‘Captain Marvel’ Will Reinvent Origin To Avoid ‘Green Lantern’ Similarities

Captain Marvel

It was an exciting moment for fans of Captain Marvel, fans of Marvel films, and fans of, well, awesome things in general when, at SDCC 2016, Brie Larson was finally confirmed to be playing the titular hero in the upcoming ‘Captain Marvel’ film. However, the movie’s still got a while to go before its March 2019 release date, and it doesn’t even have a director yet. But it does have two more-than-accomplished screenwriters: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘ co-writer Nicole Perlman and ‘Inside Out‘ co-writer Meg LeFauve.

Nicole Perlman was recently a guest on the podcast ‘Any Time with Vin Forte’. There, she gave plenty of neat tidbits regarding her influences, her writing process, her time in the Marvel writing workshop, etc. But one of the most interesting bits of info came at the 45 minute mark, where she discussed ‘Captain Marvel’ and the challenges of bringing this character to the big screen. Obviously, there’s a mountain of pressure that comes with being the MCU’s first female-led outing. But the origin itself is tricky to crack, mainly due to its similarities to the origin of another cosmic-based superhero, Green Lantern.

“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 obviously 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 films and make 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.”

Captain Marvel

In the comics, before she was Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers was an Air Force officer who befriended a doctor named Walter Lawson. Lawson, however, was in reality Kree soldier Mar-Vell turned Earth-defending superhero Captain Marvel. In a later issue, Captain Marvel shielded Danvers from the explosion of a Kree device, but the ensuing radiation gave Danvers the same cosmically-gifted superpowers of Marvel. She started her superhero career simply as Ms. Marvel, but years later, she finally took up the “Captain Marvel” mantle from her old friend. Hal Jordan, of course, was a test pilot for Ferris Aircraft. He was gifted the Green Lantern ring/mantle by the dying alien Abin Sur and made a member of the Green Lantern Corps.

Both government-employed pilots? Both given fantastic abilities by cosmic beings? Both important links between Earth and the rest of the galaxy in their respective comic book universes? Yeah, it’s hard not to see the similarities. As Marvel and DC flesh out their cinematic universes concurrently, it’s going to be funny when we start noticing the parallels between certain characters. Whether it be accidental or intentional, there’s a vast catalogue of characters who share traits with someone on the other side. Aquaman/Namor, Martian Manhunter/Vision, Green Arrow/Hawkeye, Darkseid/Thanos, Batman/Daredevil, etc. What matters is giving each film a voice of its own and making each character stand out. And luckily, it seems as though Nicole Perlman and the folks at Marvel recognize the importance of making ‘Captain Marvel‘ special.

How do you think they’ll tweak the origin? I look forward to seeing what they do, as long as Captain Marvel is the same bad-ass hero that fans have fallen in love with. ‘Captain Marvel’ will star Brie Larson and will be released on March 8, 2019.

Source: ‘Any Time with Vin Forte’ (via Comicbookmovie.com)

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  • xxjinzaxx

    Earth’s Mightiest Heroes did a nice version of her origin. I didn’t find it too similar to Green Lantern. In fact, I didn’t even think of Green Lantern.

    • Peter James

      I don’t know why the heck they cancelled that series.

      It was so awesome for doing a unified version of the Avengers (including the non-MCU characters (at the time) and heroes like Spiderman).

      They replaced it with that [email protected] Disney-fied Avengers version, that …..just….bleeeegh!!!

      • xxjinzaxx

        They had a superior Zemo, too.

  • DefJ123

    While I am always advocate for following comic book origins, I do understand the need to reinvent here. No movie should have any similarities to the garbage that was Green Lantern….

    I don’t care what they do, just try to keep it somewhat faithful and Mar-Vell must be a part of it! I love Caral Danvers, but you can’t have Captain Marvel without at least a mention of Mar-Vell…

    • Dasoman

      Why not? She could get the powers directly from a Kree device. Or from an Infinity Stone, tying it to the main Avengers arc.

      • DefJ123

        An infinity stone could be an interesting option. Though anot ancient Kree device might be best.

    • bingeit 45

      lol you know movie didn’t invent Green Lantern character, right?

      • DefJ123

        Yes? I was insinuating it should differ itself from that steaming pile of horse droppings film, not the character Green Lantern.

  • UnBoxingJon

    I don’t think they need to worry about the public’s awareness of Green Lantern’s origin. Most non-comic readers are just barely (if at all) aware that Green Lantern exists.

  • thelasttimelord

    I’ve heard that in the new origin story, Danvers will get her powers from a wizard, and all she has to do to become Captain Marvel is say “Shazam”….

  • Maximillian Pegasus

    The Green Lantern Corps movie will be an year after Captain Marvel, and from what we know of the DCEU, it won’t be an origin story, same with Aquaman and The Flash, they won’t have origins films.

    I think they could get away doing a similar story as of the comic’s.