From young Dumbledore to 1990s Marvel?
That’s the latest scoop from Variety, which claims that Jude Law (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald) has opened talks to join Brie Larson as Captain Marvel‘s male lead. Negotiations are ongoing, though assuming a deal falls into place, Law will be rubbing shoulders with Star Wars alum Ben Mendelsohn, who has seemingly signed on to play the villain.
Details of his role are practically non-existent – ditto for Mendelsohn, though there are signs to suggest he’ll be spearheading the Skrulls come 2019 – but Variety notes that Jude Law’s potential character is best described as a mentor to the up-and-coming Carol Danvers.
Who is Danvers, exactly? She’s an Air Force pilot whose DNA is fused with that of an alien during a near-fatal accident. The resulting alteration imbues her with the superpowers of strength, energy projection, and flight, so it’s small wonder why Kevin Feige believes Captain Marvel could go on to become the strongest member lining the ranks of the Avengers.
Story-wise, we know Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Gotham City Sirens, Tomb Raider) penned the most recent draft of Marvel’s female-led actioner, while previous treatments originated from Inside Out scribe Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman, who is perhaps best known for her work on Guardians of the Galaxy.
Indeed, we’ve also gained some intel on Captain Marvel‘s premise: it’ll primarily take place in the 1990s, long before Nick Fury lost an eye and dreamed up the Avengers Initiative. And yes, it’ll finally usher the Skrulls into the MCU, which could have massive ramifications for the franchise’s continuity. They are shape-shifting aliens, after all.