In this report for Letterboxd News, I hear from the cast and filmmakers behind Captain Marvel, the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

As the last Marvel Cinematic Universe film to be released before next month’s Avengers: Endgame, it’s reasonable to think that Captain Marvel might’ve been in jeopardy of being overshadowed by the anticipation for the follow-up to last year’s Avengers: Infinity War. Together, these two epics more or less define the modern blockbuster, and cast a wide shadow.

But in actuality, Captain Marvel is in very little danger of being eclipsed by her studio stablemate, thanks primarily to the many ways the 21st entry in the Marvel canon sets itself apart from every MCU film that has come before it.

For one thing, it’s set in the 1990s, and boy does it have the musical cues to prove it. More significantly, it is the first MCU film to center around a female character, played by Oscar-winner Brie Larson. It’s also the first MCU film to have a woman calling the shots: Anna Boden, who co-directed with her longtime collaborator Ryan Fleck.