There are numerous aspects of Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) worth celebrating in Captain Marvel. One, she’s half-human and half-Kree, a militaristic race of galaxy-protecting aliens. She’s an incredibly powerful warrior with gifts we haven’t yet seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But she’s also a noted officer in the United States Air Force, and that component will be very important to her origin movie, Captain Marvel. Knowing that, CinemaBlend and AMC Theatres traveled to Scott Air Force Base in Missouri to collect actual questions from Air Force servicemen and women, and present them to Larson. Here’s how it went:
The airmen and women of Scott Air Force Base came up with incredible questions for Brie Larson, many of which she admits she never heard before. That’s one benefit of turning the spotlight over to non-journalists who think of different angles and inquiries about the movies coming to theaters.
Also, there’s the military knowledge and background possessed by the men and women of Scott Air Force Base that informs their questions and gives them a boost. Brie Larson really seemed to connect to the notion that Carol Danvers and her portrayal in the film could inspire a new generation of pilots and recruits, something that few Marvel Studios characters can claim.
In Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers is a partial Kree warrior already engaged in the ongoing Kree-Skrull war. She returns to Earth in pursuit of a Skrull – shape-shifting baddie aliens who mean all sorts of harm – and realizes that she has a past on our planet that’s blocked by amnesia.
Enter Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Fury is intrigued by the presence of this new entity. If she exists, are there others like her? And will we eventually need a team of our own to possible protect Earth from alien threats? An… Avengers squad, assembled?
Captain Marvel will be a unique MCU movie in that it’s the second traditional prequel (with Captain America: The First Avenger being the first actual period piece on the MCU timeline). Though the character was teased at the very end of Avengers: Infinity War, this movie will leap backward to the 1990s, filling in a gap to explain where Carol has been during these early stages of the MCU. And, naturally, we expect Captain Marvel to be a big part of the solution when the surviving Avengers launch a counterstrike against Thanos (Josh Brolin) in Avengers: Endgame.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. First, we have to get to Captain Marvel, which stars Brie Larson, Jude Law, Annette Bening, Gemma Chan, Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg and Ben Mendelsohn. It opens in theaters on March 8. We will have plenty more coverage from the Captain Marvel press days as we lead up to the film’s opening, so stay tuned.
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Sean created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.