Perlman recently spoke with The Great Big Beautiful Podcast (via MCU Exchange) and discussed the pressure of working on Marvel Studios’ first female-led movie.
“I think theres a tendency to have that back and forth conversation of ‘Should it affect the story at all?’ or ‘Should it affect the writing?’” Perlman said. “I think that making sure that Captain Marvel is not somebody who is a hero in SPITE of her femininity is important.”
The screenwriter, who also worked on the first Thor and Guardians of the Galaxy films and is currently writing a comic featuring Gamora, said Captain Marvel is a strong character and that “her being a woman is part of that strength.”
Perlman added that she’s very aware of the different aspects at play when dealing with the character’s legitimacy.
“I will say that there are certain tropes you can get away without having to examine too much if you’re not writing the first female Marvel Studios lead; that could be read into a lot or that could diminish hero own proactivity, strength, and independence,” Perlman said to the podcast. “There are things you wouldn’t think twice about Iron Man but you would think twice about for Captain Marvel.”
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Next up for Marvel is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on May 5, 2017. Spider-Man: Homecoming lands on July 7, 2017, followed by Thor: Ragnarok on November 3, 2017. After that Black Panther debuts on February 16, 2018, while Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018. Ant-Man and the Wasp is slated for July 6, 2018, followed by Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019.