WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Captain Marvel, in theaters now.
While Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's Captain Marvel has plenty of Marvel Cinematic Universe references for Marvel fans to hunt for, it also has several nods to one of the most iconic films of the 1990s, Pulp Fiction, which also happens to star Captain Marvel's Samuel L. Jackson.
Released in 1994, just one year before Captain Marvel is set, Quentin Tarantino's crime thriller has become a certified classic and has been referenced in everything from cartoons to movies. However, it turns out that Jackson's presence in both Captain Marvel and Pulp Fiction isn't the only thing that ties them together.
This movie is based pic.twitter.com/w89oGixUsT— Jeff Rothman (KIRSTIN 1) (A&A 70) (PTX 88) (@amazingjr87) March 10, 2019
On Twitter, Jeff Rothman pointed out two clear references to Pulp Fiction. Firstly, fans can see Ben Mendelsohn's Talos slurping a soda in what appears to be a homage to the scene where Jackson's Jules Winnfield guzzles a soda to wash down a bite of a Big Kahuna Burger.
Rothman spotted another Pulp Fiction similarity when Fury and Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) are riding together in dark suits. While that alone isn't too remarkable, the way the scene is framed mirrors the famous Pulp Fiction driving scenes where Jackson's Jules and John Travolta's Vincent Vega discussed the merits of European McDonald's.
As ComicBook.com noted, Captain Marvel and Pulp Fiction both featured similar plot McGuffins. Where Tarrantino's movie featured a briefcase filled with a mysterious glowing object, Captain Marvel featured the Tesseract, which was blue with an Infinity Stone's glow, inside of a Happy Days lunchbox.
It's important to remember this isn't the first time Tarantino's masterpiece has been mentioned in the MCU. In 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Winnfield's "Path of the righteous man" line is quoted on Nick Fury's headstone.
Captain Marvel had plenty of other '90s references too. Danvers crashes into a Blockbuster Video store, Stan Lee is seen reading the script for his cameo in Kevin Smith's Mallrats, and Captain Marvel uses AltaVista as a search engine. Captain Marvel's soundtrack is also a trip down memory lane with notable songs from '90 favorites like Garbage, TLC, Nirvana and No Doubt. Given the prominence of Pulp Fiction in the '90s film canon, it's not surprising that the MCU film features references to it as well.
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.