Nicole Perman, one of the co-writers of the Captain Marvel script (along with Meg LeFauve) was a guest on a podcast recently and she had a lot to say about Captain Marvel. Perlman actually started out at Marvel in their Writer’s Program and wrote the first draft of Guardians of the Galaxy, which underwent an expansive rewrite after James Gunn was hired.
As for her guest spot on the podcast, Perlman disclosed that how Danvers acquires her abilities will differ from the “Kree radiation” origin of the ’60s. Caught in a blast from an exploding Kree machine, the Kree warrior Mar-Vell saves Danvers’ life by shielding her with his body only for the subsequent radiation to transfuse his Kree physiology into Danvers, giving her his superhuman abilities. In short, an alien comes to Earth and through extenuating circumstances, passes his abilities on to an unassuming human. That’s pretty similar to the origin story for Green Lantern Hal Jordan. According to Perlman that’s something that will need to be tweaked for the Captain Marvel film.
“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.”
Do you think it’s a good idea to change Captain Marvel’s origin?