We were talking yesterday about the roadblock on DC and WB path to superhero glory with the departure of Michelle MacLaren from Wonder Woman as a result of alleged creative differences. But where DC is experiencing a snafoo of sorts, Marvel is paving ahead with its own first female led feature Captain Marvel. But even Marvel is a little bit behind its original plans as it is revealed that Captain Marvel was originally expected to make an earlier appearance in another Marvel film.
Screenrant is reporting that Marvel originally intended to include Captain Marvel in Avengers: Age of Ultron. That’s right, you could very well have been sneaking a peak at the first flying female to punch her way through the Marvel cinematic universe. It would definitely have been awesome as a reveal for Avengers 2, but let’s see what Kevin Fiege had to say about long term plans for Marvel and the good Captain herself:
BEWARE, HERE THERE BE SPOILERS!!!
“There were drafts that maybe people somehow got their hands on and read early on that included some characters – maybe others, but certainly one, which is why it’s dangerous to read scripts early on, and talk about them early on…
[Captain Marvel] was in a draft. But to me, it would have done that character a disservice, to meet her fully formed, in a costume and part of the Avengers already when 99% of the audience would go, ‘Who is that?’ It’s just not the way we’ve done it before.
Thanos is the good ‘Who’s that,’ because he’s clearly a bad guy, for comic fans he represents a specific storyline, you can get the buzz started from fans to non-fans with that cameo – as opposed to a title character, who deserves their own story. Even Black Widow you don’t meet in the last two seconds of Iron Man 2 wearing her costume – you evolve that going forward.
The way we reveal Scarlet Witch [in costume] at the end of the movie? Those were Captain Marvel plate shots. Joss said, ‘We’ll cast her later!’ And I said, ‘Yeah Joss, we’ll cast her later.’ [Whispers to an invisible associate who isn’t Joss] ‘We’re not putting her in there!’
Finally Joss was like ‘Let’s use those plates to let Scarlet Witch fly into frame, give her a big entrance?’ And that makes sense – she’s come to their side, and she deserves the cool intro, which will feed into another movie we start shooting in a few weeks.”
An irritatingly fair and justified explanation I’m sure you’ll agree. It’s hard to deny that Avengers 2 is already groaning under the weight of its own hype machine, and adding a huge character like Captain Marvel on top of that wouldn’t do the film or the character any favours. Cameos are a dangerous thing, especially when they’re not done well. Fiege made some references to Scarlet Witch there, and it sounds as though she’s filled some of the gaps that were originally left by Captain Marvel to add to her already significant contributions to the film, which fans will undoubtedly appreciate. Especially since Fiege is suggesting Scarlet Witch will be appearing in Civil War!? Did I read that right?
Carol Davers is currently being attached to Captain Marvel, although whether more casting will take place is unclear. Nicole Perlman of Guardians of the Galaxy and Meg LeFauve of Inside Out are in talks with Marvel to take the writing gig for Captain Marvel, and a director has yet to be determined. Marvel have stated that they want to bring in a female director, so it will be exciting to see who takes the job.
Would you have kept Captain Marvel in the Avengers 2 mix?