Kevin Feige Explains Why Captain Marvel Didn’t Have A Love Interest

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While Captain Marvel wasn’t the first MCU film not to have a romantic subplot for its lead, it was the first solo debut of the superhero saga not to feature an obvious love interest. And according Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, this trope was left out because, quite simply, it didn’t have a place in the story

In an interview with ScreenRant, the producer explained that Captain Marvel was a journey of self-discovery that was characterized more by friendship than romance:

“Well that was something as we were developing the script and queuing off of the comics as always, it never even occurred to have a love interest. That’s not what the movie was about. It was about Carol finding herself and growing and making mistakes and being bolstered up by her female mentors and female friends.”

While there’s nothing stopping Marvel from giving Carol a love interest somewhere down the line (in which case, the fans have already offered a couple of suggestions), it’s probably for the best that they didn’t feel the need shoehorn in this trope when the drama didn’t call for it (yes, we’re looking at you, Avengers: Age of Ultron).

In any case, with the emphasis on friendship, Feige went on to explain how Carol’s bond with Maria Rambeau forms an important part of the heroine’s journey, crediting actress Lashana Lynch for the subplot’s success:

“And that relationship with Maria was very important. It was something that was, and frankly I give all credit to Lashana who was amazing and who, and I don’t know if it’s a spoiler or not, but the unique structure of the origin story that this movie has. Initially we were like, is that bond going to be strong enough? Are we having not experienced it in real time upfront when they get to Louisiana? Is it going to land? And we saw the frankly the audition and then the dailies. Oh it’s landing there. They’re amazing.”

As it stands, it’s unclear what sort of future, if any, Maria might have in the MCU. After all, the end of Captain Marvel saw the title character blast off into space, and for all we know, she may not have returned to Earth for over twenty years. Still, Feige has previously hinted that Captain Marvel 2 will be another period film that picks up where the first movie left off, so perhaps Lynch isn’t done with the saga quite yet.

At the very least, it’s widely predicted that Maria’s daughter Monica will grow up to be a character of note in the franchise, but before we find out what’s next for the Rambeaus, Captain Marvel will be getting acquainted with a new set of friends when Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26th.

Source: Screen Rant

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