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Friday, November 16, 2018 

Captain Marvel movie will be based on one of the least successful recent runs

As expected, when the screenwriters for a new comics-based movie rely on source material for their screenplay, they base on by far the newest stories possible, never considering anything from the old. And in this case, it's Kelly Sue deConnick's run, one of the worst due to its PC costume and worse, the subsequent short, masculine haircut and character design:
Marvel's upcoming Captain Marvel movie will be based on Kelly Sue DeConnick's comic book run. While DC looks to have the last big superhero release in 2018 with Aquaman, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will pick back up in 2019 with Captain Marvel. The film stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, and will be directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. [...]

In an interview with Bionic Buzz at the 2018 Ryan Arts Be a Hero Fundraiser, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed that their next film will be based on DeConnick's comics of Captain Marvel. When asked about the origins of Captain Marvel, Feige explained, "The history of Captain Marvel goes back and is rather confusing. The one we're doing is based on Carol Danvers and in particular, the Kelly Sue DeConnick run, which has only been around the last few years, but is really quite inspirational for us".
Wow, that series, or rather, 3-4 different volumes, is what they consider the best, what with all the political correctness inside? That run, which saw Carol turned into a masculine-like figure mockingly referred to as "Carl Manvers", and even seemed to practically mock her feminine looks, was one of the most disgusting, and it never sold sky high receipts either. What's so great about it anyway, and how does it prove inspirational for women? I don't see what pretentious Feige is getting at. His assertion her history is confusing actually makes things worse, and obscures Mar-Vell of the Kree, the original protagonist to take the name. The article also says:
For fans unfamiliar with the Captain Marvel comics, DeConnick worked on the series for three years from 2012 to 2015, leaving Captain Marvel behind after the Secret Wars storyline ended. [...]
Which hints she took part in the crossovers to boot, most likely unquestioned, no matter how badly they took away from stand-alone storytelling.
Since DeConnick's take on Captain Marvel is among the most recent interpretations of the character, it makes sense that Marvel would draw inspiration from her comic books. Similarly, Guardians of the Galaxy also pulled ideas and their roster from the most recent Guardians team, rather than adapting the 1960s version of the heroes. Even though Larson may not have a 7-picture deal with Marvel Studios like previously thought, Captain Marvel will for sure be appearing in Captain Marvel and Avengers 4. Fans still aren't completely sure what will be adapted from the Captain Marvel comic books, but limiting the storyline to DeConnick's run with the character certainly limits the possibilities.
I don't like how they claim to speak for fans without even quoting a few. If it's based on deConnick's run, that's reason enough not to bother. But at the same time, they make an interesting point that using deConnick's run limits possibilities quite a bit, when you could just as easily draw some inspiration from the heroine's prior days when she first befriended Mar-Vell, and first took up her superheroine career at the time she worked for the Daily Bugle and Now magazine in the late 1970s. And whatever they don't consider tasteful, like the Avengers storyline where she was exploited by time-warped Immortus in 1980, they can discard and not use. What's so wrong with past stories that isn't so wrong with today's? All they've done in the end is suggest the history of Carol Danvers just doesn't have enough substance to fill a movie screenplay, and that could wind up becoming the downfall of the film even further.

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