How Marvel Movies Are Made

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, go through the entire process of making a Marvel Studios movie with producers Jonathan Schwartz and Victoria Alonso. Plus, watch Kevin Smith‘s entire Jay and Silent Bob Reboot panel from San Diego Comic-Con, and listen as Alan Cumming recounts some of his most memorable characters, from GoldenEye to X2: X-Men United and more. Read More »

Captain Marvel

On the January 8, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor in chief Peter Sciretta is here to play a few interviews from the set of Captain Marvel. We will hear from Samuel L Jackson, who reprises his role as a young SHIELD head Nick Fury, Ben Mendelsohn, who plays a Skrull commander, and Jonathan Schwartz, the executive producer of the film who reveals everything we need to know about Marvel’s first female-led superhero film.

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Captain Marvel Comic Book Inspirations

The question that always pops up every time a superhero movie arrives (which is every other month now) is: “What comic book inspirations did the filmmakers draw from?” Fans want to make sure the powers-that-be have an actual grasp on the characters they’re bringing to life, and not just winging it. The next big superhero picture is Captain Marvel, due to blast into theaters in March. Like most comic book characters, Captain Marvel, aka Carol Danvers, has a rich, evolving history, dating all the way back to the late 1960s. So which Captain Marvel comic book inspirations did the filmmakers turn to when it came time to bring Carol to the big screen?

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Jonathan Schwartz

You probably don’t know Jonathan Schwartz, and while walking the set of a Marvel movie, you might not even notice the smart guy with glasses in the corner. But he’s one of the architects of the modern Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Just as Marvel Studios mastermind Kevin Feige started as the assistant to X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner, Schwartz began his career as the assistant to Feige on Iron Man 2. He quickly proved himself valuable and worked his way up the ladder to the producer of Guardians of the Galaxy, executive producer of the sequel, and now Captain Marvel is his baby. Talking with Schwartz, it’s quickly obvious that he’s the smartest guy in the room and he has inherited a bit of Feige’s playful tease.

While visiting the set of Captain Marvel, we talked with Schwartz for almost 50 minutes, and our conversation touches on just about everything. If you’re looking to learn a bunch about the making of Captain Marvel, this is the interview to read.

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Nick Fury Origin Story

Brie Larson‘s Carol Danvers is, of course, the main focus of Captain Marvel. But the superhero film also has a few familiar MCU faces backing her up – most notably Samuel L. Jackson‘s Nick Fury. Since Captain Marvel is set in the 1990s, we’re going to see a much younger, eyepatch-free Nick Fury. And based on the trailers released, Fury almost looks like Carol’s sidekick in the film, hitting the road with her when she crashes to earth. Does that make Captain Marvel a Nick Fury origin story as much as a Carol Danvers origin story?

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captain marvel monica rambeau

Carol Danvers is not the first to hold the title of Captain Marvel. Nor will she be the last. Brie Larson‘s Carol Danvers is being introduced as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s powerful photon-blasting superhero in Captain Marvel, but the upcoming Marvel film is already laying the groundwork for another comic book fan-favorite to take up the title.

And Captain Marvel is not only setting the scene for Carol’s successors, we’re also getting a sidekick — in the form of a cat.

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Captain Marvel RoboCop

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is packed with references and homages to staples of several different genres, from Three Days of the Condor (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) to Inception (Doctor Strange). One would be forgiven for assuming that with all of the characters wandering around the MCU in metal suits, the 1987 sci-fi action classic RoboCop would have been a mainstay reference in that conversation as well, but it seems like the upcoming Captain Marvel is the first MCU movie to be heavily inspired by Paul Verhoeven‘s satirical masterpiece.

Learn more about how that film left its mark on Captain Marvel, and what other movies influenced directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck in their approach.

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Most of you have yet to see Like Crazy, a beautiful and frightening tale of lost distance love starring Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones and Jennifer Lawrence. It won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and got several rave reviews, including one by yours truly. Paramount will be releasing the film later this year and it’s bound to get a ton of Oscar buzz. The team behind the film, director Drake Doremus (who previously directed Douchebag), co-writer Ben York Jones and producer Jonathan Schwartz, are already using that buzz to their advantage and have just lined up their next project. They’ll be making an adaptation of the upcoming young adult sci-fi romance novel Through to You by Emily Hainsworth which is about a teenager who tragically loses his girlfriend but finds that she still exists in a parallel universe. Read more about the project and the book after the break. Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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