By featuring Kree villain Ronan the Accuser, Captain Marvel is in a perfect position to retroactively set up the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Set in 1995, Captain Marvel is essentially a prequel to the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. It tells a previously-untold story of the young Nick Fury and Phil Coulson, is expected to reveal just how Fury got the idea for the Avengers Initiative, and even features the Tesseract. But there are also strong links to the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, with Captain Marvel including Lee Pace's Ronan the Accuser and presumably explaining just why he went rogue.
According to Djimon Hounsou - who is reprising the role of Korath the Pursuer, a secondary villain from Guardians of the Galaxy - Captain Marvel isn't just set-up. "This is a completely separate story," he insisted during the set visits. And yet, the fact remains that Marvel's shared universe model means that the stories will inevitably be connected in some manner. The only question is how.
So far, attention has been understandably focused on two characters: Brie Larson's Captain Marvel and Jude Law's Starforce Commander. By now it's looking pretty certain that Law is playing the villain character Yon-Rogg - tie-in merchandise like Hasbro's Marvel Legends action figures have confirmed as much. And yet, by refusing to confirm anything officially, Marvel keeps the focus on Law, which means nobody is really discussing what Ronan's role could be - and how Captain Marvel could set him up for his position as main villain in Guardians of the Galaxy.
- This Page: Kree Values vs. Captain Marvel's Values
- Page 2: Captain Marvel Can Explain Why Ronan Went Rogue
The Kree Value Purity And Honesty
To understand Ronan the Accuser, you first have to understand the Kree race that he's part of. In one trailer Captain Marvel describes the Kree as "noble warrior heroes," and she's probably reflecting just how the Kree perceive themselves. But it's important to remember that every villain believes they're the hero of their own story. In reality, there's growing evidence that the Kree are really a race of fascists. The recent Captain Marvel trailer featured a voice-over from Jude Law's character in which he declared, "We are Kree! Strong! United..." It's clearly part of a motivational speech, presumably one he's delivering to his Starforce unit, and its themes are notably fascist. Fascism proper is usually a racial philosophy that stresses the superiority of one race over others, and attempts to unite its people under a dictatorial leadership. That's most definitely implied by Law's speech, with his focus on the strength and unity of the Kree race; the leader in question is most likely the Supreme Intelligence.
Like many fascist societies, the Kree appear to largely define themselves by conflict. They're known to have been engaged in at least two galactic-wide wars, against both the Skrulls and the Xandarians, and these have lasted for centuries - possibly even millennia. The Kree seem to burn with a particular hatred of the Skrulls; according to Jude Law, the shapeshifting aliens represent everything the Kree are opposed to. "The Skrulls to the Krees really represent despicable maneuvering and manipulation," he explained. "The Skrulls have this way of simulating other people and turning into other things, so it's this idea of subterfuge where you're not who you really are, whereas the Kree have a kind of purity and honesty to them as I see it." In the comics, millennia of war against a shapeshifting race had created a sense of cultural paranoia among the Kree; their culture had come to hate anything false, and Kree society became fundamentally opposed to ideas of deception. Given everything we know, it seems reasonable to assume the same is true in the MCU as well.
Captain Marvel Undermines Kree Beliefs
This makes Captain Marvel's entire backstory a challenge to the Kree race's sense of self-identity. It's already been confirmed that the film begins with Captain Marvel serving as a member of the Kree elite unit called Starforce; she appears to be an amnesiac who believes herself to be a Kree named "Vers" (a name taken from a fragment of her "Carol Danvers" dog tags). The truth seems to only be known by senior figures in the Kree leadership. There's one scene in the trailers where Annette Bening explains Captain Marvel's origin - and the very fact she needs to do so strongly suggests the truth had previously been concealed. Notice that the conversation was happening in private, and that the room they're in is a design lifted straight from the comics. In the comics, it's the chamber that houses the Supreme Intelligence itself. The clear implication is that only the highest echelons of Kree government even know that Vers isn't a Kree.
So far, the focus has been on how the shocking revelation of her past will affect Carol Danvers. But what impact would this revelation have upon the Kree race? Remember, this is an autocracy - almost a theocracy - centered upon the Supreme Intelligence's rule. Now the Supreme Intelligence, or its leaders, have been found to be guilty of a massive deception. Worse still, one of the Kree's elite Starforce unit - a military unit who are probably quite celebrated - wasn't actually a Kree at all. If this becomes public knowledge, it will send shockwaves through Kree society.
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019