WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Captain Marvel, in theaters now.
While it looked like Anne Boden and Ryan Fleck's Captain Marvel had some righteous Pulp Fiction nods, it turns out they were likely nothing more than a coincidence.
For those who need a refresher, Captain Marvel appeared to have at least two homages to Pulp Fiction. A driving scene featuring Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) drew comparisons to one featuring Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Jackson), and there was also a shot of Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) drinking from a cup that seemingly copied the vibe of Pulp Fiction.
Speaking to CinemaBlend's ReelBlend podcast, Captain Marvel cinematographer Ben Davis claimed those weren't intentional references, saying, "I think those are more coincidences. I mean the fact that Sam [Jackson] is driving the car [laughs] may be a reason why. There’s only so many places you can put a camera to cover a car scene. And a young Samuel L. Jackson’s driving the car, I think that’s purely coincidence."
He did, however, admit that Mendelsohn might have snuck one in: "Ben [Mendelsohn] drinking the shake, I think that was pure Ben. And, you’ll have to ask him that question, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he wasn’t riffing on that idea."
Boden and Fleck took the Marvel Cinematic Universe back to 1995, including references to Blockbuster Video and Mallrats. It wouldn't have been shocking to see some sort of nod to Pulp Fiction, though that doesn't appear to have been the case.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck from a script they wrote with Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch, Meg LeFauve, Nicole Perlman and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as the commander of Starforce, 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.