Today, Disney's website allegedly spoiled what is probably the worst-kept secret of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The plot point revolves around the identity of the character played by Jude Law in Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel.
In the official Disney photo gallery for the upcoming superhero film, we see an image of Law and Brie Larson's Carol Danvers. According to outlets like The Wrap and CinemaBlend, the photo originally held the caption "Jude Law as Mar-Vell, the leader of Starforce." When SYFY WIRE went to investigate, the caption simply read: "Leader of the Starforce." Unless this was a Photoshop hoax from the start, the caption was obviously changed sometime during the day for some unknown reason.
As we said, the secret wasn't all that great, since many fans were already pretty sure that Law would be portraying Mar-Vell, who, in the comics, was the first iteration of Captain Marvel. Created by Stan Lee and Gene Colan in the late 1960s, Mar-Vell was a member of the Kree dispatched to Earth and tasked with finding out whether humanity posed a threat to the Kree.
To blend in with the people, he took on the identity of dead scientist, Walter Lawson. While on Earth, he formed a close bond with a pre-Captain Marvel Carol Danvers, a romantic development that did not please Mar-Vell's alien girlfriend, the Kree medic Una. On at least one occasion, Mar-Vell was accused of breaching his observation orders and involving himself in the affairs of humanity.
In the film, Law's version of the character is expected to be a mentor to Carol. Starforce is the name of the group comprised of seasoned warriors that help protect the Kree homeworld from threats. An offshoot of the race's military, think of Starforce as the Kree version of SEAL Team Six.
Set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel follows Carol Danvers, now imbued with Kree superpowers, as she fights the shapeshifting Skrulls on Earth, while discovering more about the human past she once left behind. Joining her on the adventure is a young, two-eyed Nick Fury and an MC Hammer-loving Phil Coulson; both Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg are being digitally de-aged for their roles.
Ben Mendelsohn (Skrull leader, Talos), Djimon Hounsou (Korath, a future lieutenant of Josh Brolin's Thanos), Lee Pace (Ronan the Accuser, later defeated by the Guardians of the Galaxy), and Annette Bening (a currently unnamed yet top-ranking Kree citizen) also star in the movie.
With Anna Boden directing with longtime collaborator Ryan Fleck, it is the first Marvel movie to be helmed by a female filmmaker. In addition, Pinar Toprak will be the first woman to score a Marvel film.
Captain Marvel opens in theaters March 8.