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  • Carol Danvers has donned many superhero outfits over her history and this film features a few of them.
  • Katheryn Winnick, Natalie Dormer, Emily Blunt, Katee Sackhoff, Yvonne Strahovski, and Rebecca Ferguson were rumored for the title role.
  • The movie was announced at a Marvel event in October 2014.
  • This film will not focus on Captain Mar-Vell, but on Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (who was previously known as Ms. Marvel).
  • This was the twenty-first film to be released by Marvel Studios for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Nicole Perlman previously wrote the first draft of Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).
  • Ronda Rousey had expressed interest in playing the title role.
  • Elizabeth Wood, Emily Carmichael, Rachel Talalay, Niki Caro, Lesli Linka Glatter, Lorene Scafaria, and Rebecca Thomas were on the short list to direct the movie.
  • Angelina Jolie was offered twenty million dollars to direct the film.
  • Carol Danvers will make her cinematic debut in Avengers: Infinity War (2018), which will lead into her solo film.
  • Brie Larson has been circling around the role of Captain Marvel and has said she would love to take the offer. She would later be cast for the role.
  • When Brie Larson was announced at the end of the San Diego Comic-Con for Marvel's panel, she took part in a photo selfie with the cast and crew of Doctor Strange (2016), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), and Black Panther (2018).
  • Brie Larson was officially announced as Carol Danvers on July 23, 2016, during the Marvel movies panel at San Diego Comic Con.
  • Jennifer Kent and Jennifer Yuh Nelson were in the running to direct to the film.
  • Kevin Fiege confirmed that this film will be an origin story.
  • Malaysian actress Raja Ilya was hinted to have a role in the movie.
  • Although the X-Men do not exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in the comics, Rogue (Anna Paquin's character) receives her ability to fly along with super strength by absorbing it from Carol Danvers.
  • This is the second time that Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson play together in a movie after Kong: Skull Island.
  • Brie Larson is the seventh Oscar winner to play a superhero. The first six are Liam Neeson, George Clooney, Halle Berry, Ben Affleck, Christian Bale, and Nicolas Cage.
  • The film featured the cinematic debut of the Marvel alien race the Skrulls. In the comic books, the Skrull made their debuts in a "Fantastic Four" adventure.
  • Confirmed at SDCC 2017 that this film will take place in the 90s and the skrulls will be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • This film is based on the "Kree-Skrull War" storyline, which was written by Roy Thomas and published in The Avengers issues 89-97 between June 1971 and March 1972. Carol Danvers only had a small role in the story, as a normal human before she received any superhuman abilities (in 1977).
  • The film is based on Captain Marvel/Ms. Marvel/Carol Danvers, a pilot who gets super powers, but her origin incorporates the alien Captain Marvel's, Walter Lawson/Mar-Vell and Khn'nr. Both Kree and Skrull soldiers who come to Earth and decide to defend it. Furthermore, Khn'nr had his memory tampered with which causes him to suffer from an identity crisis, which Carol suffers in this film.
  • This film is set in the 1990s, and serves as a prequel tale for established Marvel Cinematic Universe characters Nick Fury, Phil Coulson, Korath the Pursuer, and Ronan the Accuser.
  • Will revolve around the Kree-Skrull war.
  • Both Marvel Comics and DC Comics have a hero called Captain Marvel, whose films will release the same year. However, both are different: Captain Marvel (2019) is a female superhero who received alien powers. Shazam! (2019) is a child who received godly powers and a superhuman form (ongoing legal challenges due to Marvel having a title called Captain Marvel constantly in print, he was renamed Shazam for the convience of Warner Brothers)
  • Contrary to earlier rumors, Joe Russo revealed at SDCC 2017 that Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel will make her first appearance in her solo movie Captain Marvel(2019) and will NOT appear in Avengers: Infinity Wars(2018).
  • This will be the second prequel of the MCU, the first was Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).
  • In the 2016 Marvel Comics, Captain Marvel joins the Canadian hero team Alpha Flight as part of a space program. Alpha Flight is to get its own separate movie from Twentieth Century Fox.
  • Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson both previously appeared in the films Farce of the Penguins (2006), Unicorn Store (2017), and Kong: Skull Island (2017).
  • Producer Kevin Feige announced that this movie happens before the events of Iron Man (2008), and features the Skrulls as the main villains.
  • Jude Law is the second actor to play Dr. John Watson to join the MCU after Martin Freeman.
  • Jude Law and his Sherlock Holmes (2009) cast mate, Robert Downey Jr., have now both appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as have their television counterparts, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.
