MCU Chief Kevin Feige Explains Captain Marvel’s 1990s Setting

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Given its close proximity to Infinity War and the so-far untitled Avengers 4, the decision to situate Captain Marvel in the 1990s almost comes off as a no-brainer.

It is an origin story, after all, while there was also the very real concern that introducing Carol Danvers in the current MCU would have interfered with Marvel’s continuity. How could a superhero of Captain Marvel‘s stature remain hidden for so long?

Thankfully, this is a franchise with magical wizards and mind-bending netherworlds (read: the Quantum Realm), and if Infinity War taught us anything, it’s that Marvel Studios is about to play fast and loose with the constructs of time.

But first things first: a standalone Captain Marvel movie that journeys back to MCU past – the 1990s, to be specific, where Kevin Feige hopes to channel the raw energy of Hollywood’s action classics.

The answer is, you’ll see in the storytelling of the movie. But it allows us to play in an area that we have never played in before and tapping into a ’90s action genre was fun for us and being able to see an earlier part of the MCU before Nick Fury knew anything about aliens or anything about super-powered people and also tapping into the Kree-Skrull War, which in the comics was a huge part of the comic mythology, seemed like a fun thing to try and a fun way to give Carol Danvers her own standalone origin story.

This interview originally took place back in April, when the Toronto Sun (h/t Cinema Blend) caught up with Feige to talk all things Infinity War. Still, it makes for interesting reading in light of Ant-Man and the Wasp and its own ties to the Quantum Realm.

With Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck behind the wheel, Captain Marvel is now entering the final stages of production – just don’t expect a surprise appearance at SDCC, as Marvel Studios plans to skip this year’s movie showcase altogether.

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