in the wake of its cover story two weeks back, Entertainment Weekly has been chatting with numerous stars involved in the upcoming “Captain Marvel” movie at Marvel Studios and have learned quite a bit more about the film which is set in the 1990s and is skipping the origin story element.
The story follows former Air Force Pilot Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. So she must go undercover back on her old home planet to stop it.
Brie Larson plays the part-Kree, part-human titular warrior who has God-like powers but also is very human with aggressive, impulsive and hotheaded tendencies:
“You have this Kree part of her that’s unemotional, that is an amazing fighter and competitive. Then there’s this human part of her that is flawed but is also the thing that she ends up leading by. It’s the thing that gets her in trouble, but it’s also the thing that makes her great. And those two sides warring against each other is what makes her her.”
Jude Law plays the leader of the military team known as the Starforce. While his name remains under wraps, he’s said to be “Kree to the core” and “driven by a belief in the divine leadership of the Kree people.” As a result, he’s a devout warrior who is unquestioning, conservative and inspirational. At the same time, he has a special relationship with Carol, a mentor-protege deal which sees them engaged in a lot of back and forth.
Samuel L. Jackson will play a two-eyed Nick Fury in this and says this will be the moment where he first encounters a world of superheroes and aliens, and so tries to adapt:
“This is a mind-changing, attitude-changing moment for him that leads him to become the person that we know. He [now] understands that there are these other things out there. He understands that they’re not all enemies, and we do need to find allies who have specific kinds of skills that humans don’t have. And trying to convince people above him is a difficult task because they haven’t seen it or experienced it.”
Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Coulson, this version still a relatively new S.H.I.E.L.D. agent obsessed with MC Hammer and dresses like him, but in doing so makes Director Fury very angry – “The genie pants don’t really go with the Armani” says Gregg who adds the new version of Coulson is “a little less crusty and jaded”.
Ben Mendelsohn plays Talos, the villain of the piece and the leader of the shape-shifting Skrulls in the film and confirms he’ll be using his native Australian accent when in Skrull form and will adopt an American accent when in human guise. That human guise will be right in the thick of it too as he’s also Nick Fury’s boss. Talking his dual roles he says:
“I mean, when you’re Skrullin’, it’s a bit of a different thing. Its a got a certain flow to it that this guy [gestures to human costume] doesn’t have. Because this guy doesn’t sound like this. This guy is [adopts American accent] a lot more like, straight up, ready to do the work, very military-industrial complex certain 1990-whatever. A lot more buttoned up.
Skrullin’ is a bit more laid back, a bit tougher. A little bit nastier? Maybe? Maybe. You got sharper nails, stuff like that. The thing is, when you’re Skrullin’, there’s a kind of take-no-prisoners vibe about it, which is more relaxed. This guy’s got to follow protocol because it’s S.H.I.E.L.D. Skrullin’, you’re punching through shields. You’re taking shields off people and using them on people. So it’s kind of more fun to play.”
Executive producer Jonathan Schwartz says tone wise the production is going for the 1990s movie aesthetic ala “Terminator 2,” “Total Recall” and “Independence Day” – high-concept action films which are very character-based and aim to be “super badass”.
“Captain Marvel” opens in cinemas on March 8th 2019 with the first trailer to arrive via “Good Morning America” on Tuesday with Larson herself showing up on the talk show to show it off says MCU Tweets. The film comes ahead of the fourth “Avengers” film in May next year, and high resolution individual character images from that film have gone online as well this week, check those out below: