‘Captain Marvel’ Was Originally Set to Debut in Marvel/Netflix’s ‘Jessica Jones’

Carol Danvers was ultimately replaced with Trish Walker.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to rapidly grow with the recent release of Jessica Jones on Netflix.

We loved the first season of Jessica Jones, and we loved its many awesome female characters, but one of these characters was supposed to be the elusive Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel.

Melissa Rosenberg, the executive producer of Jessica Jones, sat down with IGN and explained that Captain Marvel was changed with another character due to the format differences between network television and Netflix.

“Back when it was at ABC Network, I did use Carol Danvers,” Rosenberg said. “But between then and when it ended up on Netflix, you know, the MCU shifted, and it also shifted away from the universe in the [comic] book. So in the book, the powers are very out in the open and the themes of that are about ‘the other,’ and in the cinematic universe that’s not the mythology. So there was a lot that I had to move away from, just in terms of sheer plot, and Carol Danvers got her own movie.”

To replace the original Carol Danvers role, Rosenberg explained that another Marvel character fit the required part well.

“But as it turned out, Patsy Walker ended up being an incredibly—a much more appropriate fit with Jessica. It was better that her best friend was not someone with powers. It actually ends up being a really great mirror for her.”

Rachael Taylor portrays Patsy “Trish” Walker in the series. In the comics, Walker fights crime under the alias “Hellcat,” and is often seen with The Defenders, which include Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Daredevil.


Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) and Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor)

As for Carol Danvers, Marvel has yet to cast this evasive superheroine. Names ranging from Emily Blunt to Ronda Rousey have swirled round the rumor mill, but recent reports suggest Marvel is courting Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’s Rebecca Ferguson for the role; but again, nothing has been confirmed.

Who will play Captain Marvel? Will she ever appear before her movie?

Should you watch Jessica Jones

Yes. Yes you should.

Jessica Jones is now streaming on Netflix.

Captain Marvel comes to theaters on March 8, 2019.


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