With its throwback setting, Captain Marvel wears its pop culture influences on its sleeve, with one clear inspiration shown in an early piece of concept art.
Marvel Studios Head of Visual Development Andy Park posted a keyframe from the pre-production process of the film, which captures a nod to the classic fighter pilot film Top Gun as Carol Danvers speeds on a motorcycle with fighter jets soaring overhead.
Another really fun keyframe I painted up during preproduction on #CaptainMarvel Completely inspired by @TomCruise & Top Gun #topgun What song to you hear? #takemybreathaway or #highwaytothedangerzone pic.twitter.com/e8zUG888U6— Andy Park (@andyparkart) March 20, 2019
The Top Gun influences carried over to the final film, of course, with its competitive pilot characters. The film also renamed Carol's cat Goose after a character from the 1986 film, though the feline went by Chewie in the comics.
While Kenny Loggins' Danger Zone nor Berlin's Take My Breath Away appeared in Captain Marvel, neither track would be out of place and could hopefully show up as Carol blasts off in a potential sequel.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as Yon-Rogg, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau, Algenis Perez Soto as Att-Lass, McKenna Grace as a young Carol Danvers and Annette Bening as the Supreme Intelligence. The movie is in theaters now.