Captain Marvel comes out in 20 days and that is when the MCU fest of 2019 begins. We get the first ever female-led MCU film as Brie Larson makes her debut in the Ryan Fleck & Ana Boden Directed film. It was recently revealed that Captain Marvel has a 2 Hours 4 Minutes run time, so it actually falls in the league with the likes of Doctor Strange and Ant-Man and the Wasp which are the only movies in MCU Phase 3 to have a run time shorter than Captain Marvel.
AMC theatres initially confirmed that Captain Marvel has a 2 Hours 10 Minutes run time, but it was then revealed to be slashed by 6 minutes. So 6 minutes may not be that big of a deal if the creatives feel that the story is fitting in 124 minutes. But we just have to know whether or not there were any great moments that we could have gotten but didn’t make it to the final cut as they weren’t fitting in due to pacing issues.
If you remember, Tom Hardy revealed that his favorite moments which lasted about 30-40 minutes actually didn’t make it to the final cut of Venom. So, this aspect is common with these big budget CGI films, or rather any film. Sometimes studios make a compulsion to have a movie run in strictly limited run time, and sometimes it is decided according to the pacing of the film.
For Captain Marvel, we believe that it has to pay off many lose hanging threads, and 124 minutes may just be enough to tell a compelling story by solving all the mysteries like the case of Nick Fury’s eye, the Infinity War pager moment, Jude Law’s mystery character, Captain Marvel being away for more than 2 decades, etc.
Directors Ryan Fleck & Ana Boden got to talking with Spot.ph and they confirmed that some scenes did not make the final cut. But they also mentioned the fact that we could be getting those scenes when the film releases for Home Video. Although we shouldn’t expect an extended cut as that is not the Marvel way. Here’s what the two had to say:
“Boden – That’s so hard, ’cause all the good ones ended up in the final film.
Fleck – DVD extras, you have to wait for the DVD extras.
Boden – That’s true. There’s a really kind of fascinating, bizarre, fun scene that didn’t make it into the final film, but yeah, you’ll have to wait for the DVD extras.”
Now we don’t really have any sorts of clue for what this scene could be, but “bizarre, funny” only makes me think of a quip probably involving Goose the Cat or perhaps even a Skrull. Captain Marvel is going to play a huge role in Avengers: Endgame after her story gets established in the MCU, and so the Russos will carry the baton forward.
Here’s what the two Endgame directors Joe & Anthony Russo had to say about Captain Marvel being in Endgame:
“Joe – It’s always a concern of ours about overpowering characters, because the reason that people relate to these characters is their humanity, and that they’re flawed. And the reason we love working so much with Captain America was that he was limited, and his heart was his superpower, you know? So we’re all acutely aware of the dangers of having an overly powerful character. [But] we like sensitive storytelling, so… we found a thoughtful way through it.
Anthony – That’s what kind of fires us up, I think, on a storytelling level, to be honest with you. Because when you do have powerful characters, you have to work that much harder to find their vulnerabilities and complexities. And Joe was mentioning on a storytelling level… and keep the stakes high! Because that’s where those characters are vulnerable… As storytellers, that’s been one of the most fun things we’ve had working with these characters is figuring out ways into them where they are vulnerable and they aren’t all powerful.”
Captain Marvel comes out on March 8, and Avengers: Endgame follows it on April 26.