Marvel Studios has been no stranger to the digital de-aging process in recent years, having used it for brief flashbacks with Michael Douglas in Ant-Man, Robert Downey Jr. in Captain America: Civil War, Kurt Russell in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and now Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer and Laurence Fishburne in Ant-Man and The Wasp. It was assumed the same technology would be applied to the upcoming Captain Marvel, which features Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in the early 90’s, but now Kevin Feige has confirmed to Slash Film that moviegoers will see Samuel L. Jackson de-aged for the entire runtime of the film.
Feige praised the technology as “pretty amazing,” while also saying that “without spoiling anything, Sam Jackson is shooting a movie for us right now where he’s entirely 25 years younger the whole movie,” clearly pointing towards his role in Captain Marvel. Feige said that the de-aging effect will also be used for Clark Gregg, who will be reprising his fan-favorite role S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson, and that if audiences respond positively to it then there’s certainly a chance of making future prequels with the tech, especially given certain actors’ large body of work as reference.
“You have all the reference material and they have aged amazingly,” said Feige. “They’ve not aged like normal humans… It’s like Paul Rudd. He somehow can do that effect in real life.”
Captain Marvel follows Carol Danvers (Brie Larson, Room) as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, the film is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Brie Larson is joined in the film by Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Algenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte, McKenna Grace, with Annette Bening, and Jude Law. Reprising their roles from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy are Djimon Hounsou and Lee Pace, and returning once again to a Marvel Studios film will be Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson.
Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel is directed by the writing/directing team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, whose credits include Mississippi Grind and Half Nelson. An all-star collective of accomplished writers penned the screenplay, including Meg LeFauve (Inside Out), Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy), Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb Raider), Liz Flahive & Carly Mensch (Glow) and Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck.
Feige is the producer of Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Patty Whitcher and Stan Lee are executive producers, with Lars Winther serving as co-producer/first assistant director and David Grant serving as co-producer.
Captain Marvel will debut in theaters on March 8, 2019.