It's been more than a year since Brie Larson was announced as the title hero of Captain Marvel, and until yesterday it was starting to feel like we'd never get any details about the film itself, even as the release date is fast approaching. Now the internet is full of new Captain Marvel information, and today we got even more of it, including a peek inside the mind of her Kree mentor.
As the new film — which is set in the mid-'90s and will set the stage for the introduction of the title character into Avengers 4 — opens, Carol Danvers is living not on Earth, but in space. Her Kree DNA and the superpowers that come with it are already present, and she's part of the Starforce, an elite military presence that also includes Korath (Djimon Hounsou, returning from Guardians of the Galaxy) and the sniper Minn-Erva (Humans' Gemma Chan). The group is led by Jude Law, and while his character's name is not being revealed by Marvel Studios at the moment, Law did offer some insight about the warrior he's playing to Entertainment Weekly.
“He is driven by a belief in the divine leadership of the Kree people,” Law said. “So he’s almost a devout warrior — unquestioning, conservative, but inspirational.”
We've already glimpsed aspects of Kree culture in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, most notably the splinter cell of it led by Ronan in Guardians of the Galaxy. In this film, Ronan and his acolyte Korath are still part of mainstream Kree society, and we'll get a much better look at that alien civilization and how it functions through Carol's eyes. According to Law, his character sees her as a kind of special project, an extraordinary individual he must guide as she learns both her role in the Starforce and how to use her powers.
“These extraordinary powers she has, he sees them as something of a blessing and something that she has to learn how to control,” he said. “That’s a motif throughout the piece, the element of learning to control one’s emotions and to use your powers wisely.”
Larson echoed the importance of the relationship, and noted that not everyone in the Starforce is sure why the two of them are so close.
“There’s a lot and back and forth that comes with the two of them, which kind of creates a little bit of tension with the rest of Starforce,” Larson adds. “Like, ‘Why do they have a special relationship, and why isn’t it me?’”
Of course, how that relationship and the tension it produces play out remains to be seen, though we do know that Korath eventually splinters off from the Kree to devote himself to Ronan's cause. We'll find out more, and hopefully learn at least a little about where the Kree fit in the present-day MCU, when Captain Marvel hits theaters March 8, 2019.