CAPTAIN MARVEL arrives in theaters everywhere on March 8th!
I have been waiting for this movie for long time. We all have high expectations and we knew it just the beginning of the count down to the next Avengers movie. Also it brings a huge milestone to Marvel movies: the first female centered Marvel film!
I had the pleasure of being invited to the junket and interview the cast of the movie.
Thank you Marvel for inviting me to the Captain Marvel Junket
The junket started with moderator Jacqueline Coley (Rotten Tomatoes Editor) presenting all those in attendance (Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson, Jude Law, Gemma Chan, Lashana Lynch, Clark Gregg, Director Anna Boden, Director Ryan Fleck and Producer Kevin Feige.
We knew we were in for a fun junket and the most important part, spoiler free questions. We do want everyone to be able to enjoy the movie as much as we did, right?
Q. Why you love this Captain Marvel
A. BRIE LARSON: There’s a lot to love about her, which is why I was really excited to do this; in particular, the idea of playing a superhero, or a female superhero in particular because my interest is in female complexity; I was a little worried about playing somebody, a superhero that would be perfect -- because I don’t feel like that’s realistic, or something aspirational at all... So getting to play a character where the whole character arc and turn of this is watching her be this major risk taker, which means it’s not always going to work out the best. And those are the moments, the defining moments of her character, where she doesn’t lay down, she gets back up. I mean, that’s everything. That’s for everybody. There isn’t a person who can’t relate to that, I don’t think.
Interesting Fact: Brie Larson trained many hours every day for nine months for her role. She was able to dead-lift 225 pounds; I was able to hip-thrust 400 pounds. I was able to push my trainer’s 5000-pound Jeep up a hill for 60 seconds.
Q. Mr. Jackson, can you talk about working with the cat?
A. SAMUEL L. JACKSON: I am not a cat person. But I’m also not a dog, bird or a fish person, either. So I just don’t engage pets. You know, Reggie is like most animals that, you know, people bring to set that have been trained to do this, that or the other -- he’s snack-oriented. You know. You give him something to eat, he shows up. You know, you give him something to eat, you talk softly and nice to him, give him something to eat again. They love you. You know, so, it works out. And… there were actually four cats, but Reggie did the majority, he did the, you know, heavy lifting most of the time.
Interesting fact: There were 4 cats in cast: Reggie that plays Goose; Gonzo, Rizzo, and Archie. (these 3 were more like Reggie’s stunt doubles)
Q. When you guys all go to set, who’s the alpha dog?
A. SAMUEL L. JACKSON: Reggie. BRIE LARSON: Yeah, Reggie. JUDE LAW: Yeah, it was probably Reggie. [
ANNA BODEN: The set got very, very quiet and respectful whenever Reggie came on and actors were like, how come we don’t get this respect?
BRIE LARSON: I got in trouble because I ran screaming - Shake Shack! Right next to cat and they’re like, the cat’s working right now.
Q. What is the biggest take away or lesson that you learned.?
A. JUDE LAW: Ah. I think you always take away the experience of meeting new people, you know. Every job you do. That’s one of the blessings of the jobs we have. I mean, you meet and work with a whole new group of people and I think that’s always a blessing.
Q. The movie has a lot of ’90s awesome touches it has; it’s like dripping with ’90s nostalgia. Was that like from the script from the beginning? Did you have all the music cues? Did you have like this is where we want to go? Or did that come in the like pre-production process, to make it this ’90s wonderland?
A. RYAN FLECK: Oh yeah, we started, we made like a big playlist at the beginning of the movie and we shared it with the crew and some of the cast and… some of those songs are in the movie, but it was really just… in post, we put the scenes together and just threw songs in and see what stuck. And, ah, it was… very much a collaboration with Kevin and the whole, the whole team at Marvel, to figure out which songs really worked the best. Um. I actually worked at a Blockbuster in 1995, so… that brought back a lot of memories, creating that set.
Q. Is there anything from the ’90s that you want to come back?
A. RYAN FLECK: Yeah. VHS tapes. ANNA BODEN: Pay phones. Because then I wouldn’t have to check my email all the time. CLARK GREGG: Um, I wish MTV had videos again. GEMMA CHAN: Buffy the Vampire Slayer. SAMUEL L. JACKSON: Laser discs. BRIE LARSON: Butterfly clips. JUDE LAW: And I was a big fan of the band The Verve. LASHANA LYNCH: R&B. Just R&B. Not as R&B was the truth, man. KEVIN FEIGE: Video stores. I miss walking around video stores.
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