Nicole Perlman Consulted Air Force For Captain Marvel Movie
In a podcast with Geek Dad, screenwriter Nicole Perlman, who also wrote a draft of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, spoke about co-writing the upcoming Captain Marvel film which stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers.
Nicole Perlman spoke about the creative process:
I think theres 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.
On the pressures of writing Captain Marvel and differences between writing Guardians of the Galaxy:
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 thats 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. 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 fulfills all the structural needs of who she is but also really channels the spirit of who this incredibly powerful and inspiring person is.
On Brie Larson's age (27 years old) and some thinking she is too young for the role:
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.
"Captain Marvel" has a March 8, 2019 release.
(pictured above: fan art)