Yes, Captain Marvel is a period film. As a ’90s kid, it’s hard to believe that setting something in the ’90s actually makes it a period film, but I guess that happens when you get older. The reality is that the era, like others, is almost a living, breathing organism in and of itself, and it looks like directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck seem to be taking full advantage of that for the movie’s style.
Collider had a chance to attend a roundtable with Captain Marvel’s executive producer Jonathan Schwartz, and in their discussions, the ’90s era aspect was brought up. It turns out the film is kind of being thought of as a ’90s action movie:
“It feels weird calling it a genre, but the genre is 90s action movie. Like, if you think about movies like RoboCop or Total Recall or Terminator 2 or Independence Day, I think there are common action movie threads that you can tease through those movies, which are what we’re trying to pick up on in this movie.”
It is weird to think of those movies as a specific type of movie, but he’s not wrong about them having a specific feel (though RoboCop is an ’80s movie so…). I honestly couldn’t tell you what it is about those movies that make them what they are, but it has me interested to see if it’ll fill me with nostalgia.
And speaking of ’90s, it’s also set in that era. At this point, the story within the MCU has been pretty widespread, spanning multiple decades. So what was it about the ’90s that made it especially appealing to the filmmakers for Captain Marvel. Schwartz said:
“Very early in the development process I think we kind of seized on the idea of setting it in the 90s as a way to kind of let the character carve out her own space in the Cinematic Universe and give her a lot of thematic weight and significance to the Universe. It’s more or less this adventure that’s going to inspire a lot of what we see in the MCU and kind of being able to see those things in this movie that blossom in other movies and already have blossomed in other movies, is one of the big excitements.”
Captain Marvel hits theaters on March 8, 2019.
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