Captain Marvel resumes shooting later this year with Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck at the helm. Not an awful lot is known about the movie beyond the fact that it takes place in the 1990s and will pit Carol Danvers against the Skrulls. During a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Kevin Feige was asked to elaborate on what’s to come in the 2019 release and it’s shaping up to be something special.
Asked how the time period Captain Marvel takes place in will open up new storytelling possibilities for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Feige pointed to Nick Fury playing a key role in proceedings and indicated that it homaging 90s action movies will make it feel very, very different to past releases.
“We wanted to explore a period before Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury had any idea about any of the other heroes and crazy stuff going on in the world. You know, we first met Nick when he told Tony, “You’re part of a big universe. You just don’t know yet.” Well, we want to go back to a time when he didn’t know it yet, and really showcase and announce that Carol Danvers was that first hero that Nick came across. That meant she could be the singular hero, but place it within timing of the MCU. It also got us talking about different genres, exploring this notion of sort of the ‘90s action film. We hadn’t necessarily done anything like that before either, so there are definitely homages to our favorite ‘90s action films within Captain Marvel.”
As for which movies from that period have inspired Captain Marvel, Feige mentioned Terminator 2 and confirmed that the majority of Carol Davers’ solo adventure is mostly going to be set in outer space.
“[Not] necessarily talking about any particulars of the story, but the action elements Terminator 2. That’s about as iconic as you get, looking at kind of those cool street level fights, street level car chases, and fun stuff like that. That being said, much of the movie takes place in outer space, as you might think a Captain Marvel movie would. Like all of our genre inspirations, there are bits and pieces here and there.”
After Black Panther paid a brief visit to 1992, Feige was quizzed on whether or not we could start seeing more origin stories take place in this period, the Marvel Studios President made it clear that there’s a very specific reason why Carol’s story plays out here and it doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll see her hanging out with a younger T’Chaka when she blasts on to the big screen a year from now.
“I would say no. I mean, in terms of Captain Marvel and a young T’Chaka in ’92, no. That’s not where we’re headed. But we would talk about the ancestral plane sequence [in Black Panther] where, towards the end of the movie, T’Challa takes the herb again and encounters his father, where he’s like, “Hey, man. We’ve kind of screwed up, and I want to change it.” There’s that moment where all of the ancestors come behind T’Chaka. We would joke and go, “I want to see … what’s their story? What’s that story? Who was Bashenga, the first king of Wakanda? Who’s that third to the left, behind T’Chaka? What was their story in Wakanda in 1938? That would be cool.” It all starts as conversations like that. The more audiences want to see these stories, the more opportunities we have to explore different places and time.”