Captain Marvel directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck say the film has a feel that’s similar to classic, buddy-cop films.
While the movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are superhero stories at heart, the creatives at Marvel Studios do try to inject elements from different genres of film. Spider-Man: Homecoming was essentially a high school movie, and Black Panther was a geo-political film with elements of James Bond. Captain Marvel also takes this genre approach, but some may be surprised to find that it’s more than a cosmic epic.
While speaking with Fandango, directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck discussed the film’s tone. Boden described it as being a quest for self-identity, but she also said it has a buddy-cop vibe, which stems from the pairing of Carol Danvers and Nick Fury:
"“We approached this movie as being, at the heart of it, this mystery of self-identity for Captain Marvel. It has a lot of playfulness in it, and that kind of buddy-cop vibe that Captain Marvel has with the Nick Fury character was really an important touchstone for us.”"
Fleck likened Captain Marvel to other classic flicks of that genre, and stressed that he and Boden’s film will maintain the humor that is present in those movies:
"“Yeah. Like the ’80s and ’90s buddy-cop movies, like 48 Hrs. or Lethal Weapon. We have some of that. Those movies, even the serious ones, they have a really terrific sense of humor, and we wanted to maintain that as well.”"
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Some of the film’s other creatives like producers Kevin Feige and Johnathan Schwartz have described it as a ’90s action movie, paying homage to the biggest blockbusters of that decade like RoboCop and Terminator 2.
Based on what’s been shown thus far, the movie gives off a strong ’90s mood, and the buddy-cop touches are already noticeable. The latest trailer alone features moments between Danvers and Fury that are reminiscent of the interactions between Axel Foley and Billy Rosewood of Beverly Hills Cop or Lethal Weapon’s Riggs and Murtaugh.
With Captain Marvel, it seems Marvel Studios is really trying to appeal to people’s love of the 1990s and the films of that era. It’s an interesting creative move, but with the film’s setting, it’s understandable that it would go all in on ’90s nostalgia. Audiences should enjoy watching Carol Danvers crash-land into a Blockbuster when Captain Marvel soars into theaters on March 8.