  • Keanu Reeves was in talks to portray Mar-Vell, but he ultimately turned down the role.
  • This is the second time that Brie Larson will star in a movie set in the 1990's, the first being Rampart (2011) which is set in 1999.
  • The Starforce uniform design combines the designs for Mar-Vell (a green and white armor) and Captain Marvel's 2012 suit (a jumpsuit with a star insignia).
  • The studio offer Angelina Jolie $20 million to direct the film and having Charlize Theron starring as Captain Marvel.
  • Gemma Chan is the eleventh actor from the "Transformers" films (having previously played Quintessa) to appear in a Marvel superhero film, after Rachael Taylor (Maggie Madsen, Trish Walker), Hugo Weaving (Megatron, Red Skull), Kelsey Grammer (Beast, Harold Attinger), Titus Welliver (Felix Blake, James Savoy), Nicola Peltz (Tessa, Jane), Stanley Tucci (Abraham Erskine, Joshua Joyce/Merlin), Laura Haddock (Vivian Wembley, Meredith Quill), Omar Sy (Bishop, Hot Rod), Sir Anthony Hopkins (Sir Edmund Burton, Odin) and Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Jason Ionello, Memo).
  • Gemma Chan is the eleventh actress from "Doctor Who" to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, after Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and Agent Carter (2015)), Talulah Riley (Thor: The Dark World), Jenna Coleman and David Bradley (Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)), Christopher Eccleston (Thor: The Dark World (2013)), Tony Curran (Thor: The Dark World (2013) and (Daredevil (2015)), Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019)), Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)), David Tennant (Jessica Jones (2015)) and Riann Steele (Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)).
  • The film is an indirect prequel to Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).
  • Brie Larson and Clark Gregg appeared in Hoot (2006).
  • This was the first solo female-led movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), released the year before, was led by a male-female superhero duo.
  • Gemma Chan plays the character Minn-Erva, the Roman equivalent to Athena, a well known Greek goddess.
  • While this isn't the first movie with a female superhero, it is the first to be written primarily by women. Supergirl (1984), Catwoman (2004), Elektra (2005), and Wonder Woman (2017) were written by men. The closest was Catwoman (2004), which gave a writing credit to Theresa Rebeck. However, that movie also had three male writers credited.
  • DeWanda Wise was set for the role of Maria Rambeau in this movie before dropping out due to scheduling conflicts.
  • 21st movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Despite the fact that this movie takes place before, and was released before, Avengers: Endgame (2019), it was actually filmed after the latter.
  • This will be the first time Marvel has done de-aging both Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg for an entire film.
  • The movie is not a traditional origin story, as the heroine already possesses her powers when the film starts.
  • This is the first Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures-distributed film not to stream on Netflix, after Disney decided to let their licensing deal with Netflix expire. Disney plans on releasing this movie on their subscription service, Disney+.
  • There were concerns that Brie Larson was too young to portray a pilot. Screenwriter Nicole Perlman consulted with the U.S. Air Force, who said it was possible for someone between twenty-eight and thirty-four to become an accomplished pilot like Danvers.
  • When portraying the alien Skrull Talos, Ben Mendelsohn used his native Australian accent. When Talos adopts a human disguise, Mendelsohn used an American accent.
  • Jude Law described his role as the Kree officer Mar-Vell as a devout warrior: "He's driven by a belief in the divine leadership of the Kree people, unquestioning, conservative, but inspirational."
  • Jude Law took counsel from his Sherlock Holmes (2009) co-star Robert Downey Jr., who plays Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, on appearing in this movie. Law stated, "He talked a little bit about how making a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie is fitting this one piece into a bigger picture, and giving yourself over to that. It's not about trying to understand everything. Just do your piece."
  • The filmmakers cited 1990s action movies as an influence on the film's action, in keeping with the era in which the film is set.
  • The Skrull makeup took two hours to apply.
  • To prepare for her role as Captain Marvel, Brie Larson trained for four hours a day over nine months, learning judo, boxing, and wrestling. She also visited Nellis Air Force Base and met with active duty airmen, including Brigadier General Jeannie Leavitt and Thunderbirds pilot Major Stephen Del Bagno, who died in a crash and whom the movie pays tribute in the credits. He, and other members of the unit, had given Brie Larson the callsign "Sparrow".
  • This film marked the second directing pair in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after the Russo Brothers (Joe Russo and Anthony Russo), this time Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden. Boden was also the first female director for a Marvel movie.
  • The official trailer for the film was released on Good Morning America (1975) on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. This is the United States Air Forces' birthday (September 18, 1947.)
