It takes place towards the beginning of the film.
The promotional campaign for Captain Marvel is currently in full swing as we approach its March 8 release date in US theaters, but IGN has some extra insight you won’t find on a billboard or trailer. We visited the southern California set of Captain Marvel last year along with a small group of press and got to watch the cast shoot a key scene from early in the film. We’re going to break down everything we saw, so beware of some minor spoilers!
The scene took place inside a spaceship belonging to the Kree elite military strike squad known as Starforce. The entire interior of the ship was built there on set — as were the insides of some other alien ships, some quite massive — and was decked out with racks of alien blasters. Take a look at yours truly aboard the ship trying his hand at wielding some Kree weaponry.
While we weren’t privy to the full details of the scene taking place inside the ship to prevent too much being given away about the film, we did learn the team was being prepped for a secret mission by Jude Law’s character, who is the leader of Starforce and who everyone at Marvel only referred to as “Jude Law’s character,” which is pretty much a red alert that he’s definitely more than he appears. Little is known in an official capacity about who Law is playing — some guess it’s hero Captain Mar-Vell while others have reason to believe it’s comic book antagonist Yon-Rogg — but either way, he clearly has a vested interest in Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel. Even while briefing the team, he spares a moment to give her some on-the-fly training.
This causes a flare-up in the rivalry between Captain Marvel and teammate Minvera as the two trade playful verbal barbs. Minerva is an elite sniper and used to be the leader’s favorite, but even since Captain Marvel showed up with her immense power and natural talent for combat, she’s become his new prized pupil. It’s only natural that Minerva would feel a little jealous, which she lets show by criticizing Captain Marvel’s performance and calling her “Sparklefists.” Fans of the comic will recognize the silly nickname earned for how Captain Marvel’s hands light up when firing her powerful photon blasts. Captain Marvel takes it in stride and makes a joke at her own expense, which speaks a lot to her character: confident and headstrong but also willing to make fun of herself. There’s a clear parallel between her social behavior and fighting prowess: she’s able to take a hit as well as dish it out. (Want more on what Captain Marvel is made of? We talked to Brie Larson about how she crafted the MCU’s most powerful hero.)
The dynamic between Starforce members is surprisingly chummy for what is essentially an alien black ops squad. They’re a small team who must depend on each other for survival, so it’s no surprise they form close bonds and develop a personable shorthand. This extends right down to the team complaining to each other as they loaded themselves into launch pods in the sides of the ship. Five mechanical tables slid out from the ship walls and each member laid down on one, griping and making jokes in the process, and then all at once the tables retracted into the walls and Starforce was gone, off on their clandestine mission.
While not officially confirmed by Marvel, we’re confident that the next moment in the movie will be Starforce being shot out of the ship like missiles, as seen briefly in the first trailer.
So even though we don’t know the full context of the mission, we’d hazard a guess that things don’t go according to plan — maybe they should have done more listening to the plan and less joking around? — and in the chaos Captain Marvel winds up crash landing back on Earth, where she begins her journey of self-rediscovery, stopping the shapeshifting alien Skrulls from invading Earth, and maybe, just maybe, figuring out who the heck Jude Law is playing.
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