie Larson’s new heroine before Captain Marvel opens in theaters on March 8, 2019.