Ben Mendelsohn as a skrull in captain marvel

Question: What can you tell us about Ben Mendelsohn’s character.

Schwartz: Ben kind of plays the face of the Skrulls the leader of the Skrulls and that’s that’s Talos. Over the course of the movie he’ll shapeshift a little bit so we’ll get to see him in human form as he saw that sizzle. I think it’s sort of fun to show off both the Skrulls powers and Ben’s range as an actor because he’s very different in all of those parts. It’s been super fun to watch. I his name.

Question: When we here Skrulls we think Secret Invasion. Has that been on your mind or been discussed? Because I feel like after seeing this movie I’m going to be like every character in the MCU and be like that’s a Skrull.

Schwartz: That’s cool right? Yes we talked about Secret Invasion. I wouldn’t go into this movie saying ‘Which one of these superheroes is a skrull?” Because Carol’s is more or less the first superhero to show up on Earth. But are we planting seeds for future movies? Always.

Question: Do you play with paranoia.

Schwartz: Yes.

Question: How are you approaching Jude’s character because obviously, that character is a huge legacy in the comics.

Schwartz: I think Ryan and Anna and the writers we’ve worked with have really interesting takes on Jude’s character. Jude does play a mentor type character and I think it’s a challenge like you said to make sure that the mentee part of that equation shines. But I think we found a way into the character and kind of into their relationship. That’s really interesting and that people aren’t going to expect.

Question: Can you talk about Star force?

Schwartz: Yeah. There’s a character named Bron Char played by Rune Temte who is amazing. Captain Atlas played by Alegenis Soto, you may recognize him from Ryan’s movie Sugar which was amazing which I highly recommend and Jemma Chan is playing Minerva. She’s called Dr. Minerva in the comics too. They’re all super cool they sort of form this like outer space Seal Team 6 and there’s a lot of amazing action with all of them together in the early going with the movie. Oh yeah and Korath, I’m so sorry. And Djimon Hounsou character Korath who he’s reprising from Guardians one and Ronan of course we’ll see as part of that Kree action early in the movie.

Question: Will we see sword, the space version of shield, or any other cosmic things?

Schwartz: I don’t think we have Sword in this movie and this movie kind of takes place before Earth is aware of aliens or superheroes or any of that. So it would be pre-Avengers, Pre Sword, Pre Iron Man. Pre All of that. And the second part of your question?

Question: Any other cosmic stuff besides Kree and Skrulls?

Schwartz: It’s really focused on the Kree Skrull war. There are little elements there of other stuff and sort of Blink and you miss it moments. But the Kree Skrull conflict is kind of the heart of the movie.

Question: Why is earth part of the Kree Skrull war?

Schwartz: You’re going to have to watch the movie.

Question: Well knowing the war goes back centuries, how much does the movie delve into that history and how much did we see?

Schwartz: You’ll see as much as is necessary to get Captain Marvel moving on her story. It’s a conflict that’s dealt with in a very real way hopefully without overloading the audience with exposition which we never want to do. But I think the thrust of the movie is to get our characters in the action as quickly as we can and get that story moving.

Question: Does it become a background conflict that the story is taking place during?

Schwartz: Yeah it’s an age-old conflict that our story. Picks up during.

Question: Speaking of the Kree Skrull war in the comic itself it has political elements that are tied into like sort of paranoia, will that be in the movie?

Schwartz: If you’re talking about kind of the Anti-superhero act stuff from the comics? Not Really. There is a paranoia element that’s a little bit different from what’s in that specific storyline. But it’s not kind of related to the anti-superhero who could be a Skrull comic stuff. And what I’d say about the Kree Skrull war overall is it’s much more of a kind of backdrop and mythological underpinning for the movie than it is a direct lift of that plot like civil war was.

Question: In terms of using Coulson who has a future history with the Kree from TV was that challenging to figure out how you just kind of focusing on Coulson as he is.

Schwartz: The great part about it is we just get to focus on him as he is so we don’t need to worry about the stuff he’s going to encounter later. There’s lots of fun parallels I’m sure. But we get to see Coulson in his first meeting with Nick Fury at a much younger age where the Kree aren’t even part of his vocabulary yet.

Question: In the footage. Fury says he’s ready to hang it up until he meets Carol. Sort of what looking you say about that is that part of the movie.

Schwartz: Yeah we’re we’re meeting Nick Fury at a very interesting time in his life. 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.

Question: Is Hydra sniffing around anywhere in this?

Schwartz: I wouldn’t go into this movie expecting a Hydra plot. I think with the Skrulls get to be their own thing. But if you remember your Marvel history they’re definitely there.

Question: I see over there on the board… Will we see the Supreme Intelligence, like that version over there?

Schwartz: For sure. Part of the fun of the Kree world is establishing the Supreme Intelligence. I don’t think you could do Hala without it.

Question: In the comics, looking back at Carol, she’s had a very long, convoluted and at times problematic history. She’s also had multiple personas. She’s been Ms. Marvel, Binary, Warbird, Captain Marvel. Also, one thing that I find really interesting about her is she’s also been on the wrong side of history, like in both civil wars… She’s not exactly the shining beacon of heroism that some people would imagine her to be. Looking at all of that, how do you decide which elements to put in the movie?

Schwartz: You know, It’s the same process I think we go through with all of our movies, especially our origin movies, where we look at what storylines make our characters bounce off each other in the most interesting way, what brings out the traits that we want the audience to see in these characters. And what makes us respond to those characters, and how do we get that across to the audience? And that always ends up being a mix of a lot of different stuff. I think we wanted to make Carol really inspirational. And not inspirational because she was perfect, inspirational because she was flawed. There’s a lot of great stuff to draw from, both in Kelly Sue [DeConnick’s] run and elsewhere in the comics from that. Certainly, some elements of her story needed an update for a modern audience, which we frequently do, and I’m hoping the audience will be along for the ride for that and excited for what we did with these characters.

Question: Will we in any way see you address Ms. Marvel, not the Kamala Khan, but how Carol used to be Ms. Marvel?

Schwartz: No. Sorry, no.

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