Kevin Feige Discusses Why They Set CAPTAIN MARVEL In The 90s
I guess I should do a spoiler warning hear for Avengers: Infinity War, but, as I’ve said before, if your’e on this site you’ve most likely seen it several times.
Still… Just in case…
The post credits scene for Infinity War shows Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury whipping out an old style pager and sending a message to none other than Captain Marvel just as he falls victim to The Snappening. It’s obvious she’s going to play a big role in Avengers 4, but first we get to meet her in her solo film this March.
The film will feature Oscar winner Brie Larson (Room) in the title role, as well as a digitally de-aged Jackson and the triumphant big screen return of Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson. He’ll also be taking a dip in the digital fountain of youth.
Why all this CGI sorcery to reduce the age of actors who, to be honest, have aged extraordinarily well? Because Captain Marvel takes place in the 1990s.
Why go back 30+ years to tell Carol Danvers story? Kevin Feige can answer that one:
“The answer is, you’ll see in the storytelling of the movie. But it allows us to play in an area that we have never played in before and tapping into a ’90s action genre was fun for us and being able to see an earlier part of the MCU before Nick Fury knew anything about aliens or anything about super-powered people and also tapping into the Kree-Skrull War, which in the comics was a huge part of the comic mythology, seemed like a fun thing to try and a fun way to give Carol Danvers her own standalone origin story.”
I think its a good idea to do something a little different for the origin of Captain Marvel. Making it a period piece is a nice start, but let’s hope the outside the box thinking doesn’t end there.
According to producer Nate More it won’t:
“I think the way the film opens is much different than an origin movie, and because she is a heroine that you haven’t seen before, we’re able to tell this story structurally in a way that will feel unexpected and hopefully will keep audiences off balance,” producer Nate Moore said in a previous interview. “Still balanced enough that they can enjoy the film, but even just making it a period film is sort of interesting in that it’s not just a function of the world as we know it in the MCU today.”
Last, but not least, here’s the film’s writer, Geneva Robertson-Dworet, on what it was like to adapt Captain Marvel for her theatrical debut:
“We really were bringing so much of what was already in the comics onto the screen, it felt like, in terms of the amazing character who’s so funny and sassy and talks back, and she’s fearless. I love that Carol Danvers is so funny. She has a blast when she kicks ass. Those comics are amazing! It’s an amazing world and sandbox to play in. You’re working with incredible creative people, every day. I had a total dream experience.”
Captain Marvel hits theaters March 8, 2019.