Before joining Earth's Mightiest Heroes in Avengers 4, Carol Danvers will be flying solo in Captain Marvel. The film, which is coming in 2019, has been relatively quiet with casting announcements, but fortunately for any geeks who're thirsty for more info, a classic Marvel character is officially joining Captain Marvel's fight against the Skrull empire...
MCU Heroes, Get Ready To Welcome Mar-Vell
According to Variety, #JudeLaw is in talks to co-star in Captain Marvel as –– drumroll, please –– Dr. Walter Lawson, also known as Mar-Vell, a.k.a the original Captain Marvel. According to the site's description, Lawson will act as Carol Danvers' mentor, showing her the ropes of her incredible, alien-based power set.
Keep in mind his casting isn't official just yet, but the odds of him joining the superhero franchise are quite favorable at this point. Mar-Vell has been one of the characters that fans have been clamoring to see on the big screen for a long time.
There were a lot of theories that he would join Danvers' standalone story, so it's exciting to finally have confirmation that that will be the case. Now, in case you're a little rusty in your Captain Marvel mythology, allow me to help...
Who Exactly Is Mar-Vell?
In true comic book fashion, this man's story is extremely convoluted, so take a deep breath and get ready for a ride. Mar-Vell isn't human, but his resemblance to Earth-dwellers comes courtesy of his Kree ancestors reproducing with other humanoid races, which spawned human-like aliens that came to be known as "Pink Kree." Mar-Vell's involvement with Earth came about as a master plan from the Supreme Intelligence, ruler of the Kree empire.
The entity plotted to awaken a human's genetic potential and link it to the mind of a Pink Kree so that, once together, he could take over their minds and use them as devoted soldiers to destroy Earth. Mar-Vell was the soldier picked for the task alongside the love of his life, Una, and his longtime rival, Yon-Rogg. Once they landed on our fair planet, Mar-Vell saw the death of a scientist named Walter Lawson, who was on his way to Cape Canaveral.
Walter and Mar-Vell conveniently looked alike, so our space traveler decided to take up his identity and travel to the dead man's original destination to study humans' progress with space exploration. Once there, he met #CarolDanvers, who was acting as the facility's chief of security. Eventually, the two fell in love, but their relationship wouldn't come without its hurdles.
The Beginning Of A Hero
At one point, Yon-Rogg reactivated a #Kree Sentry brought to Earth by the Fantastic Four, with the intention to kill Mar-Vell. The hero fought him off, however. People misheard his name, and branded him as the world's newest hero, Captain Marvel. Since he took on that identity, Mar-Vell went on a variety of insane adventures as Earth's defender.
Eventually, his heroic path led him to an interesting partnership with Rick Jones, a.k.a. the Hulk's best friend, whom he got fused with. Together, they formed a dual identity similar to Donald Blake and Thor's. The original Captain Marvel also had a part to play in giving Carol Danvers her powers.
You see, not giving up on destroying his rival, Yon-Rogg kidnapped Danvers and threatened to kill her. Mar-Vell defeated Rogg, but during their brutal battle, Carol was bombarded with Kree radiation that gave her a similar physiology as Mar-Vell's, thus kickstarting a variety of incredible abilities.
That's quite a resume, but sadly, his cosmic adventures weren't meant to last. During a fight with a villain known as Nitro, Mar-Vell had to prevent a canister of nerve gas from exploding. He managed to seal it, but he couldn't avoid breathing some of it in, which caused him to develop cancer. Eventually, he passed away.
There's very little we know about Captain Marvel's plot to make an educated guess on the fate of the character, but seeing how the film takes place in the '90s and taking into account his ultimate fate in the comics, I'm wondering whether Mar-Vell will survive the film or die. I guess we'll find out in a little over a year from now.
Mar-Vell is one of those characters that can bring a lot to the #MCU, not just in terms of spectacle, but also on the emotional side of things. He's a soldier who found a better path for himself and against all odds decided to follow it, so I can't wait to see where he goes in the franchise. Captain Marvel will fly into theaters on March 8, 2019.
What do you think about Jude Law possibly playing Mar-Vell in Captain Marvel? How do you feel about the character finally coming to the MCU? Let me know in the comments!