Screenwriter says the MCU will change Captain Marvel's origin story because of Green Lantern

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Aug 11, 2016

I think it's a safe bet to say interest in Captain Marvel has skyrocketed ever since Marvel confirmed Oscar winner Brie Larson was joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the role of Carol Danvers. But a recent comment from screenwriter Nicole Perlman hints that the character's origin story will be altered for the MCU.

Even though the character’s first solo adventure won't blast across the big screen until March 8, 2019, it’s widely expected that Captain Marvel will first be introduced in another Marvel film before headlining her standalone movie (which will be the first female-led superhero film from Marvel Studios). In fact, the Russo Brothers recently accidentally confirmed that we'll see the character in Avengers: Infinity War, which is set to film early next year for a May 2018 premiere.

Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy), who is co-writing the screenplay with Meg LeFauve (Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur), recently sat down for the Any Time With Vin Forte Podcast, where she spoke about how the MCU will tackle the character’s origin story. See, Captain Marvel and DC Comics superhero Green Lantern share a somewhat similar origin story in that both Carol Danvers and Hal Jordan were imbued with cosmic powers by an alien being.

Here’s what Nicole Perlman had to say:

“I don’t think I’ve ever had a project where I’ve been more mindful about the impact that it could have and the importance of it. She’s such an incredibly kick-ass character and Kelly Sue DeConnick did a great run with her story arc recently. But here’s the thing, if you were just going to do a straight adaptation of the comics, her origin story is very similar to Green Lantern. And obviously, that’s not what we want to do. There’s a lot of reinvention that needs to happen. And also, she’s her own person and she’s a great character. We have to be aware of what’s happened in other Marvel film and makes sure that her particular storyline is unique and fun and also fits in within this world that’s going on at the same time. It’s a little bit of an interesting story gauntlet. It’s been good to have a partner. It’s been an incredible experience. If we can pull it off it could be an incredibly important but also really fun and kick-ass superhero film.”

A United States Air Force pilot (just like Hal Jordan) Carol Danvers acquired her superpowers when she was caught in the explosion of a Kree machine with the first Captain Marvel, a Kree warrior named (ahem) Mar-Vell, causing her DNA to merge with him. Jordan received his Power Ring from a dying alien and became an officer of the Green Lantern Corps. Both characters have nearly unlimited powers.

Now, the million-dollar question is: How many changes will be made to Carol Danvers’ origin story for the MCU? Will the Kree (who were introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy and also appeared on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Mar-Vell still factor in in the way Danvers becomes Captain Marvel? What do you guys think?

(via Comic Book Movie)

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