Ben Mendelsohn has praised Brie Larson as the perfect choice for the character of Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel. Mendelsohn has an unspecified role in the film, but it is widely speculated he will be playing the villain in the film.
Captain Marvel will be the Marvel Cinematic Universe debut of the character. This has been a long awaited inclusion in the MCU, and will be the first Marvel film to feature a solo female lead as well as the first period film. In the comics, Carol Danvers is an officer in the United States Air Force, which appears to be the same origin that the film is going for. She receives her superhuman strength and power of flight, among others, from an explosion that melds her genetic structure with that of Mar-Vell, effectively making her part Kree, an advanced alien race. We will more than likely see this in some form, as the film will tackle her transformation into the character of Captain Marvel. Larson will portray Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel and the as-of-yet untitled Avengers 4.
Ben Mendelsohn, everyone's new favorite Australian actor and go-to villain, has praised the casting of Larson in Captain Marvel in an interview with ET. While he played admirably coy about his role, despite a couple of creative questions from the interviewer, he seemed more than willing to express his excitement for Larson's role, saying, “Brie is absolutely perfect for that role. Why? Because she’s a strong, yet sensitive, contemporary female. She is a champion, she’s a fantastic actress and she’s a great human. So you can’t ask for better for Captain Marvel.”
While we still know nothing about Ben Mendelsohn's character, that is a fairly reassuring (if there are any doubters out there) vote of confidence from someone else in the film. What we do know is that Mendelsohn is in fact in Captain Marvel, as well as Jude Law. Law will be playing Mar-Vell, the original Captain Marvel, as a kind of mentor role to Carol Danvers. Also, the full cast lineup was announced recently, with some surprising, yet very exciting, supporting roles from Lee Pace and Djimon Hounsou. Pace and Hounsou were both in 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy, wherein they played villains Ronan the Accuser and Korath the Pursuer, respectively. Because Captain Marvel is set in the 1990s, before the events of Guardians of the Galaxy, we will likely see her come across these villains in her dealings with the Kree. Captain Marvel will also the be the first film to feature Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury since Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson from the first Avengers and Agents of SHIELD, which is very exciting.
Mendelsohn has had a very prolific career recently, as noted by the ET interviewer. After appearing as a minor villain in The Dark Knight Rises, he started popping up in villainous roles in a ton of films all of the sudden, like Exodus: Gods and Kings, Mississippi Grind and even dabbled in Star Wars with Rogue One. He also had a recurring role in the compelling, yet underseen, Netflix family-drama Bloodline, where he turned in an incredible performance as the black sheep brother in a wealthy family that no one trusts. He's gained a bit of notoriety as a character actor in the United States, and has been a leading man in Australia for years. Currently, Mendelsohn can be found in Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One, where he also plays a villain.
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018