[Update: Marvel has made it official: Captain Marvel will be written by Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve]
Marvel made headlines when they proved the criticisms had been heard loud and clear, confirming Captain Marvel to be in the works as part of Marvel's Phase Three. Since then, however, details have been hard to come by, with no director, writer, or even cast members confirmed. Recent reports offer some insight as to why, while hinting that promising talent could soon be attached to the film.
The latest word doesn't offer any insights on the possibly-already-cast leading actress, but claims that writers Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) are being looked to for the script.
The news comes via THR, explaining that the efforts to find a screenwriter have been ongoing since December. Since then, Perlman (who drafted the original script for Guardians) and LeFauve (writer of Pixar's upcoming Inside Out) have both submitted story treatments for Captain Marvel, which apparently impressed enough to push the studio to combine their talents, working as a writing team going forward.
Given the pressures and expectations that come with Marvel's first female-led property, it's not surprising that the studio is hoping to place its creation in the hands of women (possibly even director Angelina Jolie). Although fans may have gotten the false perception that Guardians of the Galaxy was the sole creation of director James Gunn, it was Perlman who gave the film its first push to the big screen.
The writer explained at SDCC 2014 that upon joining Marvel's screenwriting program, she decided to take a crack at Guardians (one of a number of comic prospects) for the opportunity to tell an offbeat space epic. James Gunn added his signature style in re-writes, but Perlman's initial script and story was adhered to enough to retain her "written by" credit alongside the director.
LeFauve is much more of a newcomer with no writing credit so far, but has a history in the production side of the business (no doubt an attractive prospect to Marvel's movie-making machine). So, what does this mean for Captain Marvel? It's hard to say just yet, but it was always assumed that Carol Danvers would join the cosmic side of Marvel's universe as opposed to Earth's Avengers. If that includes the sense of humor of Guardians, few would complain.
It may not be just Danvers' 'Captain Marvel' who Perlman and LeFauve introduce to audiences, either, since Danvers owes her superhero origins to the previous hero in the title - the Kree warrior Mar-Vell. When an alien disaster merges Danvers' physiology with that of Mar-Vell, she gains some of his alien superpowers, setting out on her path to becoming Ms. Marvel, later earning her captain rank.
Plans concerning superhero blockbusters are always subject to change, and given how challenging it has been to separate fact from fiction with Captain Marvel, it's possible this writing team may simply be the goal for Marvel, not the official plan. If nothing else, hearing just how long Marvel has been working to get a script in place should put rumors of a Captain Marvel cameo in Avengers: Age of Ultron to rest.
How do you feel about the proposed writing duo for Captain Marvel? Is the property in good hands with one of Guardians' creative minds behind it, or were you hoping to see another writer in place? Share your thoughts in the comments.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1 2015, followed by Ant-Man on July 17 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Spider-Man on July 28, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4 2018, Black Panther on July 6 2018, Captain Marvel on November 2 2018, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3 2019 and Inhumans on July 12, 2019.