  • The first trailer released for this movie received more than one hundred nine million global views in just twenty-four hours, making it the eleventh most viewed trailer ever.
  • Maria Rambeau's pilot call sign is Photon. In the comics her daughter Monica Rambeau gained superpowers similar to Captain Marvel and briefly took on the title of Photon (She had other titles too - Captain Marvel, Pulsar, Spectrum).
  • The trailer has received about one hundred nine million views worldwide in its first twenty-four hours of release.
  • The first official trailer for this movie gained more than one hundred nine million views on YouTube in twenty-four hours.
  • Jude Law is the second Dr. Watson actor to be cast in a Marvel movie. He follows Martin Freeman, who also played Dr. Watson with Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock. Robert Downey, Jr. plays Sherlock with Jude Law.
  • Jude Law, Martin Freeman, and Ian Hart played Dr Watson. Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey, Jr. and James Darcy played Sherlock Holmes.
  • (Cameo) Stan Lee: Co-creator of the original Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell), as himself reading the script on the train to Mallrats (1995) (in which he made an appearance as himself).
  • Though rumored to be playing Mar-Vell, the original Capt. Marvel, it was announced in Nov. 2018 that Jude Law would actually be playing Kree villain Yon-Rogg.
  • The film takes place in 1995.
  • This was the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be released after Stan Lee's death.
  • Jamie McKelvie, who designed Carol's Captain Marvel suit in the comics (used starting in 2012), praised the movie costume for closely adhering to his work.
  • When Brie Larson's casting was announced at Comic-Con, CNN ran the headline "Shazam! Brie Larson is 'Captain Marvel'," apparently not realizing that they were thinking of the wrong Captain Marvel.
  • The film released on 8 March 2019, International Women's Day.
  • The first trailer was released on September 18, the anniversary of the founding of the US Air Force.
  • In December, after months of speculation, the Captain Marvel website finally confirmed Jude Law will play Mar-Vell. At one point, based on a list of upcoming movie toys, it was rumored he may be playing a different character; a villain.
  • 1st Marvel Studios film released after the death of Stan Lee, who passed away in Nov 2018. No word if a tribute to him is planned for this film or if it is being saved for Avengers:End Game.
  • Keanu Reeves was almost cast as Yon-Rogg.
  • This was the first Marvel film to stream on Disney+.
  • This film marked Jude Law's debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the Kree named Yon-Rogg. Law previously starred in Sherlock Holmes (2009) as Dr. John Watson, appearing alongside Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes and Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler. Downey Jr. is also part of the cast of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having played Tony Stark since his role in Iron Man (2008); Rachel McAdams is a part of the MCU as Dr. Christine Palmer in Doctor Strange (2016). The cast of the MCU now also includes Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch, who also played Watson and Holmes in Sherlock (2010).
  • In February 2019, Marvel launched the official website of the film which emulates design from the 1990s, including HTML frames, a mix of rainbow fonts, pixelated GIFs, a hit counter, a guestbook, and a low-resolution trailer framed inside a window resembling Real Player.
  • Pinar Toprak signed on to compose the film's score, making her the first woman to score an MCU film.
  • Maria Rambeau's call sign is "Photon" which is also one of the superhero names that her daughter Monica used in the comics.
  • Brie Larson is allergic to cats, so a majority of her scenes with Goose the cat were either with a CGI cat or a realistic puppet.
  • In the comics, Captain Marvel's cat is named Chewie, after Chewbacca from Star Wars: A New Hope (1977). In this film, it was named Goose after Goose Bradshaw from Top Gun (1986).
  • Brie Larson is allergic to cats, so her scenes involving Goose were filmed with a puppet or computer-generated VFX.
  • Quantum physicist Spyridon Michalakis, of the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter at the California Institute of Technology, was consulted on the film.
  • The name "Captain Marvel" is not used in the film until the closing credits.
  • While choosing new colors for her uniform, Carol and Monica stop on a red and yellow color scheme reminiscent of DC's Captain Marvel aka Shazam. Carol and Monica determine it to not be good enough
  • The security guard Captain Marvel speaks to at the beginning of the movie is Marvel security director Barry Curtis.
  • Both Ben Mendelsohn (as Orson Krennic) and Samuel L. Jackson (as Mace Windu) star in Star Wars franchise.
  • Brie Larson and Clark Gregg both previously starred in the film Hoot (2006), where they played adversaries, of sorts.
