Carol Danvers, better known and beloved as Captain Marvel, is finally getting her own movie in 2019. But while much of what made Carol so beloved in the first place is sticking around, one thing the screenwriters won’t be keeping is her origin story.
In the comics, Carol Danvers is an Air Force pilot who gets her powers when the alien hero Mar-Vell (yes, they called him that) is blasted to atoms protecting her from a weapon, exposing her to radiation. It’s a pretty typical superhero origin, but working in Mar-Vell would feel a bit rushed to say the least. Nor is that the only problem, according to screenwriter Nicole Perlman, who weighed in on the Any Time podcast:
…if you were just going to do a straight adaptation of the comics, her origin story is very similar to Green Lantern. And obviously, that’s not what we want to do. There’s a lot of reinvention that needs to happen. And also, she’s her own person and she’s a great character. We have to be aware of what’s happened in other Marvel films and makes sure that her particular storyline is unique and fun and also fits in within this world that’s going on at the same time.
Green Lantern’s origin is a bit different in the details, as he gets a ring instead of superpowers, but both he and the captain are both pilots who get their abilities from aliens. Also, not even Ryan Reynolds wants to remember his turn as Hal Jordan, so maybe an origin change is for the best. Or how about not even bothering with her origin? Come on, we’re not here to learn how she gets her powers, we’re here to watch Carol Danvers punch bad guys.