The Marvels Will Explore The Human Side Of Superheroes – Screen Rant

The Marvels director Nia DaCosta says that her film will explore the human side of being a superhero and dig deeper into Carol Danvers’s character.
The Marvels will explore the human side of being a superhero, says the film’s director Nia DaCosta. A sequel to the 2019 hit film Captain Marvel, The Marvels will see Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) join forces with Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) from the upcoming Disney+ series Ms. Marvel and Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), who first appeared as an adult in WandaVision. The film was originally set to release in November 2022, but with the recent delay, it will be the first MCU film of 2023, opening in theaters on February 17, 2023.
The Marvels will be helmed by Candyman director Nia DaCosta, who recently became the first Black woman director to have a movie open at number 1 at the box office. DaCosta’s previous movie, Little Woods, was a critical hit when it premiered at the Tribecca Film Festival in 2018 and showcased the director’s strong abilities to tackle character-centric stories, making her the ideal candidate for The Marvels and its large roster of superpowered women with close interpersonal relations. DaCosta has teased that Marvel Studios has given her more creative control than she had on her own prior films, and now is getting into what that may mean for the upcoming film.
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In an interview with Inverse, DaCosta touched on what she wants to tackle in her film The Marvels. She particularly wants to explore what it is like for the characters to be human as opposed to superheroes. In particular, she is interested in exploring Carol Danvers as a character and getting to know her fears, anxieties, and thoughts on being the most powerful being in the MCU. DaCosta’s full quote can be read below.
“For The Marvels, my biggest thing going into it was making sure I approached these characters as human beings and not necessarily as superheroes. I want to know more about Captain Marvel. Who is she? What are her fears? What drives her? How do you actually deal with being the most powerful being in the universe? How does that weigh on you? That’s the sort of thing I want to explore.”
Given the massive time jump between the events of Captain Marvel and the character’s reappearance in Avengers: Endgame, there is a lot to explore with Carol Danvers. WandaVision teased a conflict between Carol and Monica Rambeau, which is likely to be explored in The Marvels. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings‘ post-credits scene established Carol is more involved with the other heroes of the MCU, suggesting she is a more public figure and could set the stage for Ms. Marvel, as in the comics, Carol is Kamala Khan’s favorite superhero.
Captain Marvel is the strongest superhero in MCU, and making a follow-up film for her was always going to be a challenge. It is a similar issue that DC often finds when dealing with Superman stories. DaCosta seems to be suggesting that the conflict will be as much internal as it is external. When Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created The Fantastic Four in 1961, what made them and the rest of the Marvel heroes a hit with fans is the rich complex personal lives the heroes had and the struggles they dealt with. Unlike the more upright paragons of moral virtue that were the DC heroes of the Golden and Silver Age, the Marvel heroes’ superpowers didn’t make their lives easier, and it often made them harder than before. Marvel Comics changed the way superhero stories were told, and DaCosta seems to be applying that same creative ethos to The Marvels.
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Source: Inverse
Richard Fink is a news writer for Screen Rant. He graduated from Arizona State University in 2016 with a degree in Film and Media Production. He loves the finer things in life, like cold Diet Coke on a hot summer day. Richard is a fan of all things Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and Film History.

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