  • In the movie Carol refers to Monica as "Lieutenant Trouble". In the comics, Lieutenant Trouble (a young girl named Kit Renner) was Captain Marvel's biggest fan and later on became her friend.
  • Released on International Women's Day.
  • Goose is played by four different very professional cat actors named Reggie, Rizzo, Gonzo, and Archie.
  • This film is NOT the chronological introduction of the Kree race. In Season 5 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013), the agents were kidnapped, taken into the future and held captive by the Kree. However, the alien corpse from which the TAHITI project sprang in earlier season was Kree. The Kree also appear in "Guardians of the Galaxy" (specifically, Ronan the Accuser).
  • Brie Larson is the first Academy Award winner (link=tt3170832) to play the protagonist in a MCU movie.
  • This film adds the seventh and eighth actor from a Sherlock Holmes franchise to appear in the MCU: Jude Law joins his own Sherlock, Robert Downey Jr.; Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman; and of course, John C. Reilly (Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Holmes & Watson (2018)). Rachel McAdams (from Doctor Strange (2016)) was also a part of the Robert Downey, Jr., Sherlock Holmes franchise. Gemma Chan also appeared as Soo Lin Yao in The Blind Banker (2010). Sir Ben Kingsley played a brainier Dr Watson in Without a Clue (1988).
  • Project PEGASUS stands for "Potential Energy Group/Alternate Sources/United States." It was previously mentioned in The Avengers (2012).
  • When Vers/Captain Marvel is looking around the bar and remembering past experiences there, she notices the arcade cabinet for a Street Fighter video game. Since the release of X-Men vs. Street Fighter (1996) in 1996, one year after the year this movie is set, Capcom has published fighting video games that pit their characters against Marvel superheroes. However, Captain Marvel did not appear in any of them until Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite (2017), released in 2017.
  • As a large portion of this film is set in space, and presumably because the Kree use similar technology; the iconography of location displays (font, coordinates) within the film when shown on screen is very similar, if not identical, to the location displays from the Guardians of the Galaxy films.
  • When Captain Marvel is in the video store, she is seen briefly holding a video cassette for The Right Stuff (1983).
  • Stan Lee's cameo is as himself and not as the entity seen with the Watchers in previous Marvel Studio films.
  • Fury mentions that he likes to operate in locations that start with the letter "B" because he can make them rhyme. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Alexander Pierce talks about a rescue mission that Fury initiated, against orders, in Bogotá.
  • Fury's ID showed him having only level 3 clearance at the time.
  • The quadjet stolen by Captain Marvel and Nick Fury is clearly an early version of the quinjet- a common SHIELD transport/fighter jet.
  • While Monica Rambeau is choosing a new color for Carol Danvers' suit, we can see many references: a red and yellow suit (the colors worn by DC's Captain Marvel, currently known as Shazam) a black and golden suit (the colors of Carol Danver's Ms. Marvel suit) and a white and green suit (the classic Kree armor suit colors in the comics)
  • When Talos confronts Carol and Nick in Louisiana, he sips from a fast food drink container. It is the exact same design as the cup that Jules (played by Samuel L. Jackson) sips in the scene in Pulp Fiction (1994) where they steal back the briefcase.
  • Brie Larson (Carol Danvers) and Nelson Franklin, the medical examiner, both starred in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010). Brie Larson played Envy Adams and Nelson Franklin played Comeau.
  • While in the classified file room there were a couple of boxes with the name Kevin Larosa clearly behind Carol. Kevin Larosa Sr. is the stunt aerial coordinator in the movie.
  • When the train sequence with the Skrull ends, the film cuts to Agent Coulson in the elevator of the parking garage where he punches in for floor four and five. The cut sequence is a subtle nod to the movie Speed (1994), considering how the character Howard Payne had prepared his exit strategy from the elevator shaft.
  • Pancho's Bar is a reference to female aviator Pancho Barnes and The Happy Bottom Riding Club featured in The Right Stuff. While in the Blockbuster store, Carol (then known as Vers) picks up a VHS cassette of The Right Stuff.
  • (Cameo) Kelly Sue DeConnick: Captain Marvel writer (from 2012-2015), as a bystander in the train station who looks at Marvel.
  • Fury says no one calls him "Nick." In the MCU films that take place later in the timeline, Tony Stark and Agent Maria Hill both call him "Nick."
  • The aircraft Vers steals is an earlier model of the Quinjets shown in films that take place later in the time line (Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: the Winter Soldier, Thor Ragnarok).
