Marvel Studios is consciously building Captain Marvel differently to help it stand out among the standard origin movie formula. Over the past 10 years, Marvel has made several origin movies to help audiences get acquainted with some of their biggest heroes. Iron Man kicked off a run of them in Phase 1, with Phase 2 and Phase 3 both featuring their fair share of origin stories as well. In each instance, the studio tried to do something to change it up, whether that is in the film's genre, tone, or even what types of characters are leading them.
Captain Marvel will be their Marvel's next origin movie, and it shows audiences how Brie Larson's Carol Danvers becomes one of the MCU's most powerful heroes. They believe that she holds one of the most unique origin stories left to be told. However, thanks to their history in making these types of movies, some may have been able to predict the film's general structure (as was the case for Doctor Strange). That's why they've found a way to change things up for their first female-led superhero movie.
Marvel Studios producer Nate Moore spoke to CinemaBlend about their first film of 2019 and what will make it stand out. Moore isn't quite ready to divulge the specifics on how Captain Marvel will change things up, but he made sure to point out the usual structure of these movies while teasing that they've figured out a new way to structure the origin story.
"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."
Marvel's not going to reinvent the wheel here, but it its great to see them internally working to keep things fresh from a narrative structure perspective. The specific examples of how these films are typically structured, though, could provide some insight into what they are specifically looking to change. For instance, instead of waiting till the end of act one for Carol to get her powers, Captain Marvel could gift her these new abilities much earlier on. They will likely even speed up the learning curve for Carol so that the crux of the movie can unfold.
The movie is going to revolve around the Kree-Skrull war, after all, and Carol won't be much help if she isn't trained in her abilities. The third act, however, could be where Captain Marvel really gets to stand apart. If it's the war she's fighting, then the finale could just be Carol making her way through the Skrull army if she's fighting alongside the Kree. However, should she choose that peace is the better option, then maybe she'll look to halt the war altogether. There's also the fact that nobody in the Captain Marvel cast really poses a direct threat to Carol in a one-on-one fight. Ben Mendelsohn (who is likely playing Kree commander Yon-Rogg) has been described as the villain, which lends credence to the thought that Captain Marvel will fight both sides of this war.
These are just a few possibilities, however. Considering the years Marvel spent developing the movie and possibly even changing Carol's origin completely, there's reason to believe that Captain Marvel will be able to switch things up. Whether or not it these changes work is still up in the air, and it, ultimately, won't be proven right or wrong until next year.
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