Even though her film is four years away and there are nine other Marvel films between now and then–including a sequel to a film that has yet to come out–people just can’t stop talking about Captain Marvel.
Of course, talking about one of Marvel’s premiere female heroes is nothing new. Rumors have been circulating for months that Carol Danvers’ alter ego would be making an appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron. If the word coming out from those who have already seen the film are any indication, the character is not in the final film. But how close did Captain Marvel get to being in the movie? According to Kevin Feige by way of Badass Digest, pretty darn close.
Captain Marvel appeared in early drafts of the script, but only as a cameo. She was supposed to fly in at the end of the film to join the Avengers team, and made it as far as the FX planning stage of filming before being cut. Why was she cut? Marvel thought being introduced in such a way would be sort of anticlimatic for a character they were building a feature around, and they decided to have her be fully introduced in her own film.
Speaking of her own film, Marvel has chosen two screenwriters to work on it–Inside Out scribe Meg LeFauve and Guardians of the Galaxy writer Nicole Perlman. The Hollywood Reporter states that each writer came in with their own treatment for the film and Marvel like them both. Instead of choosing one or the other, Marvel asked the writers to work together to mesh their two versions into one film.
Captain Marvel is set to open on November 2, 2018.