One look at the Captain Marvel poster and one could easily assume Marvel has something to fear. Wonder Woman’s huge box office opening, with a sequel announced immediately after its release, should make Marvel hit the pause button before filming Captain Marvel. As Alfred Hitchcock said, “To make a great film you need three things – the script, the script and the script.” In a recent interview with SciFi Now Magazine, Larson said, “To be fair, there are a lot of iterations of her, so there’s going to be some people there who think this isn’t right.” But the fans already know this. They are particular when it comes to their favorite comic book characters, and the mixed origins of the character may divide the fans on which version is best, however, it’s irrelevant what people will think if you make a good film. The importance rests with the script, direction, and casting. Will it be good enough to be a decent box office draw? Anything is possible, we even watched a pig fly in that one US commercial. The likelihood of the Captain Marvel movie making an impact is good thanks to the success of Wonder Woman. Not only has a movie helmed by a female director (Patty Jenkins), with a female lead, shattered the glass ceiling, Wonder Woman has paved the way for other female superheroes to carve their own niche in a male-dominated industry.
Despite what will make the movie a box office draw, the studios will focus on people’s innate curiosity. That “need to know” is what drives us to seek out the truth in all things. People will go see the movie to compare. That’s where Marvel must take notice before the filming of Captain Marvel begins. What made Wonder Woman a success? In my opinion, it was a culmination of things, such as the casting, director, the fandom, the hype, and, yes, her sexual identity. Even Gadot, who plays Princess Diana in Wonder Woman teased on an Israeli talk show “Good Night with Guy Pines” (via Batman-News.com) that Halle Berry would make a good love interest for Princess Diana in the sequel. Halle Berry is gorgeous and is a smart choice. Now, I’m not implying that Marvel uses DC Comics’ formula, to add some extra shine to Captain Marvel. One must be careful not to exploit sexual orientation. After a while, it becomes cliché, tired, and obvious. For realism, it must be natural, like it’s expected. Princess Diana’s sexual orientation is already known in comic book lore.
For fans, box office numbers mean absolutely nothing to them. I get that. I live that. It’s about the love and support of the character. Still, the movie studios are concentrating on increasing the fan base and introducing the characters to non-comic book readers, which translates to net profits. That is why box office numbers are important. In order to continue making the films, the films must show a decent profit margin. Otherwise, why make a theatrical film, when they can release on DVD or VOD? That is why the announcement of Wonder Woman’s sequel during the opening weekend was, not only surprising but substantial. Depending on why you choose to see the film, box office scores either matter or don’t.
Brie Larson, the actress who will play Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, is ready for the challenge. After all, she is to be the first female Marvel superhero to get her own movie. According to Marvel.com, the character’s “current powers include flight, enhanced strength, durability and the ability to shoot concussive energy bursts from her hands.” Additionally, she’s an excellent pilot and highly skilled in hand-to-hand combat. Further, in an alternate cinematic universe, who wouldn’t line up to see Captain Marvel Vs Wonder Woman movie, minus the jello, of course?
Contrary to the poster’s release date, the Captain Marvel film doesn’t begin until February 2018, with a 2019 release. With speculation on release dates and storyline for the Wonder Woman sequel, Marvel is feeling the pressure to deliver. It would be interesting to see if the Wonder Woman sequel releases the same year as Captain Marvel. That could be a good thing, for both characters are role models for many girls. Gender aside, who wouldn’t want to stop bullets with their bangles, or fly planes like an ace jet fighter? I know I would!
Wonder Woman is owned by DC Comics, and is currently in theaters. Check your local listings. Captain Marvel is owned by . . . well, that part is complicated. Check the video below for a humorous explanation.