It’s been known for a while that ‘Captain Marvel’ will be set in the 1990s, but not why. With the film now shooting for release next year, it seems that more details are emerging including the explanation as to why ‘Captain Marvel’ is a period film, and according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, it has less to do with the title character than filling in a missing piece of the larger Marvel Universe puzzle and mainly applies to Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, the behind-the-scenes string-puller that debuted in a brief cameo in Marvel Studio’s first film ‘Iron Man’.
As Feige explained:
“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.”
The question arises as to exactly what he means by ’90s action movies. Are we talking ‘Independence Day’ or ‘Con Air’? ‘Jurassic Park’ or ‘Point Break’? Actually, Feige clarified, that ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’ was an influence on the action sequences.
Other than that, however, it does help explain a line that most of us probably missed or forgot. Nick Fury seemed to know that there were other super beings out there, but over time, it became clear that Captain America was the first, but was believed to be dead. Then there were believed to be none others until Iron Man arrived in the modern era. But clearly Fury knew something more. Now this explains that.
What do you think about Captain Marvel essentially being the first hero of the modern era… even though she’s been conspicuously absent since?
‘Captain Marvel’ directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, stars Brie Larson, Jude Law as Mar-Vell, Ben Mendelsohn possibly as Yon-Rog, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, DeWanda Wise as Monica Rambeau and Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva. It will hit theaters on March 8, 2019.
Source: Entertainment Weekly