Every fan looking forward to and every journalist covering Captain Marvel believe they know the identity of Jude Law’s character. Law, we assume, is playing Mar-Vell, the Kree hero from whom Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) inherits her powers in the comics, but that may not be the case. Marvel Studios specifically omitted the name of Law’s character despite sharing many other details with Entertainment Weekly.
All we know about Law’s role is that he is Kree and the commander of an elite unit known as Starforce. Carol Danvers, the eventual Captain Marvel, is a member of that team and Law will be mentoring her. “He is driven by a belief in the divine leadership of the Kree people,” Law tells EW. “So he’s almost a devout warrior — unquestioning, conservative, but inspirational.”
That still sounds like Mar-Vell, as does the relationship between Law’s character and Danvers. As is always the case when a leader has a prized pupil, other members of the Starforce become bitter and jealous. “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,” Brie Larson says. “Like, ‘Why do they have a special relationship, and why isn’t it me?’”
It is not Marvel Studios’ style to be unnecessarily coy about seemingly obvious information like J.J. Abrams. The studio’s reluctance to share the name of Law’s character is reasonable cause to suspect that he isn’t Mar-Vell after all.
There could be a big twist with Law’s character involving a departure from the comic book source material. Perhaps we’ll learn Law is actually a Skrull, the Kree Supreme Intelligence, or some other character merely posing as Mar-Vell (or taking on some other name) as a means of recruiting the very powerful Danvers to his true cause. My suspicion that there’s a twist involving Law’s character will grow if we still do not know the name of this character as we walk into the theater to see the film.
Identities aside, Law is excited to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as he tells EW about the guidance he got from his Sherlock Holmes castmate and MCU veteran Robert Downey, Jr. “I don’t know that he ever gave me any advice, but he obviously had a great time making these,” Law says. “He talked a little bit about how [making a Marvel movie is like] fitting this one piece into a bigger picture that someone else has got their eyes on, and giving yourself over to that. It’s not about trying to understand everything. Just do your piece.”
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige believes Law has successfully done his part. “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,” Feige says. “He really came to play.”
Now, if only we could confirm what part Law came to play.
SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly