With every new phase in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it becomes increasingly more difficult to tell an origin story without seeming too familiar to a previous character's beginnings. Just take a look at Doctor Strange, which could have been considered too close to Iron Man's origins if it landed in the wrong hands. But thanks to a fresh perspective, and the right combination of character traits and background in the MCU, the film turned out to be one of the best origin stories in the lot. Which is exactly the approach Nicole Perlman is looking to take with her Captain Marvel script.
GeekDad's "Great Big Beautiful Podcast" had a chance to speak to Perlman about several projects that she's either worked or is currently working on, obviously including her work in the Marvel Studios canon. In particular, Nicole Perlman spoke towards what the MCU's current state is doing to influence her work writing Captain Marvel's script, in the following ways:
Marvel is a little bit of a house of cards in a sense that everything influences everything around it, even if it's very modular. Figuring out where the story fits in the MCU influences things as well. [Captain Marvel is] 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.
We already know that Captain Marvel is going to be an origin story, as Kevin Feige has confirmed as much in a previous statement. So getting further insight into how exactly the start of Carol Danvers' journey to super-powered stardom will play out is assuring to folks who are wondering just how many origins a superhero universe can go through before becoming redundant. Add this to the recent remarks that Feige made about how space based the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be, starting with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok, and you can see why Nicole Perlman's segment about the modular nature of Marvel Studios' film slate is so important.
If Captain Marvel were to have originally appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron, as she was intended to, her story might have been more influenced by the politics surrounding the superhero world after the events leading to the drafting and ratification of the Sokovia Accords. Whereas her current slot in the 2019 calendar, wedged in-between The Avengers: Infinity War and its follow-up slated for a year after, will probably see the character introduced as a trump card of cosmic powers that will be called upon to help defeat Thanos.
Captain Marvel will soar into theaters on March 8, 2019, and we can't wait to see what Carol Danvers' high flying adventures will bring in their current release slot.