'Captain Marvel' Will Be an 'Action-Comedy' Following a 'Sassy, Funny Superhero'

Gina Carbone
Moviefone

Sounds great ... and also like almost every other Marvel movie?

"Captain Marvel" screenwriter Geneva Robertson-Dworet isn't reinventing the wheel with Brie Larson's standalone movie. Instead, she's staying pretty loyal to the Marvel Comics source material.

"Carol Danvers is one of the funniest comic book characters," Robertson-Dworet told Entertainment Weekly. "She's so sassy, she's such a smartass, she won't take sh*t from anyone, and the comic books do an amazing job at capturing that voice, and it was important that the entire Captain Marvel creative team [kept to that]."

Robertson-Dworet compared "Captain Marvel" to an early draft she wrote for Alicia Vikander's Lara Croft in "Tomb Raider."

"'Captain Marvel' has a very funny voice, and it's more of an action-comedy, more like what we were talking about doing in the first draft I wrote for 'Tomb Raider'.... [but] that tone survived in Captain Marvel. I love funny female characters, so as 'Tomb Raider' got more serious, I got even more committed to the idea of 'Captain Marvel' being hilarious. [...] I'm hoping that sassy, funny superhero [in the film] is something people haven't seen before, and that they're going to be excited to see in Carol Danvers."

The word "sassy" is often associated with women, or we'd say Iron Man is the original sassy Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero. Does Jessica Jones qualify?

Comparisons may defeat the purpose, but comparisons will inevitably be made. Robertson-Dworet said they started writing after DC's "Wonder Woman" came out and were conscious about doing something different.

"So we wanted to carve our own path and make sure we weren't retreading the same territory, and showing all facets of what women are capable of."

Sounds good. There's more than one way to be a male superhero, so there's more than one way to be a female superhero. But if you are a male/female superhero in the MCU, you are more likely to joke around than a male/female superhero in the DCEU.

"Captain Marvel" is scheduled for release on March 8, 2019. But you never know. Marvel is in a shifty mood lately, so who knows if they'll move it.

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