‘Captain Marvel’ Co-Director on How That ‘True Lies’ Standee Ended Up in the Film

“I think we tried to use ‘The Mask’ with Jim Carrey and we thought that would be funny,” says Ryan Fleck

Last Updated: March 8, 2019 @ 12:11 PM

Early on in “Captain Marvel,” when Vers (Brie Larson) lands inside of Blockbuster Video, she blasts away a standee from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “True Lies” to hilarious effect.

So how did the filmmakers land on that to be the standee that gets blasted, and were there any other not-great ’90s movies that almost got that spot? During the “Captain Marvel” press conference which took place last month at The Beverly Hilton, co-director Ryan Fleck gave the answer.

“I think we tried to use ‘The Mask’ with Jim Carrey and we thought that would be funny,” said Fleck.

“But the studio did not give us permission to use it, so, ah — bummer,” he added.

Right now, independent trackers have the latest MCU film earning an opening weekend of as much as $145 million. But between the overwhelming interest in seeing the first Marvel solo female superhero movie and its connection to the even more anticipated “Avengers: Endgame,” analysts who spoke to TheWrap say there’s a chance that “Captain Marvel” could beat the female lead opening record of $158 million, which was set by “Catching Fire” in November 2013.

And if “Captain Marvel” really over-indexes, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that it could break the March opening weekend record of $174.7 million, set by the 2017 remake of “Beauty and the Beast.” Already, Fandango notes that “Captain Marvel” has had the most ticket presales on their site of any film since “Avengers: Infinity War.”