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Nicole Perlman on the challenges of penning the Captain Marvel script

02.09.2017

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Although both Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve were hired to pen the script for CAPTAIN MARVEL some time ago, they apparently didn't get their "marching orders" until fairly recently. While speaking on the Great Big Beautiful Podcast, Perlman spoke about where they're at with the screenplay as well as the challenges of crafting Marvel's first female-led superhero movie.

"Marvel is a little bit of a house of cards in a sense that everything influences everything around it even if its very modular," said Perlman. "Figuring out where the story fits in the MCU influences things as well." By the time CAPTAIN MARVEL is released to theaters, Marvel will have twenty movies under their belt, which makes it all the more difficult to carve out a unique space for Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) in the universe.

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.

Although there are certainly plenty of great female characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, CAPTAIN MARVEL represents their first female-led movie, and Nicole Perlman admits that "theres a tendency to have that back and forth conversation of 'Should it affect the story at all?' or 'Should it affect the writing?'"

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

CAPTAIN MARVEL is set for a March 8 2019 release.

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9:08PM on 02/09/2017
First Marvel film that I have absolutely no excitement for; everything about this film just sounds awful and I don't see Brie Larson as Captain Marvel at all.
First Marvel film that I have absolutely no excitement for; everything about this film just sounds awful and I don't see Brie Larson as Captain Marvel at all.
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9:03AM on 02/10/2017
Considering the script hasn't even started to be written yet, what have you heard about it beyond Brie Larson starring?
Considering the script hasn't even started to be written yet, what have you heard about it beyond Brie Larson starring?
4:21PM on 02/12/2017
Brie Larson was terrible choice. Total miscast.
Brie Larson was terrible choice. Total miscast.
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7:06PM on 02/09/2017

The more I hear about it....

The more I'm sure it will be the first Marvel film I miss in the theaters. They've already lost their minds and decided she's going to out-Superman the Man of Steel. Now in addition to making her so powerful she dwarfs all the other Marvel heroes (even the ones far more powerful than her in the comics), they're debating if they should make the movie differently because she's a woman?

NO....she's a comic superhero. You don't worry about stupid crap like making sure she's properly
The more I'm sure it will be the first Marvel film I miss in the theaters. They've already lost their minds and decided she's going to out-Superman the Man of Steel. Now in addition to making her so powerful she dwarfs all the other Marvel heroes (even the ones far more powerful than her in the comics), they're debating if they should make the movie differently because she's a woman?

NO....she's a comic superhero. You don't worry about stupid crap like making sure she's properly feminized. You write a compelling script, give her character good motivations, an imposing villain, and make sure the movie is put together in a way that's entertaining. You do that for EVERY movie, not especially for hers because she has different genitalia than the other Marvel heroes.
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9:08AM on 02/10/2017
What's wrong with her out-Supermaning Superman? He doesn't exist in the MCU, so she wouldn't be stepping on anyone's toes there. Beyond that, her only powers are flight, strength, and energy bursts from her hands. That hardly makes her comparable to Superman. And it, at most, puts her on par with the other heroes in the MCU. She's definitely not more powerful than everyone in the MCU.

As far as feminizing her, I have to agree. Just write a superhero story with a compelling lead and
What's wrong with her out-Supermaning Superman? He doesn't exist in the MCU, so she wouldn't be stepping on anyone's toes there. Beyond that, her only powers are flight, strength, and energy bursts from her hands. That hardly makes her comparable to Superman. And it, at most, puts her on par with the other heroes in the MCU. She's definitely not more powerful than everyone in the MCU.

As far as feminizing her, I have to agree. Just write a superhero story with a compelling lead and villain, and conflict for the film. And just don't worry about sexes. I don't think people will be up in arms if a female superhero takes a punch from a bad guy.
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