The Captain Marvel Movie Will Officially Be an Origin Story

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 - 3:08PM
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Captain Marvel
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 - 3:08PM
The Captain Marvel Movie Will Officially Be an Origin Story
With Wonder Woman's 75th Anniversary this year (and her new movie coming out June of next year), fans are looking forward to seeing some more female superheroes kicking ass on the silver screen. Now, thanks to an interview with Kevin Feige, we know a little more about Marvel's big female-led superhero movie, Captain Marvel.

We almost saw Captain Marvel in Age of Ultron last year, but Marvel president Kevin Feige said that they wanted to wait until they had an origin story for her:

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We didn't want to introduce her fully-formed flying in a costume before you got to know who she was and how she came to be.
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Now, in an interview after a short preview of the upcoming Doctor Strange movie, Feige said that origin story is going to be the subject of the upcoming film:

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"Benedict is an amazing actor and totally different than Hemsworth and totally different from Downey. And, we want to stay true to who he was in the books. The metamorphosis of what he goes through is more drastic than Tony [Stark] and that was fun to chart. I guess Black Panther isn't really an origin story since we saw him already in Civil War, but his stand alone certainly introduces you to 99% of his world which you never saw before. And Captain Marvel is certainly an origin story from the start."
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So far no director has been announced for the project, which is set for release in 2019, but actress Brie Larson has been announced as Carol Danvers, the alter-ego of Captain Marvel. Nicole Perlman (who worked on Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) have been chosen as writers for the script.

While we wait for the studio to release more tidbits about what to expect, it's interesting to follow the strange history of Captain Marvel's name and how Carol Danvers inherited it. Marvel's original Captain Marvel was an alien named Mar-Vell (no relation to Kal-El, aka Superman!), but the moniker "Captain Marvel" actually originated from Fawcett Comics, which lost a lawsuit with DC Comics over whether their superhero was a rip-off of Superman. Fawcett lost the suit and decided to abandon comics publishing, but years later, a new company called Marvel came along and decided to trademark the name. By the time Danvers took on the name from Mar-Vell, things had gotten complicated in the comics:

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Carol Danvers has been a part of the Marvel Universe for nearly as long as the original Mar-Vell. She debuted in 1968, just a few months after Mar-Vell's first appearance in late 1967. Though she's had a few other names over the years (remember when she was "Binary," not because she turned into a robot, but because the Brood did some crazy experiments on her? Or when she agonized over changing her name to "Warbird" in Avengers, not long before they kicked her out for being an alcoholic?), Danvers has spent most of the past 35 years with the name "Ms. Marvel."
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Marvel's Captain Marvel comics have been published intermittently over the years without much success, mainly because Marvel doesn't want to lose the trademark by stopping (DC also has a Captain Marvel, published under the title Shazam!). But with the new movie coming out, that may change—with a film franchise behind her, Captain Marvel may finally hit the mainstream. We'll keep you updated as more comes out!

Captain Marvel is set to release on March 8th, 2019.
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