Taking advantage of its 90's setting, Captain Marvel features younger incarnations of future S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives Nick Fury and Phil Coulson, years before the two are constantly tasked with saving the world, one super-powered incident at a time.
In a new interview, Samuel L. Jackson reveals the appeal of portraying a younger version of the character, in his first chronological appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"Most enjoyable thing about him? I guess, like I said, he’s not burdened by the weight of the world the way he is and he hadn’t come to resent the powers that be in terms of how they view the world and how they view what he does, and the serious of the situation," explained Jackson in an interview with Collider. "They’re totally unaware of it right now. So his next challenge is convincing them that we do need to enlist people who have extraordinary gifts that can help us defend not just the country but the world.
Set over a decade before Fury's first appearance in 2008's Iron Man, the character not only possesses both eyes but is far-off from his eventual position as the world's top spy as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. How the events of the film will ultimately impact the character (and if he retains both eyes by the end of the movie) are yet to be seen.
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 in an undisclosed role. The film arrives on March 8.