Technology allows us to do some really spectacular things these days. When it comes to films, especially in the superhero genre, the advancements in CGI and motion-capture have allowed studios to create worlds that we never dreamed were possible. With the tools that the post-production teams have at their disposal, we’re able to see characters like Thanos and the Black Order that look 100-percent real. It also allows for flashback scenes, like we had in Ant-Man with Michael Douglas and Ant-Man and the Wasp with Michelle Pfeiffer, where the characters are “de-aged” in a way that makes it look legitimate.
With 2019’s Captain Marvel being set in the ’90s, this technology is going to be used once again, but on a much grander scale. The 69-year-old Samuel L. Jackson will be ever-present in the film as a young Nick Fury, and not only is he going to have both of his eyes, but Marvel Studios is going to have to shave about 25 years off the actor. Thankfully, we know what they’re capable of already!
During an interview with /film, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige spoke about the use of this technology. While he did say that it helps to have actors like Jackson who have aged well, he’s really excited about what they’re able to do, saying:
“Well, I think having the option is pretty amazing. And I think having the technology and even without spoiling anything, Sam Jackson is shooting a movie for us right now that takes, where he’s entirely 25 years younger the whole movie.”
Jackson’s Nick Fury isn’t the only returning character that will be in Captain Marvel. With the film taking place prior to his death in The Avengers, a certain S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent will also be in tow, just much younger, as Feige noted:
“And [Phil] Coulson. So that’ll be the first one where it’s a character for the whole movie, as opposed to a glimpse at a certain period of time. It’s the whole movie. So it’s possible, assuming that works. It’s possible. It’s very good when you are starting by the way with somebody like Michelle Pfeiffer or Michael Douglas or for that matter Sam Jackson or Clark Gregg.”
We’ll be able to see just how young these gentlemen look when Captain Marvel opens in theaters on March 8th, 2019.