All movies get an official internet web site, Captain Marvel receives one that’s a little behind the times!
Sometime during the 1990s, the movie industry realised that the internet could be used to help promote their latest products. Web pages started to appear that contained the bare essentials at the time, a synopsis, pictures and maybe a few other pieces of information.
As the internet grew faster and more popular along with the technology behind it, the websites became more elaborate with themed menus and Flash animations. When it worked, it looked glorious.
The first film from Marvel Studios this year is Captain Marvel, the story of Carol Danvers, a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, as she turns into one of the galaxy’s mightiest heroes and joins an elite Kree military team.
As with any big film release, Marvel has created a Captain Marvel website. However, in keeping with the plot of the film that is set in 1995, the web site has also been created to look like it is from that time period. It is a work of 90’s nostalgic and wonder.
If you were on the internet in the mid-90s, this was how everyone’s website used to look. By obtaining some free web space from a company like GeoCities, you could upload your own text and images with storage space limited in the single digits of megabytes.
Marvel has created a home page that brings back so many nostalgic memories for me. Whilst it is there to promote the film, it contains all the hallmarks from websites of that era.
You’ll see pictures reduced down to 256 colours and poorly edited. There are animated gifs of all descriptions, basic button layouts, fonts of all types and in different colours and to top it off, the guestbook and the obligatory counter to let you know how many people have visited your web page.
My words can’t do it justice, head over to the Captain Marvel web page now!
Captain Marvel opens in the US and UK on the 8th of March.