Long before Avengers: Age of Ultron hit theaters, there were rumors that the Marvel Phase Two sequel would introduce Captain Marvel, although the character had not been cast yet. Just a few weeks before the release, producer Kevin Feige confirmed that Captain Marvel was in fact in an earlier version of the script, but they felt the time wasn't right to introduce her yet. If the studio had gone forward with introducing Carol Danvers, she would have appeared at the very end, in a scene where fans first meet the new Avengers, but executive producer Jeremy Latcham offered some more context as to why that didn't happen, during a Q&A session attended by Collider. He explains what the original ending should have been.
"In really early development there was a notion of there'd be a ton of new people. And then it was like, 'Well we haven't really introduced them, we don't know where they're gonna come from,' and Joss (Whedon) kind of did not love that idea. It was an early discussion, and then that kind of became just Captain Marvel, and then that felt weird just to have one new person."
That end scene showcased the Avengers' new facility, with Captain America (Chris Evans) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) leading the team that now includes Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Falcon (Anthony Mackie) War Machine (Don Cheadle) and Vision (Paul Bettany). Kevin Feige also added that the subtext of a line delivered by Cap, in regards to this new team, may have slighted Captain Marvel as a character. Here's what Kevin Feige had to say at the same Q&A about how these new members have to learn how to work as a team.
"And also the subtext was, what does Cap say, 'They're not the '27 Yankees'-well if Captain Marvel is there, what are we saying about her? It needed to be [that] certainly Wanda and Vision, I think to a lesser extent Falcon and Rhodey need to learn what it means to be a team, even the most dysfunctional team in history."
Captain Marvel was one of the new Phase Three movies introduced by Kevin Feige during a Marvel press event back in October. Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) have come aboard to write the script, but the project still doesn't have a director yet. Marvel still hasn't announced who will be playing Carol Danvers yet, but we reported earlier this month that Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation star Rebecca Ferguson is the studio's top candidate. Are you glad that the studio held off on introducing Captain Marvel, or would you have liked to see her pop up at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron?