CAPTAIN MARVEL Character Driven Storytelling

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CAPTAIN MARVEL

Captain Marvel is blasting into theaters this March and will introduce one of Marvel Comic’s most powerful and popular superheroes. Brie Larson plays Captain Marvel and leads an all-star cast including Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, and Annette Bening.  Avengers: Infinity War teased the appearance of Captain Marvel and she will play a major role in its sequel, Avengers: End Game.

CAPTAIN MARVEL DIRECTORS

At a press conference in Los Angeles, Kevin Feige was asked what the directing team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck said to convince him to let them direct Captain Marvel. Feige responded, “Well, it was more than one meeting.  Right, guys?  There was a number of meetings. It’s their body of work and it’s their focus on character.  And our belief that they wouldn’t have lost the character, amongst the spectacle and the fun and the effects.”

“Really, Anna spoke very eloquently about Carol Danvers and about that female hero. And over the course of developing the movie, and producing the movie, Anna went up in a jet, as did Brie, which was super impressive, and I wouldn’t do for a million dollars.” Feige added, “It is astounding. So, yes, it was those early meetings and their amazing body of work that made us realize they could bring Carol to life.”

CAPTAIN MARVEL STORYTELLING

Before Captain Marvel, the directing team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck worked on the sports-drama Sugar, the comedy-drama It’s Kind of a Funny Story, and the film drama Mississippi Grind. When asked about the differences between their character driven dramas versus a CGI heavy action film, Fleck said, “I think in the early conversations with Kevin and with Brie, that’s what we wanted to bring to this story, is a continuation of the things we had done in our other movies. Which is intimacy and character-focused storytelling.”

Larson and Jackson having fun on set.

CAPTAIN MARVEL VISUAL EFFECTS

“The visual effects were challenging at first for us. But we were working with the best in the business here and they’ve done, you know, one or two of these movies before we got here. And we were in good hands and we were able to lean on them and work very collaboratively with the Effects team and learn how that works. They were patient with us and it was wonderful.  I can’t think of a better studio to take that leap with. I mean, they are just the best collaborators at Marvel and really let us tell the story we wanted to tell.”

Feige added, In terms of the visual effects, it was having [Executive Producer] Victoria Alonso, who’s been with us since the beginning, who knows this stuff inside and out and is an amazing mentor to filmmakers.  Christopher Townsend was our Visual Effects Supervisor, who’s done many movies for us.  Because it ultimately is always about the story, the process never overwhelms story.  We’ll alter the process if it fits the story, if it fits their vision.  That’s how you end up with a great movie like this.”

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