Captain Marvel stars, directors wow fans in Singapore

Teng Yong Ping
Lifestyle Editor
(From left to right) Gemma Chan, Samuel L. Jackson , Brie Larson, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck at a fan event for ‘Captain Marvel’ at Marina Bay Sands. PHOTO: Getty Images

The cast and directors of upcoming blockbuster Captain Marvel came to Singapore on Thursday (14 February) as they made the first stop on their world tour to promote the latest movie from the hugely popular Marvel superheroes franchise.

Actors Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and Gemma Chan, as well as co-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, held a press conference at Marina Bay Sands attended by reporters from around Asia, before interacting with the crowd at a fan event in the evening.

Avengers: Infinity War, the most recent instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ended on a cliffhanger with Nick Fury (Jackson) paging Captain Marvel (Larson) for help, after supervillain Thanos (Josh Brolin) kills half of all the living things in the universe with a snap of his fingers.

So the question on everyone’s mind was: Will Captain Marvel be key to defeating Thanos in the next Avengers film? (We won’t see the purple villain in Captain Marvel, since it’s about the origin story of the female superhero before the Avengers existed.)

When asked, Larson teased, “That is a very good question, which I absolutely cannot answer.”

Brie Larson poses for a selfie with fans in Singapore at the fan event. PHOTO: Reuters

The Oscar-winning actress said she trained intensely for nine months, including judo and weightlifting, so that she could understand what female strength felt like and embody it. “It meant sometimes that I ended up on the floor crying, begging for (training) to stop. But all of that is who Carol is.”

Jackson, who plays a younger Fury (since the film is set in the ’90s), shed his scar and eye patch for Captain Marvel, and we’ll get to see him with hair too.

“It was the same way I played older Nick Fury, but with a little less knowledge,” said Jackson. “Having two eyes, I had a lot less instinct than older Nick Fury. I learned a lot from (Captain Marvel) in the course of the film.”

Gemma Chan, who was last seen as Astrid Young in Crazy Rich Asians, plays Kree spy Minerva this time round. She said, “The characters couldn’t be further apart. Astrid is gentle and kind. Minerva is kind of the opposite.  It was great to play a character who’s sarcastic. She has a lot of sassy one-liners.”

Captain Marvel opens in Singapore cinemas on 7 March. It tells the story of how Carol Danvers becomes one of the most powerful superheroes in the Marvel Comics universe.

Hopefully, it will also tell us where she disappeared to the whole time the Avengers were battling bad guys over the last 20 Marvel Studios films.

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