Captain Marvel Was Originally Supposed to Make Her Marvel Debut in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’
Marvel president Kevin Feige once had big plans to introduce Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Those plans, however, were scrapped in the pre-production process, and the studio decided to give Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) the big moment instead. So why did Marvel decide against introducing Captain Marvel to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Age of Ultron?
Feige opens up about Captain Marvel decision
When Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon was developing the storyline for the film, he originally wrote in a special cameo for Captain Marvel. The scene was towards the end of the movie and would have featured the character flying in and helping the Avengers defeat Ultron.
“The way we reveal Scarlet Witch [in costume] at the end of the movie? Those were Captain Marvel plate shots. Joss said, ‘We’ll cast her later!’ And I said, ‘Yeah Joss, we’ll cast her later.’ [Whispers to an invisible associate who isn’t Joss] ‘We’re not putting her in there!’” Feige shared.
But as the production process wore on, Whedon realized that working Captain Marvel into the script would have been a tall task. So instead of complicating things, he decided to give the scene to Scarlet Witch.
The move made sense with the rest of the storyline and gave Scarlet Witch a more prominent role in the film. But there is another reason why Feige persuaded Whedon to ditch the Captain Marvel idea.
Why did Captain Marvel get cut from ‘Age of Ultron’?
According to Cinema Blend, the biggest reason Feige did not want to introduce Captain Marvel in Age of Ultron was that most fans would not have recognized her.
The majority of characters in the MCU are given their own solo movie that explores their origins before they crossover. At the time of Age of Ultron, Marvel had not even cast Larson as Captain Marvel, let alone explained her storyline.
So having her fly into a scene and start fighting with the rest of the Avengers would not have made sense in Feige’s mind. The studio wanted to wait a few more years and give Captain Marvel her own movie before giving her a cameo in Avengers: Endgame.
What’s interesting to think about is who Marvel might have cast if they had followed through with Whedon’s original plan. Filming for the movie started in 2014 and Larson did not come to prominence until a year later.
There is a strong chance that if Whedon had got his wish, Larson would not have been cast to play Captain Marvel at all.
Marvel reveals the true form of the Supreme Intelligence
In addition to the Captain Marvel news, a deleted scene from the movie revealed the real form of the Supreme Intelligence.
As fans will recall, Carol was trained by the Krees on their home planet before returning to Earth. The Krees were controlled by a creature known as the Supreme Intelligence, though we never got a proper look at it.
That all changed, however, in the Infinity Saga set, which features a deleted scene of the Supreme Intelligence.
The scene that was cut shows Captain Marvel coming face-to-face with the Supreme Intelligence for the last time. After Carol blasts it into some water, the being changed into its real form and told her that they are not finished.
The only reason the scene was left out of the movie is that the director felt like it took away from the main focus, which was Carol’s transformation into Captain Marvel.
When will we get ‘Captain Marvel 2’?
Marvel announced this past summer that it is working on a Captain Marvel 2, though the project is pretty far down the line. The studio currently has a slew of movies premiering over the next two years — and Captain Marvel 2 is not one of them.
In a recent interview, Larson was asked if she knew anything about the timeline for Captain Marvel 2. The actress revealed that she has no idea when filming is going to start, though she is excited about whatever comes next in her career.
“No. I don’t really know what job I’m going to do next, which is very exciting. I don’t even know what my life’s gonna be!” Larson shared.
With Marvel not announcing a premiere date that, unfortunately, means that the highly anticipated Captain Marvel sequel will probably not open in theaters until 2022 at the earliest.