  • The film was the first from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to have a female lead and it was released at cinema on International Women's Day
  • Most songs featured in the movie are sung by a 90s female singer: Des'Ree [You Gotta Be], No Doubt [Just a Girl], Garbage [I'm Only Happy When It Rains], TLC [Waterfalls], Salt-N-Pepa [Whatta Man], among others.
  • Nelson Franklin, who plays the medical examiner at the Skrull autopsy, and star Brie Larson both appeared in Scott Pilgrim VS The World (2009).
  • Nick Fury refers to Hannibal Lecter, a character made famous by Anthony Hopkins, who has appeared in the MCU multiple times as Odin.
  • The film features songs from Nirvana and Hole, whose lead singers were married to each other.
  • This film features actors received Academy Awards nominations for acting (Annette Bening, Djimon Hounsou, Jude Law, and Samuel L. Jackson), and one Academy Award winner for acting, for Brie Larson, for the film "Room".
  • The mid-credits scene was directed by the Russo brothers, who previously directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019).
  • As a tribute to the late Stan Lee (who died before this movie was released), during the opening Marvel Studios sequence, various scenes of his past cameos from the Marvel Studios films are used in place of the Avengers characters.
  • The cardboard cut-out Carol shoots in the Blockbuster store was originally supposed to be Jim Carrey in The Mask, with Carol mistaking the green face for a Skrull, but the filmmakers couldn't secure the rights.
  • Stan Lee's cameo used spliced audio from Kevin Smith's Mallrats. Stan Lee's declining health at the the time of filming meant he couldn't do multiple takes needed for the production. Kevin Smith confirmed on his YouTube channel that Producer Kevin Feige called Smith and asked for alternate takes on Mallrats for audio needed to use in the cameo.
  • A nod to the original character is Captain Marvel's combat helmet she wears during her missions and in outer space. The helmet features the iconic tomahawk haircut Captain Marvel often portrayed wearing in the comics. There was, in fact, some debate regarding the haircut of Brie Larson, with many fans claiming it is too long and not similar enough to the usual short hair haircut Captain Marvel has in the comics.
  • Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, and Jude Law are all Academy Awards nominees for acting.
  • Minn-Erva, a Kree played by Gemma Chan, is also known in the Marvel Comics universe as Doctor Minerva. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's earlier film It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010) also featured a character named Dr. Minerva.
  • In the film, Talos claims that all Skrulls are shapeshifters. However, in the comics, Talos is one of the few Skrulls who is unable to shapeshift.
  • In the finale, Carol puts her old Air Force (bomber) flight jacket over her Captain Marvel costume. This is in keeping with the mid-1990s cliche of superheroes wearing "edgy" costumes which invariably included a leather bomber jacket.
  • Captain Marvel blasted up the movie poster "True Lies". Bill Paxton play Simon in True Lies and also played John Garrett in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which could result to be a universe-paradox, like Samuel Jackson playing Nick Fury in the MCU and also Mace Windu in Star Wars, which are mentioned that exist in the MCU)
  • The bar they go to in the film is called Pancho's and is filled with pictures of pilots and planes. In The Right Stuff (and in real life), pilots at Edwards Air Force Base went to a bar called the Happy Bottom Riding Club which was owned by female aviator Pancho Barnes.
  • Brie Larson and Clark Gregg previously co-starred in the 2006 film "Hoot".
  • In the second and final bonus scene after the credits, when Goose the cat pukes up the Tesserct like a hairball on Fury's desk the LCD computer monitor and keyboard are black, vs the earlier vintage computers that were all beige. This showed the audience that the story had jumped forward several years from 1995 to somewhere in the 2000-2005 era when black or gray were the predominant colors of PC hardware, but before the transition to LCD's.
  • This is the second prequel of the MCU after Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).
  • The Nine Inch Nails (NIN) t-shirt worn by Carol is a bootleg. According to Rob Sheridan, the band's former art director, the rectangle surrounding the NIN wordmark should be the same width as the typography found in the logo. Marvel subsequently reached out to Nine Inch Nails, and an official NIN t-shirt commemorating Captain Marvel became available.
  • When Stan Lee makes his cameo, he is seen reading the script for Kevin Smith's Mallrats (1995) and reciting the line, "Trust me true believer". As revealed on Smith's YouTube page, Stan's health was in decline and he could not muster his trademark enthusiasm so the producers looped in Lee's unused audio from Mallrats.
  • In the comics, Yon-Rogg and Mar-Vell became enemies when Yon-Rogg betrayed Mar-Vell out of jealously and inadvertently killed his girlfriend.
