Captain Marvel is going to be an origin story for one of the most powerful superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It's not just Carol Danvers that we are meeting, we are getting introduced to a younger Nick Fury long before he had an eye patch and was in charge of S.H.I.E.L.D. Not only are we seeing this character in a new light, but we're also getting a look at what the Marvel Universe looked like in this particular time period. There are huge time gaps where we have no idea what this world looked like. Now we get to explore it through Carol and Nick's eyes. Yahoo got the chance to speak to Samuel L. Jackson and was asked about what makes this version of Nick Fury different.
"He's younger," Jackson shot back bluntly in true suffering-no-fools fashion. "About 30 years younger. And not as jaded about the world yet. He hasn't grown into his cynicism yet."
Executive producer Jonathan Schwartz talked about this mini origin story for Nick Fury. He's a major player in the Marvel universe but we don't know that much about him. This movie is going to show us a bit about what this man was like before he asked Tony Stark about the Avengers Initiative.
"There is a Nick Fury origin story in there," said Schwartz. "It becomes a two hander for parts of it. So. We sort of wanted to give the audience that kind of young Nick Fury origin story and it's all there. Hopefully in a way that compliments Carol's adventure, too."
The Marvel movies have played with the idea of time a couple of times. We've seen several de-aged actors but Captain Marvel is the first time a character will be de-aged throughout the entire movie. Jackson isn't the only one, with Clark Gregg also returning as Phil Coulson and getting de-aged.
"Thankfully, both Clark and Sam look amazing, which is a big help for us," said Schwartz. "It's certainly more shots than we've had to do in other movies. We've de-aged Robert, who looks amazing, and Kurt, who also looks amazing. We've been very lucky with the actors who've gone through this process. But this will be significantly more in a movie than we've ever done before, which is a fun challenge to have. But I don't think we could ever ask someone to step into Sam Jackson's shoes, so I'm glad we're doing it."
Fury has his own arc in this movie and it's about watching him evolve into the person we will eventually meet in Iron Man. Carol Danvers is going to play an important part in that evolution.
"We're meeting Nick Fury at a very interesting time in his life," Schwartz said. "It's kind of the mid 90s the Cold War is over, the war on terror hasn't begun yet. It's a little bit of a slow period for worldwide espionage. And I think Fury is kind of wondering what his place in the world is, in a world where he feels maybe a little obsolete. And then aliens come down from outer space." Added Jackson: "The next problem will be convincing everyone else that that's true."
Finally, Jackson was asked what was the best part of playing this version of Nick Fury. Jackson has sadly been absent from the Marvel universe since Avengers: Age of Ultron so his first response was "payday". However, he went on to explain how this time period in Fury's life will really shape him.
"Yeah, [the] payday's nice. Most enjoyable thing about him… he's not burdened by the weight of the world the way he is [in later movies] and he hadn't come to resent the powers that be in terms of how they view the world and how they view what he does. And the seriousness of the situation. They're totally unaware of it right now. So his next challenge is convincing them that we do need to enlist people who have extraordinary gifts that can help us defend not just the country but the world."
It's going to be a lot of fun to see different versions of familiar characters in this movie. The journey is important and seeing what made Fury the man he is and Coulson the man he is will only make them more interesting as characters.
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.