A couple of years ago, a report made the rounds that Marvel honcho Kevin Feige wanted to move away from origin stories. At the time, there was a lot of chatter about “superhero fatigue” being on the horizon, and so Feige’s evolving philosophy seemed to be an attempt to get out in front of that by essentially saying, “We’re going to move away from the old formula because we know it’s getting predictable.” That makes his new comments on Captain Marvel pretty interesting.
Before we get to his Captain Marvel comments, here’s something he said just over a year ago while talking about Doctor Strange, to clarify Marvel’s stance on origin stories:
“I think people are bored of origin stories they’ve seen before or origin stories that are overly familiar. Doctor Strange has one of the best, most classic, most unique origin stories of any hero we have, so why wouldn’t we do that? That was sort of always the plan. How you tell that origin, perhaps there are ways to twist it or play with that, but for the most part, it’s a gift when the comics have something with such clarity of story and of character. That doesn’t always happen in the comics, and when it does, you use it.”
So the uber-producer seems to feel that origin stories are still worth it as long as they’re fascinating and unique. It sounds like he must find that Captain Marvel‘s origin meets that criteria.
In a chat with Cinema Blend, Feige tackled the question of whether or not Captain Marvel will be an origin story. Here’s what he had to say, starting off with a comment about Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther:
“[Black] Panther is not really an origin story, since we saw him already in Civil War. But his standalone certainly introduces you to 99% of his world that you never saw. And Captain Marvel is certainly an origin. It’s an origin story from the start.”
This comes on the heel’s of Marvel finding new ways of introducing major characters- ones who will loom large in the years to come. Spider-Man, Black Panther, and The Wasp are all characters that are going to be very important to Marvel’s upcoming slate who were all introduced in somewhat unconventional ways, considering what a big part of the upcoming slate they are. While characters like War Machine, Black Widow, and Falcon were also introduced within other hero’s movies, they were always meant to be second bananas. Those other three heroes I mentioned are going to be headline stars for the next few years.
So Marvel is definitely making an effort to change up how we meet new heroes, but when it comes to Captain Marvel, it sounds like we’re getting a very traditional origin story for the first chapter in the heroine’s saga.
Captain Marvel is slated to come out in 2019, with Academy Award-winner Brie Larson starring.
SOURCE: Cinema Blend