captain marvel trailer breakdown

Question: How do you make Captain Marvel very powerful but not over-powerful for this cinematic universe, because it’s not just this film but everything?

Schwartz: Very good question. I don’t know if I know the answer to that yet. I can’t really speak to the movies going forward, part of the pleasure of this movie is going to be seeing Captain Marvel kick a lot of ass. If we’re lucky enough to be able to see more of her going forward then I think we’ll think about how to give her challenges that resonate with the audience still. Certainly, I don’t think heading into other movies that you may see her in, you’re going to worry about her feeling overpowered. [Laughs]

Question: We saw a shot of her in the first reel of her with Cap. I assume that’s not in this movie?

Schwartz: That’s not in this movie.

Question: Can you describe Captain Marvel’s relationship with Mar-Vell, Jude Law’s character?

Schwartz: Uh, her relationship with Jude Law’s character, it’s a really mentor-mentee thing. He’s kind of the leader of her squad on Hala and teachers her in the ways of being a Kree warrior. And so over the course of their adventure, when she gets captured by the Skrulls and they get separated, he spends a lot of the movie trying to find her and trying to get her back and rescue her from the Skrulls. It’s a tender relationship, but it’s very much mentor-protégé. And I think Carol still has a lot of the elements that made her human in her, which Jude Law’s character both appreciates and is irritated by.

Question: Do they have that kind of long history together? Is he part of that origin story?

Schwartz: Uh, is he part of that origin story? I’m gonna passeroo.

Question: Did Brie actually go up in the fighter jets?

Schwartz: She totally did. She totally kicked ass. I would never do it in a million years. It looked so dangerous. [laughs] Yeah, she really went up there, as did Lashana, as did Anna Boden, our director. I got nervous and nauseous just sitting through the briefings where they tell you what’s gonna happen up there. But she went up, they gave her a call sign, she went through the whole bit.

Question: This is Marvel’s first modern female-lead movie. Did you guys look at Wonder Woman at all and take any lessons from that, or any inspirations?

Schwartz: You know, what was so great about Wonder Woman was talking to female audience members afterwards about how they felt watching the movie. And a lot of the people I talked to just said, ‘I’ve never felt like that watching a movie before in my entire life. That character resonated [with] me in ways I didn’t even know a character could resonate with me.’ Which was great to hear, and kind of an amazing thing… I think it helped us understand how important movies like this are. So in terms of making the movie feel distinct, I think all these movies chart their own courses anyway. It’s just like Green Lantern. We don’t want to make a movie that people have seen before. But I think that means making the movie feel distinct, not just from other female-lead movies, but from all the other Marvel movies as well, which I think we try to do on every movie. It wasn’t a new challenge, necessarily, but it was one I think we were extra-excited for because of the nature of what this movie means to people.

Question: The movie’s a prequel, you have 20 movies that take place after this I was wondering, knowing that she’s around and knowing that she’s still alive at the end of this, not with this movie [but Infinity War], how do you give her stakes?

Schwartz: I think the audiences knows enough by now that we’re probably not going to kill off an origin character in an origin movie. So I don’t think that’s a huge leap that she’s going to be alive at the end of the movie. And a lot of the stakes in the movie aren’t centered on Carol, necessarily. I think the way to approach movies like this isn’t necessarily who’s going to live? Who’s going to die? But what do you want the audience to get out of it? What’s the journey you want them to go on? Can you get them invested in this character? And I think hopefully the answer to that question is yes.

Question: All films in the MCU have that kind of unique MCU feel. But then you have Guardians and Thor Ragnarok and very, very funny, more emphasis on humor than action, or more emphasis on humor than seriousness. Then you have Civil War and Winter Soldier that are just really heavy, very dramatic, with just a sprinkle of humor. Where does Captain Marvel [relate to those tones]?

Schwartz: It’s kind of somewhere in between. You know, Carol in the comics is a very funny character in her own way. In a way that doesn’t feel like Doctor Strange, in a way that doesn’t feel like Iron Man, like Robert Downey Jr., that gets to be her unique voice, and that’s the voice that we tried to get across. Which isn’t joke a minute, Rocket Racoon Guardians of the Galaxy, which is super funny, and isn’t super grounded, kinda heavy, as some of our other movies have been. I think it inhabits a place a lot like Doctor Strange, that takes the movie and the stakes of the movie pretty seriously, but allows the characters to have fun within it.

Question: I don’t necessarily expect huge details, but back to the stakes question, what are kind of the stakes? Are we talking about the decimation of the entire universe? Are we talking about mostly personal stakes? What are they protecting?

