With the Captain Marvel Blu-Ray and digital home release out in the world now, fans can rewatch the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first female-led film. Of course, the joy of a home release is not just the film itself, but rather the extras that are included. Fans can find deleted scenes, blooper reels, and featurette documentary pieces about the making of the movie. But if you are a real obsessive (or just interested in filmmaking and storytelling), the real treasure is the audio commentary track. Best saved for after a few rewatches, the commentary features insight from the storytellers about scenes as they unfold on-screen. Spoilers for to follow, so if you’ve not picked up the Captain Marvel Blu Ray or digital download, check back after you’ve seen the movie.
Captain Marvel Blu Ray: Director’s Commentary
One of the coolest special features on the Captain Marvel Blu Ray is the feature commentary with directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. The filmmakers discuss the trials of making the movie, the joy of filming a touching Stan Lee cameo, and why they decided to tell the story the way they did. One of the biggest surprises in the movie is that the Skrulls are actually sympathetic characters. For decades in Marvel Comics, the shapeshifting Skrulls have been antagonists. One of the biggest storylines in the Marvel Universe in recent years was a plot that involved Skrulls replacing key humans, including superheroes. But for this film, the Skrulls end up being a persecuted people in search of a homeland. This sort of story is, unfortunately, as relevant an issue in the real-world. And using the Skrulls to tell that story was a very smart idea.
Why the Skrulls Are Sympathetic
During the scene where Ben Mendelsohn’s Talos reunites with his family, Boden and Fleck explained their reasoning behind the twist. Boden said during the commentary that this scene was “the heart of the movie,” because it involves Carol Danvers waking up for the first time. “Carol finds her humanity, and we really see the humanity of the Skrulls” as well, she said. What makes this great storytelling is because we’ve spent, at least, the entire movie believing these people are the villains. So, it’s an earned narrative twist, because at no point does anyone ask why the Kree and the Skrulls are at war. The act of shapeshifting is like lying, stealing others’ identities. So, it’s easy to make assumptions about their negative intent. Similarly, fans of the comics have been “trained” to see Skrull and think “bad guy.”
That’s what makes it such a powerful version of the message Boden and Fleck wanted to send to audiences. Boden went on to say that in that moment Talos reunites with his people, we are supposed to realize that instead of monsters, these are people who love their families, care about their people, and just want to live their lives. The filmmakers didn’t just want us to empathize with the villain, like Ryan Coogler did with Killmonger in Black Panther. Boden and Fleck wanted to take these people we thought were “bad” and show us that they are just victims of circumstance. It’s the kind of moral, social message found in comics for the past 50 years.
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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.