Captain Marvel compared to Evans’ Cap by Avengers screenwriters
The people have been waiting on Captain Marvel for a long, long time.
Marvel Studios first announced a solo film for the hero in 2014 with a release date of Summer 2018. There have been high-highs for the patient fans, including the casting of Brie Larson as the character; and low-lows, with the delay of the film until spring 2019. But the captain is very nearly here.
The upcoming Avengers: Infinity War won’t feature Captain Marvel because Marvel Studios is saving her actual debut for her solo movie; however, she will play a role in the upcoming fourth Avengers movie (which debuts just two months after her movie). With the addition of Captain Marvel comes new challenges for the MCU, but also opens up new avenues with character interactions, a huge part of these next two Avengers movies. Screenwriter Christopher Markus reveals that he thinks of Larson’s Captain Marvel as similar to the kind of character that Chris Evans’ Captain America became in the MCU.
“Well, (we’re) super excited to have her — for one thing… That’s a power scale that right now doesn’t exist in the MCU, and she’s in some ways the closest to Captain America, which is a weird, now rare kind of character which is a person who’s right and knows they’re right and doesn’t really want to hear it when you tell them they’re wrong. So, with all these flawed, f*cked up people like Quill who’s a mess and Tony who’s a massive ego all contorted, it’s fun to get another person with a clear vision in there going, ‘Shut up.’”
It’s worth noting, that by the time Larson began production on her solo movie, which is currently filming, she will have already shot her scenes for Avengers 4. So the first time she suited up as Captain Marvel was for her second appearance as a character.
“That movie (the Captain Marvel solo movie) does not exist yet so we’re following up on something that is good intentions at the moment,” Markus says about including her in Avengers 4.
His co-writer, Stephen McFeely, adds that the juggling of continuities for films that don’t even exist yet has proven a little difficult, or as he calls it, a nightmare.
“We think we handled it and solved it in fairly clever ways,” McFeely says about juggling the stories of all the other Marvel movies to fit with Avengers 4, before knocking on a nearby wooden table. “It certainly was an issue. If you wanna do what you wanna do here, how does it affect this movie and not just make this movie. ”
“How do you not fall into the trap of what these movies are sometimes accused of which is just sometimes feeding each other and not being standalone things?” Markus adds. “You can’t make them overly dependent on each other, and yet you still want to have this bloodstream flowing through the universe.”
Fans will find out how that bloodstream is flowing on March 8, 2019 when Captain Marvel flies into theaters. Avengers 4 will follow on May 3, 2019.
Avengers: Infinity War arrives in theaters on April 27.
Check back here on Friday for our interview with Don Cheadle (War Machine) from the set of Avengers: Infinity War!