  • The colors of the experimental airplane Carol flies are the same as those of the Colonial Vipers from BATTLESTAR GALACTICA and the X-wings from the original STAR WARS trilogy.
  • The scene near the end when the Teseract is put in The Fonz lunchbox. One character says "take the Teseract, leave the lunchbox" a reference to The Godfather. A minor character is whacked, and Clemenza tells the shooter "Leave the gun, take The cannoli"
  • Before the film's release, Brie Larson spoke out against under-representation of women, people of color and people with disabilities among journalists and film critics. Apparently, this didn't sit well with many internet users, who were already belligerent towards the film's perceived "feminist agenda and political correctness". This caused a flood of negative ratings on several review sites ahead of the film's release. As a result, Rotten Tomatoes changed their policy to no longer accept reviews and ratings for a film that hasn't been released yet.
  • One of two 2019 theatrical releases in which a VHS copy of the film The Right Stuff (1983) appears. Us (2019) is the other.
  • This film features one Best Actress Oscar winner: Brie Larson, for the film Room (2015).
  • This is the second Marvel film to feature a main character (protagonist/antagonist) who is a U.S. service academy graduate but the first to explicitly show that character's time as a cadet/midshipman on screen. Whist Erik Killmonger's time at the United States Naval Academy is only alluded to in Black Panther (2018), revealing that he commissioned from Annapolis at the age of 19 (presumably as a U.S. Navy SEAL officer), this film includes a clip of Carol Danvers attempting to complete an obstacle course as a Basic Cadet during Second Beast (pre-Fall Semester boot camp for first-year students) at the United States Air Force Academy. It's also worth noting that she is not the first Air Force grad to grace the MCU screen as James Rhodes (War Machine) has been known to sport a USAFA grad ring on one of his fingers.
  • The cat 'Goose' is named in relation to the Anthony Edwards character from Top Gun (1986). The jet in which Goose flies in as a Radar Intercept Officer (RIO), in Top Gun, is an F-14 Tomcat. Tomcat is also a name for a male cat.
  • Marvel Studios Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers shares the same surname as DC Comics Super Girl Kara Danvers. (TV series version)
  • "Vers" is pronounced "Veers," not "Verse."
  • One of the pieces of communication equipment that Carol salvages for parts is a Nintendo Game Boy.
  • The pinball machine that one of the Skrull children has been mastering for the last six years is Bally/Midway's Space Invaders.
  • Roy Thomas, writer of the comic, declared that his plan for the Kree-Skrull war was one that would turn planet Earth into "the cosmic equivalent of some Pacific island during World War II".
  • One of the video tapes in Blockbuster is Hook (1991), which stars Marvel Cinematic Universe cast member Gwyneth Paltrow.

Spoilers

  • Throughout the history of Marvel Comics, eight different characters have taken the name "Captain Marvel." This movie features three of them: Carol Danvers (the most famous version, previously known as Ms Marvel), Mar-Vell (the original version, a Kree alien and superhero) and Monica Rambeau (who briefly carried the title of Captain Marvel).
  • It is rumored that the way in which Carol gains her powers, and becomes Captain Marvel, will be drastically changed for the movie, and instead of getting her powers from the Kree aliens, her powers will be more Infinity Gem powered, similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe versions of The Vision, Scarlet Witch, and most likely, Doctor Strange.
  • This film will feature the live-action appearance of the Skrulls, the enemies of the Kree race (last seen in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)). The Skrulls are also owned by 20th Century Fox, as they are rivals of the Fantastic Four heroes; however, Fox does have the rights to Super-Skrull, a Fantastic Four villain who could wield all their powers, and had homaged him in Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007).
  • In the end credit scene in Infinity War, Nick Fury sends a message on what looked like a pager. After Nick Fury vanishes in a cloud of dust the camera pans onto the pager on the floor which read, "sending". After a few seconds the message seems to have went through and Captain Marvel's symbol shows up on the pager. This is a big hint at what could possibly happen in Avengers 4.
  • This was the first chronological movie appearance of Agent Phil Coulson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since he was stabbed and, apparently, killed by Loki, in The Avengers (2012). He was later revealed to have survived, as explained on the television show Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013).
  • Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) and Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson) were digitally de-aged in order for their characters to look like their younger selves, since the movie is set in the 1990s. This was the first time Marvel did de-aging for characters for an entire movie. They previously used this tactic in Ant-Man (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), and Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), but only for flashback scenes. They also did it to Tony Stark when he was showing the presentation to the college of his with his parents right before they died
  • Samuel L. Jackson described Nick Fury at this point in time as a desk jockey with two good eyes, who has not yet become cynical towards bureaucracy.
