‘Captain Marvel’ Gets Criticized By Band’s Art Director Over ‘Bootleg’ T-Shirt
By Mikelle Leow, 11 Mar 2019
Image by Marvel Studios via IMDb
Set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel is a visual godsend for retrophiles. Even when teasing the film, Marvel Studios dove deep into 90s mania, creating a dedicated, Comic Sans-heavy site using dated web design trends.
The movie therefore serves as an excellent vessel for 90s design, and features merchandise from bands that enjoyed their heyday during that decade. Rob Sheridan, a former art director for American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails (NIN), was thus surprised to see the group’s logo on the t-shirt of ‘Carol Danvers’.
However, he stresses that the apparel was a “bootleg.”
“‘Captain Marvel’ claims to be a ‘hero,’ yet she wears what is very clearly a BOOTLEG NIN shirt, stealing money from hard-working musicians,” Sheridan tweets. He also calls the supposed counterfeit, “Shameful.”
In describing why he could tell the t-shirt was a replica, Sheridan says that the border surrounding the band’s typeface is “too thin,” and is a feature that copycats “always get… wrong.”
“I had to deal with people f***ing up this logo for years,” he adds.
The appearance of the t-shirt, sadly, kind of spoilt his viewing experience. “[The logo] was all I could see through the whole f***ing movie,” he reflects. “This is my curse.”
On hindsight, Sheridan agrees that bootleg t-shirts are a true marker of the 90s, and that he did enjoy the plot despite the possible design rip-off.
“Please make ‘Goose’ [the cat] an Avenger,” he pleads.
Captain Marvel claims to be a "hero," yet she wears what is very clearly a BOOTLEG NIN shirt, stealing money from hard-working musicians. Shameful. pic.twitter.com/IwUGaXdxH0— Rob Sheridan 🔜 ECCC (@rob_sheridan) March 9, 2019
You can tell it's a bootleg because they always get the outside rectangle wrong. It's too thin, it's supposed to be the same width as the letters. I had to deal with people fucking up this logo for years, it was all I could see through the whole fucking movie. This is my curse. pic.twitter.com/AWzVOueRzT— Rob Sheridan 🔜 ECCC (@rob_sheridan) March 9, 2019
But the movie was fun. Please make Goose an Avenger.— Rob Sheridan 🔜 ECCC (@rob_sheridan) March 9, 2019
IT DOES NOT ADHERE TO THE STYLE GUIDE— Rob Sheridan 🔜 ECCC (@rob_sheridan) March 9, 2019
I’m now subscribing to the theory that it was meant to be a bootleg (as would be sold on the streets of LA in 1995), and it’s actually next-level attention to era-accurate detail.— Rob Sheridan 🔜 ECCC (@rob_sheridan) March 9, 2019
Honestly it kind of lent some authenticity to it, since she took the shirt from a random shop and there were so many bootlegs out there in those days.— Rob Sheridan 🔜 ECCC (@rob_sheridan) March 9, 2019
[via Comicbook, images via various sources]
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