Speaking last night at a Los Angeles screening of some Doctor Strange footage, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige spoke about some of the studios’ upcoming films saying, “[Black] Panther is not really an origin story, since we saw him already in Civil War. But his standalone certainly introduces you to 99% of his world that you never saw. And Captain Marvel is certainly an origin. It’s an origin story from the start.“
We’ve seen the world of T’Challa begin to fill up with several major casting announcements over the past few months, but the direction of the Captain Marvel solo adventure has remained a source of speculation for fans. Outside of the casting of Brie Larson as Carol Danvers and some conflicting information about when she may appear (Feige has said they’re “holding on to her” until her solo film while the Russos seemingly confirmed her for Avengers: Infinity War), little has been revealed about the film, so this nugget from Feige was sure to set off some speculation.
Phase 3 is introducing its share of new characters to the MCU, many of whom are expected to play a large role in the future and Carol Danvers is certainly expected to be one of those. With Doctor Strange receiving the full origin treatment, it’s sensible that Marvel Studios would follow suit in establishing a solid backstory for Danvers transformation into Captain Marvel as well. How they’ll approach that story is something of a mystery at this point given that Carol’s transformation into Captain Marvel involves another character with a long comic history who has yet to appear in the MCU: the Kree Captain Mar-Vell. Of course, the Kree exist and it’s not out of the question that they’ll jump into the war against Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, so there is plenty of time for the setup, but that’s only further speculation.
Marvel could also tell a greatly altered origin for Captain Marvel (something they’ve done with a few characters like Peter Quill and the Maximoff twins), but while they seem to change some details up to modernize the stories, the essentials are usually held on to. Tony Stark is still orphaned and forced to build a suit to save his life. Steve Rogers is still a scrawny kid with the heart of a hero who becomes a super soldier. Bruce Banner still experiments with gamma rays. Thor is still an arrogant, young warrior. Stephen Strange is still an ego-driven genius who gains new insight and powers through the tutelage of the Ancient One. So, will Carol Danvers still be an Air Force pilot who through some accident becomes a Kree-Human hybrid? I’d think in some way, they’ll hold on to that aspect of the story and change some of the fine points; however, with the Captain Marvel movie still almost a year and a half away from even beginning production, we may not know for some time.
Sources: Cinemablend, October 2016