  • The film features not one but two Stan Lee cameos: He is seen in the images of the opening Marvel Studios logo and can be seen on an elevated train reading the script to Mallrats (1995) (in which he made an appearance).
  • In Stan Lee's Cameo scene, he can be heard repeating the lines, "Trust me, True Believer," while holding a script titled Mallrats (1995). In that film, Stan Lee offered advice to the character Brodie Bruce. Kevin Smith, who directed Mallrats (1995), is an avid comic book fan. Smith said audio was sought from Universal Pictures and used from an outtake of the 1995 film due to Lee's weakened voice due to ill health.
  • Carol wear Nine Inch Nails T-shirt while in disguise
  • Goose is first among everyone in the movie who touched the Tesseract. She checked it with her paw.
  • Carol cannot breathe in space without the helmet, which comes out of her suit. However, when she unlocks her total power, she is able to 'breathe'/survive without a helmet, as shown in the climax of the film.
  • There are two post-credit scenes in this film. One sets up Avengers: Endgame (2019), and the other finishes off Captain Marvel.
  • Carol Danvers' pilot call sign is "Avenger" in the film, which Nick Fury names the heroes he founds to protect the Earth. In the comics, Danvers took the call sign "Cheeseburger".
  • The Tesseract (previously shown in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), The Avengers (2012), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), and Avengers: Infinity War (2018)) appears in this movie.
  • When Captain Marvel crashes into the Blockbuster store, she uses her photon blast to destroy a cardboard cutout of Arnold Schwarzenegger promoting True Lies (1994).
  • Nick Fury's full name is given as Nicholas Joseph Fury. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) he mentioned only the middle initial "J."
  • When Fury is writing a memo about the need for a program to protect the earth from external threats, he observes an old photograph of Carol Danvers with her aviator call sign and changes the name of the project.
  • In the film, Carol Danvers visits a bar called Pancho's, where she has flashbacks of her previous life on earth as a Test Pilot for the Air Force. Pancho's Bar was named after Pancho's Happy Bottom Riding Club, was a real bar/ranch/hotel, located near Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave desert, in the 1940s. It was once the home to many famous test pilots including Chuck Yeager, Robert Anderson, Jack Ridley, Jimmy Doolittle, and Buzz Aldrin. It was owned by Pancho Barnes, a female aviation pioneer. She was an air-race pilot and Hollywood stunt pilot, and even once replaced Amelia Earhart as a record holder for top speed. No doubt, the reference is a double-nod to Pancho Barnes's groundbreaking contributions to women in aviation and to her connection to the Edwards test pilot community.
  • The use of Nirvana's "Come As You Are" when Vers (Brie Larson) confronts The Supreme Intelligence (Annette Bening) has multiple connotations, as it discusses memories, something Vers is slowly regaining over the course of the film. The song's title coincides with The Supreme Intelligence finally revealing herself as she is, in this case the "unknown enemy" and not the "friend."
  • Lee Pace reprises his role as Ronan the Accuser in this film. However, he does not wear his iconic face paint of Xandarian blood because this movie precedes Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) wherein he first applies it.
  • The twist of the Skrulls turning out not to be the villains is not too far-fetched since in the comics, it is revealed that the Kree were the ones that started their war.
  • In the comics Mar-Vell was a male Kree who was caught in an explosion while rescuing Carol Danvers and the explosion passed his powers onto her by imprinting his DNA onto hers. In the movie this is changed slightly by Mar-Vell being a female Kree who built the core that gave Carol her powers when it exploded. This marks the third time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that the character portrayed in the film is the opposite gender of the original version from the comics. The first was the Ancient One in Doctor Strange (2016) and the second was Ghost in Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018).
  • In the film, Mar-Vell is killed by Yon-Rogg while the destruction of an experimental engine powered by the Tesseract causes Danvers to gain cosmic powers. In the comics, Danvers got her powers from a similar event, a fight between Yon-Rogg and Mar-Vell, only then Mar-Vell survived and it was an alien device that grants superpowers.
  • Dr Lawson (Mar-Vell) has blonde hair in the film, while the Dr Lawson avatar the Supreme Intelligence uses has white hair. This makes her resemble Phyla-Vell, in the comics Mar-Vell's daughter who briefly held the title of Captain Marvel, and took other names too (Quasar, Martyr).
  • In the film, Soh-Larr (Chuku Modu) is a Kree spy investigating the Skrulls. In the comics, he was the father of the first Kree-Skrull hybrid, Dorrek Supreme.
