It’s not a secret that Captain Marvel was full of pop culture references, including a reference from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s True Lies, but it seems like one took an entirely different shape.
“The Mask’ Reference almost made it to ‘Captain Marvel’
During a recent Empire interview, Captain Marvel directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden revealed one thing that didn’t make into the final cut of the film. The cardboard cut-out that Brie Larson destroys after crash-landing into a Blockbuster was initially supposed to be Jim Carrey’s The Mask.
“We really wanted it to be The Mask, because of the green head,” Boden revealed. “The idea is that she thinks it’s a Skrull. We initially tried to get that but they wouldn’t clear it.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s True Lies Easter Egg
In Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers blasts an Arnold Schwarzenegger’s True Lies face-off standee, which was something that served as its own nod to the larger tone of the film.
“James Cameron is of course an action legend,” Fleck added. “I worked in a video story in 1995 and I remember those True Lies standees – it was more nostalgia than anything.”
The Mask Reference Would’ve Been SO COOOL!
Even then it’s not easy to deny that The Mask standee would’ve worked on a whole new level and would’ve been a great nod to the film’s Skrulls. While Captain Marvel may not have had a nod to The Mask, so it went with 90s pop culture, something that Captain Marvel creative team was excited to do.
“It allows us to play in an area that we have never played in before.” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige explained last year. “And tapping into a ’90s action genre was fun for us, and being able to see an earlier part of the MCU before Nick Fury knew anything about aliens or anything about super-powered people. And also tapping into the Kree-Skrull War, which in the comics was a huge part of the comic mythology, seemed like a fun thing to try and a fun way to give Carol Danvers her own standalone origin story.”