Captain Marvel Casts Jude Law As Male Lead

Jude Law is reportedly in talks to join Marvel's Captain Marvel as the male lead opposite Brie Lawson.

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Variety reports Law will star as Mar-Vell (Doctor Walter Lawson), described as "a mentor of sorts to [Carol] Danvers as she tries to figure out her new powers." Last month it was reported that Marvel Studios was looking at Rogue One: A Star Wars Story star Ben Mendelsohn to play the antagonist of the film, which is expected to be — but not confirmed as — a Skrull leader.

Mar-Vell, aka the original Captain Marvel, is a member of the alien race the Kree. There were rumors that Mar-Vell would play a role in the film, with the script including the Psyche-Magnitron machine. The device, built by the Kree, has a number of uses, but perhaps its most important is the ability to bestow people with super powers. It shares a long, somewhat tangled history with Carol Danvers, and is responsible for her becoming a superhero in the first place; in the comics, the machine responded to her half-Kree DNA, tapped into a subconscious desire to become a superhero, and stole energy from Mar-Vell’s Nega Bands (special gauntlets that amplified and added to Mar-Vell’s inherent abilities) in order to transform her into a superhuman.

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Starring Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel is set in the ’90s, and will draw upon elements of Marvel Comics’ Kree/Skrull War. Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck from a script by Geneva Robertson-Dworet, the film also stars Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. Captain Marvel arrives March 8, 2019.

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