Actor Jude Law will be playing Kree warrior Mar-Vell in the upcoming Captain Marvel film and he just revealed some key details about the character and what we can expect.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Law describes Mar-Vell:
“He is driven by a belief in the divine leadership of the Kree people. So he’s almost a devout warrior — unquestioning, conservative, but inspirational.”
He went on to discuss his relationship with Carol and how the two work together in the Starforce.
“These extraordinary powers she has, he sees them as something of a blessing and something that she has to learn how to control. That’s a motif throughout the piece, the element of learning to control one’s emotions and to use your powers wisely.”
Brie Larson who plays Carol Danvers also added her own thoughts on the relationship between Mar-Vell and Carol:
“There’s a lot and back and forth that comes with the two of them, which kind of creates a little bit of tension with the rest of Starforce. Like, ‘Why do they have a special relationship, and why isn’t it me?'”
We don’t have a lot of information about Staforce, but EW describes them as an “elite military team” that operate on the Kree planet of Hala. Directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden describe them as the SEAL Team Six of space. The team consists of Carol, Djimon Hounsou’s Korath, Minn-Erva played by Gemma Chan, Bron-Char played by Rune Temte, and Att-Lass portrayed by Algenis Perez Soto. The team is led by Law’s Mar-Vell. It also appears that Ronan will be involved with the team to some extent.
In the comics, Starforce was a Kree military unit that defended the planet of Kree-Lar against the Shi’ar during the Kree/Shi’ar Intergalactic War. The team consisted of Dr. Minerva, Shatterax, Supremor, Captain Atlas, Korath the Pursuer, and Ultimus. They would eventually come into contact with the Avengers team led by Captain America. They believed the Avengers were allies of the Shi’ar attempting to assassinate the leaders of the Kree Empire and conflict ensued.
The Kree Empire would eventually lose the war against the Shi’ar, and the Starforce would come under Shi’ar rule and be added to the Shi’ar’s military division, the Imperial Guard.
Given that Korath the Pursuer is part of the Starforce and Ronan is working with them, it’s more than likely the film might give us further insight as to why Korath and Ronan were exiled in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s also highly likely that the Starforce won’t make it out of this movie alive. Although, I wouldn’t be surprised if Captain Marvel does have some allies she brings with her in order to take on Thanos and reset the balance of the universe in Avengers 4.
Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige added his own comments expressing his admiration for Law.
“He’s somebody we have admired for a long time and have wanted to find a role for in our movies, and as fate works in your favor, his part in this is extraordinary. He really came to play.”
Law would then explain why he joined Marvel Studios:
“It just seemed like an interesting party to join in with at an interesting time in their ascendancy. That to me is an interesting playground to work in because suddenly you’ve got filmmakers who are looking at humor and script work and character, within an infrastructure that is obviously capable of creating enormous universes and worlds and special effects — while also not bogging down the creativity of the director.”
Captain Marvel comes to theaters on March 8 , 2019.