When it was announced that Captain Marvel would be set in the 90’s fans were pretty excited to hear that but also a little confused. Why did we need the jump back in time to tell this story if it’s not an origin story? It turns out that the idea to set it in this time period was pretty deliberate according to Entertainment Weekly and executive producer Jonathan Schwartz.
“It’s giving Carol a place in the cinematic universe that she can carve out for her own, where she wasn’t one superheroine out of many,” executive producer Schwartz explains.
There’s also the opportunity to throw in a bunch of movie references that are old enough to make the adults in the audience laugh but maybe not completely alienate the kids.
“’90s action movie is not the worst reference in the world, especially when you start looking at Robocop, Total Recall, even Starship Troopers a little bit,” Schwartz says. “Terminator 2, Independence Day. There’s a high-concept action-movie feel there that ends up being very character-based but also super badass, which is kind of the bullseye we wanted to hit.”
Director Anna Boden points out that anyone in their 30’s or older often says that the 90’s don’t feel like it was that far away when it actually was. This lead to some amusing revelations on set.
“The ‘90s doesn’t feel that long ago to us because we’re really old,” Boden says with a laugh. “But doing this movie has really made us realize how out of date so much stuff from the ‘90s actually is, and we’ve been having a lot of fun with that.”
Meanwhile, after seeing Carol Danvers in a Nine Inch Nails shirt, fans are wondering which song of theirs is her favorite and what is on Carol’s mix-tape. Marvel fans always ask the most important questions. When does the spotify playlist come out?
Summary: Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.
Captain Marvel, directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, will also star Brie Larson, Jude Law, Gemma Chan, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Samuel L. Jackson. The film is set for release on March 8th, 2019.