Schwartz: Like all Marvel movies, it’s a mix of both. I think we’ll be rooting along the course of this movie for Carol to reconnect with her humanity, and that really is the stakes of the movie.

Question: What is Open World? [The working title of production]

Schwartz: It doesn’t mean much, I’m sorry. Very early on in the processes, we have to pick those titles. And at the time we were still very early on in developing the movie, so it was like, it was sort of a like an open world video game in a lot of ways. Like it was a movie that could be a lot of different things.

Question: As far as the space battles and things, is it going to be something more like darker like a Rogue One? Are we gonna see a war? Or is it gonna be more like operatic big space, kind of shiny and clean with the explosions versus down and dirty?

Schwartz: Um, I’m not quite sure how to answer that yet. It’s going to be PG-13, for whatever that’s worth. You know, I think the hope is to show the stakes of galactic war, but not in a way that’s gonna detract from the fun of the movie. Does that answer your question? Okay. I think that’s the best I can do right now.

Question: Were there qualities that you guys immediately recognized in Brie’s performance and interpretation of the character that affected the way you went in the film and the way that, like – there’s degrees of separation between Tony Stark and Robert Downey, Jr., you know, he owns that character. Is there – did you find that with Brie, too, are there ways that she influenced the way the movie unfolds?

Jonathan Schwartz: With all of these movies, the voice of the actor can’t help but come through. And with Ryan and Anna’s help, and kind of guided by the script, I think they’ve found a version of Carol that’s really cool, that’s not exactly Carol from the comic books, and not even exactly the Carol that you read when you read the script page, but becomes kind of their own unique creation that’s really cool and really interesting. And Brie certainly has done everything she possibly can to make the character feel as real as possible. I think she spent more time at the stunt gym, training for fights, than any actor I’ve ever worked with. Which is amazing to watch. She’s gone up in fighter jets, she’s hung out with the Thunderbirds. She’s going to do a lot of her own stunts this movie, and a lot of her own fighting, which, you saw a little of in that behind the scenes reel. Not a lot, not a ton of actors would be doing those wire gags, doing that stuff for real. I did that stuff earlier today, because I randomly stopped by the stunt gym, and it takes a lot out of you, man! It’s really hard! I do recommend it if you get the chance, stop by stage A, they’ll put you up on wires. It’s super fun, but it’s … it’s not easy. I was pulling this up to show you guys a video, but maybe another time.

Question: Is there anything you can tell us about any of the specific weaponry here?

Schwartz: Yeah, I mean, you know, Starforce, like any awesome, outer space fighting force, has their kind of own unique skills and weapons. You know, Korath has his awesome swords, Bron-Char is kind of a bigger, stronger guy, he fights with his fists. Att-Lass is more of a marksman that has those two pistols, Minn-Erva is the sniper of the group who kind of gets to be a little bit removed, and Yon-Rogg … there’s sort of their own, other powers sprinkled throughout. Sorry, did I talk about Djimon’s swords? Yes. Okay, good.

Question: For Carol, could you talk about her personality a little bit? Like, where does she get her morality from, what’s her motivation in the movie, what’s her baggage, you know, what’s her flaw?

Schwartz: I mean, a lot of the movie is about Carol not remembering her human past. When we meet her at the beginning of the movie, she believes that she is a Kree, and kind of has been inducted into their army, she’s proud as a person, she loves being a Kree. And then over the course of her adventure, realized there’s more to her story than that. So the movie kind of becomes her unraveling the root of her own origin, the root of her own mystery.

Question: She believes she’s a Kree, you said? Like, she – it’s almost like a brainwashing type thing?

Schwartz: That’s from the early Miss Marvel comics.

Question: Okay, but is that – like, she – okay. I’m not saying it’s not, but I’m just saying that she’s under the belief at the time we meet her?

Schwartz: Yes, when we meet her, she believes she is a Kree on Hala.

Question: In Top Gun, they shot all of the air sequences actually in the air. Are you trying to go more for something like that, because it’s ’90s action, or is a lot of it gonna be CG and on-stage with green screen?

Schwartz:  We went to Edwards, we shot some practical stuff for air to air sequences. A lot of that will end up being CG, just by the nature of the beast. But to the extent that we could shoot practically, we did. And … even the stuff we shoot practically informs the visual effects stuff so much, and it’s immensely helpful. And the Air Force has been amazing about granting us their assets and their hangars and their airplanes to use, it’s been an incredible experience.

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