Captain Marvel is getting her own feature film in 2019, but Jessica Jones showrunner Melissa Rosenberg has revealed that she was originally going to be a part of the recently debuted show. In an interview with IGN, Rosenberg reveals how Danvers factored into the original version of the show for ABC before moving networks.
"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."
In her place, Marvel Studios and Rosenberg ended up incorporating Patricia "Patsy" Walker (a.k.a. Hellcat), played by Rachael Taylor.
"But as it turned out, Patsy Walker ended up being an incredibly—a much more appropriate fit with Jessica," said Rosenberg. "It was better that her best friend was not someone with powers. It actually ends up being a really great mirror for her."
This would be the second time Carol Danvers was removed from a Marvel Cinematic Universe project, as earlier this year Joss Whedon said that Captain Marvel and Spider-Man were planned for the final scene of Avengers: Age of Ultron before being nixed.