It’s a popular prediction among the fans that Jude Law will be assuming the role of Mar-Vell in next year’s Captain Marvel, but with his character’s name remaining officially undisclosed, part of you has to wonder if the team at Marvel Studios has something hide.
The star recently featured on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where he promoted the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. But though it’s been officially disclosed that Law will be playing a very familiar character in the Harry Potter spinoff, Colbert also took the opportunity to try to put the Captain Marvel speculation to rest. While brandishing a photo of Law in his Kree outfit, the host asked his guest repeatedly whether or not he’d be playing Mar-Vell. Unfortunately, the actor just kept reiterating, “I can’t tell you who I am.”
Beyond this, Law goes on to stress how strict Marvel Studios is about keeping spoilers under wraps, and based on the actor’s description (viewable from 4:40 onwards in the below video), there’s a reason why he and his peers are so reluctant to divulge the details.
This isn’t the only example in recent weeks of an MCU star fending off queries on a talk show. Tom Holland, for example, refused to say whether Spider-Man: Far From Home was a prequel during last month’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and when Benedict Cumberbatch was asked on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon whether his character will be returning in Avengers 4, he found a rather colorful way of dodging the question.
But while the evidence at hand suggests obvious answers to both of those questions (namely, Far From Home isn’t a prequel and Doctor Strange is coming back), Law’s role in the MCU remains a subject of speculation and debate, despite the current consensus very much being that he’s playing Mar-Vell.
We’ll find out if there’s more to Law’s character than meets the eye when Captain Marvel hits theaters on March 8th, 2019.