  • Allusions to The Matrix (1999). Captain Marvel/Vers' training under Yon-Rogg is reminiscent of Neo's training under Morpheus in The Matrix. At one point in the film, towards the end as Yon-Rogg and Captain Marvel/Vers fight each other for real, Captain Marvel states "My name is Carol". This is reminiscent of Neo's line in The Matrix "My name is Neo" and a possible allusion to that film. Both films deal with a protagonist who is extremely powerful and goes on a journey of self discovery.
  • Nick Fury tells Goose, "I'm trusting you not to eat me," towards the end of the movie. Shortly afterwards, Goose scratches Fury, causing him to lose his left eye as he is seen at the very end with a patch over his left eye. This is a callback to Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) where Fury tells Captain America, "Last time I trusted someone, I lost an eye."
  • Carol's powers came from an exploding Pegasus ship engine. We later learn the engine was powered by the Tesseract, making Captain Marvel the first (chronologically) MCU hero whose powers are derived from an Infinity Stone. (The space stone is hidden within it.) Wanda Maximov/Scarlet Witch and her brother, Pietro/Quicksilver, would become the second two (the Mind stone).
  • Captain Marvel During the scene where Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) and Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) break out of an office that they are locked in using scotch tap on the finger print scanner, Nick Fury says, "wait to you see what I can do with a paper clip." This is a homage to the movie Wargames, where David (Matthew Broderick) breaks out of an office and then uses a paper clip on a pay phone to make a phone call.
  • At the beginning of the flim when Vers is dropped to the Blockbuster, she blasted up the movie poster "True Lies". It's a metaphor to her life since she has actually blasted up the lies of her past and identity through the flim.
  • Captain Marvel stores the Tesseract inside a "The Fonz" vintage lunchbox. On the sitcom television show Happy Days (1974), Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli displayed almost magical or psychokinetic powers to manipulate technology by touch, nudging or snapping of his fingers.
  • When Carol is in the bar trying to retrace her past, she looks at old photos of various aircraft. As she starts to pay particular attention to a picture of an F-15, you can see a picture to the left, of the giant fortress aircraft piloted by the Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger.
  • The dogfight scene over the desert where Maria shoots-down Minerva appears to be a nod to Independence Day (1996) where Will Smith's character shoots down an alien as well over what appears to be the same canyon. Yon-Rogg is then dragged through the desert like the alien shot-down in ID.
  • In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013), Phil Coulson is resurrected using the biology of a Kree, in a project tagged "TAHITI".
  • To act as an incubator of sorts, Goose swallows the Tesseract for safe transportation. This may be an homage to The Avengers (2012) in which Bruce Banner is approached by Natasha Romanov who briefs him about the Tesseract. His response to her is "What does Fury want me to do, swallow it?"
  • During the scene where the Kree ship pursues the prototype Quinjet through the desert canyon, there is a shot of both aircraft swooping down, nearly hitting the ground before rising up again. This shot is almost an exact copy of one used during the canyon chase in Independence Day (1996).
  • In the second and final bonus scene after the credits, when Goose the cat pukes up the Tesseract like a hairball on Fury's desk the CRT computer monitor and keyboard are black, vs the earlier vintage computers that were all beige. This showed the audience that the story had jumped forward several years from 1995 to somewhere in the 2000-2005 era when black or gray were the predominant colors of PC hardware, but before the transition to LCD's.
  • Though many films of the MCU have teased an "F-bomb," this is the first time it's actually fully used. Ultimately spoken by Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury when Goose the Cat scratches his eye out.
  • Yon-Rogg is the 5th MCU villain to be revealed through a plot twist following Aldrich Killian from Iron Man 3 (2013), The Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes & Alexander Pierce from Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), and Ego from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017). All other villains were either building up their intentions as a villain, or were clearly evil from their first appearance.
  • In keeping with the era in which the film is set, the action is inspired by many 1990s action movies. For example, Vers sparring with Yon-Rogg and meeting the Supreme Intelligence inside a giant simulation evokes scenes from The Matrix (1999); the scene where Vers is just able to board a moving train is reminiscent of the finale of Speed (1994), while the dogfight in the canyon at the end is an almost shot-for-shot homage to a similar scene in Independence Day (1996).
  • When Captain Marvel and her allies explore Dr. Lawson's(Annette Benning) lab, there is a sticky note on a computer monitor that reads "What planet are you from?", which was also the title of a 2000 film also starring Benning and the late, fellow MCU alum, Garry Shandling(Iron Man 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier).
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