Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige says there's a good reason Captain Marvel is set in the 90s, and it all goes back to the origins of the modern Marvel Cinematic Universe - specifically to how and where Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury became embroiled in the world of superheroes.
"We wanted to explore a period before Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury had any idea about any of the other heroes and crazy stuff going on in the world," Feige explained to Entertainment Weekly. "You know, we first met Nick when he told Tony, 'You’re part of a big universe. You just don’t know yet.' Well, 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."
"It also got us talking about different genres, exploring this notion of sort of the ‘90s action film," he continued. "We hadn’t necessarily done anything like that before either, so there are definitely homages to our favorite ‘90s action films within Captain Marvel...Not necessarily talking about any particulars of the story, but the action elements Terminator 2. That’s about as iconic as you get, looking at kind of those cool street level fights, street level car chases, and fun stuff like that. That being said, much of the movie takes place in outer space, as you might think a Captain Marvel movie would. Like all of our genre inspirations, there are bits and pieces here and there."
This year's Marvel blockbuster Black Panther opens with a sequence set in 1992 - but Feige was quick to make it clear that the 90s won't be a regular setting for the MCU going forward.
"I would say no. I mean, in terms of Captain Marvel and a young T’Chaka in ’92, no. That’s not where we’re headed."
Captain Marvel is due out in theaters March 8, 2019.