Captain Marvel, the next entry into the MCU, is shaped up after some recent comic runs the character has had after some major changes promoted in the last few years. Those changes were led by writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, who was perhaps the most important person behind Carol Danvers becoming one of Marvel’s most powerful and beloved characters. Speaking in a press conference for the movie, protagonist Brie Larson was asked how DeConnick’s consulting helped her get into the character. She replied:
Oh gosh. I have to admit that talking with her was so surreal. I feel like I just blacked out. I felt really nervous because it’s this thing that, this woman that she created, that I feel very certain she knows way better than I do. I just was so honored to receive her blessing and to see how excited she was. And that felt like a relief to me. Because she pushed this forward, you know? We wouldn’t be here without her, really. And I’m so grateful for that character that she created, and now we’re just kind of following the breadcrumb trail that she made, you know?
It is always a great relief when a respected comics author approves the casting for a film of a property he created or helped shape up. Lately, we’ve had so many examples of movies (not only in the superhero genre, but in Hollywood adaptations in general) that did not consult with their original authors and ended up being flops, that DeConnick’s excitement is a great sign. Not that we had many doubts as to the quality of the Captain Marvel film, but it is another indicator that we as fans will most likely be satisfied with it.
Also worthy of note, Larson’s way of saying they are “following the breadcrumb trail that she made” is a very specific, yet not surprising one. If they’re following the breadcrumb trail, it means they are going for the look and feel of DeConnick’s run with the character, maybe even the same direction, but not necessarily the same plotlines. That would be a lot more than following a breadcrumb trail, and it indicates even comicbook fans will have some surprises along the way. You know, just like basically every MCU movie, that takes from and respects the source material, while also changing it up just enough to keep everyone interested.
The more we hear about it, the more it sounds like Captain Marvel will be a tremendous MCU entry when it premieres on March 8th , 2019.