The script for Captain Marvel almost began with Carol Danvers on Earth according to the film’s co-director Ryan Fleck.
Origin stories are always tricky and with Captain Marvel, they decided to go for a less traditional approach and begin the tale somewhere in the middle, with Carol already with the Kree and possessing her powers.
However, this wasn’t always the plan for the movie as co-director Ryan Fleck has revealed that the film once began with Carol on Earth when she was a pilot in the US Air Force. Speaking to Empire, Fleck said:
“The original opening to the script was a simulated combat situation in her fighter jets. There was a whole Top Gun-style sequence that we were even planning to shoot for a while. Even though it was an awesome introduction to Carol and Maria Rambeau – and I think it would have been fun for the audience to meet them on Earth as humans – the problem with that is the audience would be so far ahead of the story.
“But you would have already known, and viscerally felt, her as a human. When she is uncovering her past and feeling a bit freaked out by it, I think it’s much more effective.”
It certainly would have changed the film in a pretty dramatic way if the movie was told in a more straightforward start to finish manner. What do you think? Was the way Captain Marvel began the right approach?
Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom.
Captain Marvel is being directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Mississippi Grind) and sees Brie Larson (Kong: Skull Island) leading the cast as Carol Danvers alongside Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers), Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy), Lee Pace (Guardians of the Galaxy), Lashana Lynch (Fast Girls), Gemma Chan (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Algenis Perez Soto (Sambá), Rune Temte (Eddie The Eagle), McKenna Grace (I, Tonya), Annette Bening (American Beauty), Ana Ayora (The Big Wedding), Vik Sahay (Chuck), Kenneth Mitchell (Star Trek: Discovery), Chuku Modo (The Good Doctor), Clark Gregg (The Avengers) and Jude Law (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald).