[MILD SPOILERS for Avengers: Age of Ultron ahead.]
It may be the 20th film planned for Marvel's Cinematic Universe, but Captain Marvel will be the first to boast a woman as its lead. The film is still years away, but there's no time like the present to begin building on the goodwill this particular superhero movie's announcement has already earned the studio.
Just yesterday it was revealed Marvel is in talks with Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) to write the script. The report also added that Marvel is interested in finding a woman director for Captain Marvel, which is only more good news for those hoping Marvel begins diversify behind the camera just as much as on screen. (And hey, Michelle MacLaren's schedule has an opening now.)
In recent weeks there have been a flurry of rumors surrounding whether or not Marvel has already cast Carol Danvers, which only fueled more rumors insisting Captain Marvel would make an appearance in Avengers 2. We've since learned that Carol will in fact not appear in Age of Ultron, but we're still holding out hope there's some sort of hint at her eventual arrival tucked away in Avengers 2.
And as it turns out, all those rumors insisting Captain Marvel would at the very least make a cameo in Age of Ultron weren't entirely bogus. In an early version of the script, Carol did make an appearance at the end of the film. But as Kevin Feige recently explained to Badass Digest, that was never his intention for Captain Marvel's MCU debut:
"There were drafts that maybe people somehow got their hands on and read early on that included some characters - maybe others, but certainly one, which is why it’s dangerous to read scripts early on, and talk about them early on…
[Captain Marvel] was in a draft. But to me, it would have done that character a disservice, to meet her fully formed, in a costume and part of the Avengers already when 99% of the audience would go, ‘Who is that?’ It’s just not the way we’ve done it before.
Thanos is the good ‘Who’s that,’ because he’s clearly a bad guy, for comic fans he represents a specific storyline, you can get the buzz started from fans to non-fans with that cameo - as opposed to a title character, who deserves their own story. Even Black Widow you don’t meet in the last two seconds of Iron Man 2 wearing her costume - you evolve that going forward.
The way we reveal Scarlet Witch [in costume] at the end of the movie? Those were Captain Marvel plate shots. Joss said, ‘We’ll cast her later!’ And I said, ‘Yeah Joss, we’ll cast her later.’ [Whispers to an invisible associate who isn't Joss] ‘We’re not putting her in there!’
Finally Joss was like ‘Let’s use those plates to let Scarlet Witch fly into frame, give her a big entrance?’ And that makes sense - she’s come to their side, and she deserves the cool intro, which will feed into another movie we start shooting in a few weeks."
As excited as fans are for Carol Danvers to finally join the MCU, there's no doubt most will appreciate Feige's observation that a character as pivotal as Captain Marvel deserves more than a brief cameo as her introduction.
Plus, did Feige just confirm Scarlet Witch will appear in Captain America: Civil War? It certainly seems that way.
There's already a lot of pressure on Marvel to "get it right" when it comes to their first female-led superhero movie. Trying to squeeze yet another major Avenger into an already crowded film would have likely been a disservice to the character of Captain Marvel, all things considered.
What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Would you have liked to see Captain Marvel appear at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron? Or is a smart move for Marvel to hold off on introducing Carol Danvers until her own solo film? Let us hear from you in the comments below!
The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be in theaters May 1, 2015; Ant-Man on July 17, 2015; Captain America: Civil War - May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange - November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - May 5, 2017; Spider-Man reboot - July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok - November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 - May 4, 2018; Black Panther - July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel - November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 - May 3, 2019; Inhumans - July 12, 2019.
Source: Badass Digest