Nicole Perlman Talks Writing The 'Captain Marvel' Script; Addresses Brie Larson's Age Issue

One of the upcoming Marvel Studios films that is in the pipeline at the moment is Captain Marvel, which will be the first female-led superhero feature for the studio. Currently it is without a director, but has two screenwriters, Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman, writing the script, and will have Brie Larson as the title role aka Carol Danvers.

Perlman was recently interviewed by The Great Big Beautiful Podcast, in which she talked about the upcoming Marvel film, discussing the process of writing the studio's first female-led film Perlman said the following:

I think there's a tendency to have that back and forth conversation of “Should it affect the story at all?” or “Should it affect the writing?” I think that making sure that Captain Marvel is not somebody who is a hero in SPITE of her femininity is important. She’s a very strong character and her being a woman is part of that strength. I will say that 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.

Perlman, having written parts of Guardians of the Galaxy, then talked about the differences between that and this film:

It’s a different kind of pressure in a sense. Meg [LeFauve] and I were hired a long time ago but we didn’t have our marching orders until recently. Marvel is a little bit of a house of cards in a sense that everything influences everything around it even if its very modular. Figuring out where the story fits in the MCU influences things as well. 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 honours the canon and also gearing out the roles that she needs to play with everything that’s going on in the MCU. It’s a little bit of a twister game whereas “Guardians” is very free– where it’s like the sky is the limit. With Captain Marvel, it’s been trying to really figure out who Carol Danvers is and how to just tell a story that fulfils all the structural needs of who she is but also really channels the spirit of who this incredibly powerful and inspiring person is.

Originally the film was supposed to come out in July of 2018 but was then pushed back to November of the same year, due to Spider-Man: Homecoming being made. However the film was again pushed back to March of 2019 thanks to Ant-Man and The Wasp being in the works. While many were understandably frustrated that the first Marvel female-led film wasn't being made in time for them, Perlman understood the logistics:

I don’t think I got offended or anything like that. I understand that so much of this is about marketing, schedules, things that have very little to do with the story or characters. Especially with Marvel and Sony coming together and collaborating this way, there’s a lot going on. It’s a giant business. Things get shifted around for reasons that have nothing to do with creative reasons. I think its kind of like “Oh that’s unfortunate,” but I’m going with the flow and hopefully it will just allow more time for the project to be fantastic.

One final topic that was talked about was Brie Larson, 27 years old and will be 29 when the film comes out, some though she was too young for an experienced Air Force One pilot. However Perlman rejects that notion:

I had to consult with the Air Force yesterday and I brought up the age issue and they said that it was not out of the realm of possibility, that somebody could be very accomplished in the Air Force between the age of 28-34 and that you could go very far within that time. I don’t think the age is going to be an issue. Also obviously by the time the film comes out and by the time they finish shooting, Brie will be a lot older than when she was announced.

As of now, the studio is still actively searching for a director, specifically a female one, and until then Perlman and LeFauve will continue making the script with Larson reporting for Captain Marvel duties in Atlanta for Avengers: Infinity War.

Source: The Great Big Beautiful Podcast (Via MCUExchange)


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