One year after Brie Larson was announced in the titular role, Marvel Studios took to the stage at San Diego Comic-Con to offer new intel on its long-brewing Captain Marvel spinoff movie, telling us all about its 1990s setting, the Skrulls, and the addition of Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury.
Why the ’90s, you ask? Well, according to Kevin Feige, Captain Marvel‘s time period was decided early on in the development process, which is rather fitting when you consider that it’s due to release in between two of the studio’s biggest movies yet: Avengers: Infinity War and its as-yet-untitled sequel. Ever since then, though, fans have been eagerly awaiting further casting news and in particular, an announcement for who would play the villain. Well, the time has now come for that to be revealed, as Variety reports that Rogue One star Ben Mendelsohn is in talks for the role.
According to them, he’d likely play the leader of the Skrulls, though no further details were disclosed and that remains unconfirmed for now. Still, this is a hugely exciting casting choice, especially since Mendelsohn excels in antagonistic roles and having an actor of his caliber involved in the pic would bode very well for it.
Dubbed the “bridge between two worlds,” what we can tell you about the film with 100% certainty is what we mentioned before. That being that Captain Marvel will finally factor the Skrulls into the equation. Those shape-shifting alien nasties have been a mainstay of the Marvel comics for generations, so it’ll be fascinating to watch how newly-appointed directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck incorporate them into their Brie Larson-fronted spinoff when the movie takes flight on March 8th, 2019.
As things stand, that release date is smack bang in the middle of Avengers: Infinity War and the so-far untitled Avengers 4, which has sparked rumors that Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers will appear in either one (or perhaps both!) of Joe and Anthony’s Marvel blockbusters. Stay tuned for more on that front.