The whole world stopped when we were introduced to Marvel Studio’s “Captain Marvel” this past March. The highly-anticipated, blockbuster hit brought our favorite “shero” to life with compelling writing, a perfect cast and a touch of ‘90s magic. The film follows Carol Danvers as she uncovers her past and steps into the superhero role of Captain Marvel, all while developing her super-abilities for the intergalactic battle between her people and the evil Skrulls. Starring Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson, Jude Law, and Gemma Chan, this incredible film has captivated not only Marvel lovers, but audiences worldwide. But this isn’t just another superhero film. Thanks to its relatable, complex and simply badass female protagonist, “Captain Marvel” has broken the mold and is leading the way for how women are portrayed in film. Today, Melissa and I sat down with stars Akira Akbar and McKenna Grace who play Monica Rambeau and Young Carol, as well as Executive Producer Jonathan Schwartz on what it was like making this impactful film. Oh, and Goose the Cat, too! Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime show!
Our Favorite Sheroes
Akira Akbar and McKenna Grace are two 11-year-olds taking Hollywood by storm with their impressive acting skills. The two ladies joined us to talk about what this film has meant to them, and how the idea of “shero” has continued to inspire them in their everyday lives. They also discuss what it was like being on set, and the advice they received from Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson and more on looking natural on screen and staying motivated. Akira Akbar plays the beloved Monica Rambeau in her first official on-screen portrayal in the Marvel Universe, she and McKenna exchange personal stories of the top-secret audition process that led them to playing the roles of their lives.
An Exclusive Look
The Director of Visual Development, Andy Park took Melissa and I on an exclusive backstage tour of how they design the characters and what their in-house team of artists looks like. Park started as a comic book artist and illustrator, but has risen in the ranks to look over an incredible team of artists. Meeting with him was an amazing opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look into how they create the costumes (including a super cool body scan) and how they incorporated comics from the ‘80s into this modern day film.
Meeting the Man
To wrap up such a memorable day, we met with Executive Producer Jonathan Schwartz, who first joined the Marvel team while working as an assistant to Kevin Feige on “Iron Man 2” and worked his way up to executive producer for “Captain Marvel.” With such an impressive resume, Schwartz has been able to refine his skills to flawlessly produce the first ever female-led superhero movie. At a roundtable interview, we talk to him about how making “Captain Marvel” was so different from the other films he’s worked on in the past. Schwartz also goes into the impact the comics had on their character development for on-screen Carol Danvers.