If you’re a screenwriter who grew up with Marvel Comics, you might have an uphill battle ahead of you trying to land a gig at Marvel Studios. According to longtime producer Nate Moore, it’s a bit of a “red flag” for the studio to seek out a writer who’s already a lifelong fan. Moore said in a recent podcast stop that he thinks those who like the brand may already be on a certain storyline from the source material rather than being flexible enough to explore a different one.
“One thing I find interesting, and specifically for writers, I would often say, we’re pitched writers who love Marvel. And to me that’s always a red flag. Because I go, ‘Oh, I don’t want you already have a pre-existing idea of what it is, because you grew up with number 15 and that’s what you want to recreate…” Moore said in an episode of The City with Matt Belloni (through The direct).
He added, “I want someone who’s tough on the material, who’s like, ‘What’s this? I think there’s a movie here, but maybe we should look at it this way.'”
Moore then pointed to the likes of Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, and Taika Waititi. According to the producer, none of those three grew up to be big comic book readers, and they all oversaw drastic character changes — changes that became a hit with moviegoers around the world.
“The best example of that for me was Markus and McFeely, who weren’t comedic guys coming up, but were like, ‘Wait, Captain America, this seems kind of weird. What if we looked at it this way?’ And they weren’t married to anything, nothing was, you know, there was nothing sacred,” the producer added. “And I think that’s important to be able to go, ‘Look, the source material is great, and I love it, and comics work in the medium they’re built into, but that’s not a direct, one-to-one translation to the best version of the film.’ And sometimes it takes someone outside of this culture to say, ‘Hey, I know you think it should be this, but maybe it should be this other one.'”
The film sees the return of Letitia Wright as Shuri, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Angela Bassett as Ramonda and Martin Freeman as Everett Ross. New cast members include Tenoch Huerta as Namor, Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams / Ironheart, Michaela Coel as Aneka, Mabel Cadena as Namora, and Alex Livinalli as Attuma.
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