A very common (and valid) criticism of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that all of the origin movies are just doing Iron Man with a different paint job. While it does live into the whole “don’t fix what isn’t broken”, it does make some of the latter origin movies kind of boring. Black Panther did a good job of feeling different, and producer Nate Moore spoke to Cinema Blend about how the upcoming Captain Marvel will be different.
I think there is a structure to origin films that audiences sometimes can get ahead of very quickly. So, if we do origin films, internally, we talk about how we can subvert that structure. For instance, Captain Marvel is an origin movie in that you haven’t seen her before, but we think we’ve stumbled upon a structure there that isn’t the traditional structure of what origin movies typically are, which is you meet the character, they have a problem, they get powers at the end of the first act, and the end of the second act they learn about the powers, the third act they probably fight a villain who has a function of the same powers. That’s a lot of times what a typical origin movie is structured like, but as we introduce new characters moving forward, we want to find ways to subvert that structure, so at least the experience of the film feels new to audiences. We’re very conscious of making sure that audiences don’t get things that feel like they’ve seen them before.
Moore went on to say that the time change — the fact that this movie takes place in the ’90s — is one of the reasons it might be different.
I think the way the film opens is much different than an origin movie, and because she is a heroine that you haven’t seen before, we’re able to tell this story structurally in a way that will feel unexpected and hopefully will keep audiences off balance. Still balanced enough that they can enjoy the film, but even just making it a period film is sort of interesting in that it’s not just a function of the world as we know it in the MCU today.
Captain America: The First Avenger is one of the better origin movies and the unsung classic of Phase 1, and one of the reasons for that was how it embraced the time period. While the ’90s isn’t nearly as far off as the ’40s, it’s going to be fun to see a different version of SHIELD and what the MCU looked like before Tony Stark declares he is Iron Man but after Captain America crashed a ship into the arctic.
Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.
Captain Marvel, directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, will also star Brie Larson, Jude Law, Gemma Chan, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Samuel L. Jackson. The film is set for release on March 8th, 2019.
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