Annette Bening, renowned stage and screen actor, is the latest celebrity to be sucked into the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s endlessly hungry maw. Appearing on last night’s The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Bening described her role in the upcoming Captain Marvel—“I play the Supreme Intelligence, who is a godlike entity ... the leader of the Kree people, the artificial intelligence which consists of the greatest intellects of the Kree people for the last million years”—before admitting that, despite understanding that word salad, she had a hard time wrapping her head around the rest of the script.
“I had some basic knowledge, having watched the movies and enjoyed them,” Bening says. “However, when I read the script I did find it slightly confusing.”
“However, I took into my confidence—and the confidence of the entire Disney corporation—two of my kids, who I then told the story to and asked them to please explain to me what the hell was going on. Which they then did.”
As if to back up how utterly goddamn bizarre and convoluted Marvel movies have become, Bening then shows a clip from the movie of herself speaking mysteriously to Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers, one in which both of them are wearing silly spacesuits and surrounded by CGI planets and aliens. Colbert, referencing one of Bening’s other recent films, says it looks “a little different than an adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull.”
The two also speak at length about the incredible secrecy of the Superhero Industrial Complex, with Bening revealing that she “literally did go in the middle of the night, on a plane, to a secret location” to film the movie.
While all of this may sound ridiculous, Bening seems pretty into it all. “Every moment was, for me, such a joy,” she says. Whether this enthusiasm was prodded on by a Disney executive just off-set, holding one of her Marvel-loving children hostage, remains unknown.
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