As first teased at Comic-Con International: San Diego last year, Captain Marvel will be set in the 1990s; a fallow period in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as far as costumed heroes are concerned. Captain America presumably died many decades earlier while Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne’s activities in the 1980s were about as covert as they could be.
Of course, some of us hope the MCU will eventually reveal a “forgotten” era in the 1960s when a certain super-powered family lived at the top of a New York skyscraper and were treated like pop stars.
But with superheroes being more rumor than a public reality in the years between Cap’s disappearance and Tony Stark revealing his identity as Iron Man, the notion of learning about that world intrigued Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, who explained to Entertainment Weekly some of the motivation behind setting the upcoming film, starring Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, in the Clinton era.
Recalling Nick Fury’s (Samuel L. Jackson) at the end of Iron Man, in which he told Tony about the secret world of heroes, Feige said, “We want to go back to a time when he didn’t know it yet, and really showcase and announce that Carol Danvers was that first hero that Nick came across. That meant she could be the singular hero, but place it within timing of the MCU.”
He also mentioned the time period set off a lot of discussion about action set pieces in films made during the era. “We hadn’t necessarily done anything like that before either, so there are definitely homages to our favorite ‘90s action films within Captain Marvel,” he added. So don’t be too surprised if Carol chases a Kree agent through the cemented rivers and channels of Los Angeles County.
Captain Marvel opens March 6th, 2019.