Captain Marvel is just a few months away from principal photography, which means the casting news will be flowing steadily from here on out. Ben Mendelsohn recently joined the cast as the film’s villain and now Variety reports that Jude Law is in negotiations to play Dr. Walter Lawson, a.k.a. Mar-Vell, a.k.a. the original Captain Marvel (or Captain Mar-Vell).
Dr. Lawson will serve as a mentor to Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) as she gets a handle on her new powers. In the comics, Lawson is a scientist, but not all he seems because the real Lawson actually died and Mar-Vell assumed his identity when the latter arrived on Earth. Mar-Vell is Kree, the same alien race as Ronan (Lee Pace) from Guardians of the Galaxy, which fits with the film as it will include, at least in part, the famous Kree-Skrull War.
We will have to see if Lawson is ever called Captain Marvel, or if he will simply be revealed as Mar-Vell. His origin may also shift from the comics, but his presence suggests Carol Danvers’ journey to becoming Captain Marvel may have some overlap with her own source material.
In the comics, Danvers actually gets her powers from Mar-Vell. Danvers had been kidnapped by a character named Yon-Rogg and when Mar-Vell tried to help, he ended up being knocked out. He was in mortal danger, as a Kree weapon known as the Pysche-Magnitron, which also grants wishes (it’s comics), was set to explode. During the blast, Danvers shielded Mar-Vell and wished for his powers (strength, flight, energy blasts, etc.) so that she could better protect him. Her wish was granted.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe will tell its own version of that story, or take the same characters (minus Yon-Rogg, perhaps) and do something completely different with them. Either way, the comic book source of Danvers’ powers is now set to be in the film.
Captain Marvel is scheduled for release on March 8, 2019. It has been written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb Raider) based on drafts from Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out). Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are directing (Mississippi Grind).