Jude Law is set to debut as Mar-Vell next year in Captain Marvel, but the Marvel Studios film will alter the role the character plays in Carol Danvers' origin story.
While speaking with Uproxx, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said Mar-Vell's role will deviate from the comic book source material. "But as that character connects to the origin of Carol Danvers' Captain Marvel," he explained. "We're pulling from some of that for inspiration."
Feige also revealed he wasn't particularly familiar with Mar-Vell, saying, "I knew some about him, but it was definitely Carol Danvers who was most interesting to us and why we choose her."
Mar-Vell, aka the original Captain Marvel, is a member of the alien 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 superpowers. 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.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as Walter Lawson/Mar-Vell, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath, and Ben Mendelsohn and Lashana Lynch in undisclosed roles. The film is targeted for release on March 8, 2019.