While Brie Larson’s costume has understandably garnered the lion’s share of attention, on closer inspection the leaked set photos from Pinewood Atlanta Studios — primary filming location of a half-dozen Marvel Studios features — may reveal far more than a Kree military uniform.
First and foremost, although it was immediately assumed these shots are from the still-untitled Avengers 4, there’s a good chance they’re actually for Captain Marvel. Principal photography for the hero’s solo outing isn’t scheduled until early March, but a report from last fall indicated the film might shoot for a week in late January before diving headlong into production in the spring.
A cursory look at the photos point to this scene being set in Los Angeles, and not in the present day. In one photo, Larson holds an enormous map of the City of Angels, and in another we can spot what appears to be a California license plate attached to a motorcycle. And while the large car in the background could belong to a crew member, it’s more likely a relic of the late 1970s or early ’80s, intended to give the 1990s-set Captain Marvel a little added period authenticity.
The uniform is, of course, incongruous with the surroundings, and underscored by the map. Together, they suggest Larson’s Carol Danvers is a visitor, not only to the city but to the planet.
These shots may also provide more context for the set photos that surfaced earlier this week of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill. Speculation rocketed between Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp and Avengers 4, and it’s certainly possible the two were shooting pick-up scenes or a post-credits stinger. That Jackson sports Nick Fury’s signature eye patch and facial scar would seem to rule out Captain Marvel, which takes place before the character’s injury, but that may be a ruse. To muddy the waters even further, Captain Marvel co-director Ryan Fleck was reportedly spotted on set, but that could be explained away by Larson’s scene.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck from a screenplay by Nicole Perlman, Meg LeFauve and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, DeWanda Wise and Ben Mendelsohn. The film is set to hit theaters on March 6, 2019, from Marvel Studios.
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