A couple days ago Marvel fans started to reacting to images of Brie Larson in her Captain Marvel costume. And the details look great, except for one tiny problem, the color. As someone who has LOVED Captain Marvel since before she donned her current costume, I have a few thoughts.
Let me start by saying I’ve always been a Carol Danvers fan. It didn’t matter when she was a human woman, when she was half-kree, when she was Binary, or anything in between.
The reasons I admire Carol Danvers have NOTHING to do with what she wears, and considering she’s fabulous feminist who came to her powers in the 70’s, what a superhero wears should for the most part be secondary to the content of their character.
With that out of the way though, no other Marvel hero so far has had major alterations to their signature looks, Captain America is still star-spangled (and to quote Carol Danvers in Stay Fly – as “subtle as the Fourth of July”), Thor for the most part wears armor and a cape, Bruce Banner still get’s green and muscly when he Hulks out (though his eyebrows were so fab in Ragnarok) , let’s look at Brie Larson’s revealed outfit side by side.
Now, compared to the comics, things are a bit green… and quite underwhelming.
There may be a few reasons for the change. Point 1 is that the MCU may have wanted her to stand out more from the Avengers. Her current costume in the comics has so much red and blue that she blends a bit with Captain America and Iron Man.
Considering they haven’t included her as an Avenger yet (which is a darn shame if you ask me), the MCU may want to distinguish her more as an outsider.
Additionally (consider this Point 1.5), in the comics Captain Marvel… specifically Mar-Vell (Jude Law’s character) wore green at different points, like many a Kree warrior. So the MCU may want a stronger tie in with her Kree powers… and maybe are just combining both looks into one costume for her.
Finally, there may just be a technical reason for the green. Under both the names (Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel), Carol Danvers has used her powers in space and it’ll be quite a blast to watch her use her energy bursts on the big screen. To make it look awesome, it’s possible that her costume will be altered in post-production, and the current colors are needed for the CGI.
Regardless of the reasons for the green costume, I’m looking forward to seeing what they do with Carol Danvers, and what the MCU (hopefully) gets right about her character, even if they have to change her costume to do it.
I may eventually get around to writing a post about why I love Carol Danvers so much, but for now, my love of the character trumps my cares about her costume. As long as they get her origin story done right, and as long as she remains the same strong, self-sufficient heroine, then that’s all that matters.
What are your thoughts on the recent look at the MCU costume?