Not even the new line of Captain Marvel Funko Pop! figurines will officially confirm Jude Law's role. Marvel Studios has made a habit of casting some of the biggest names in Hollywood in their films, and that is no exception for Brie Larson's solo movie. However, it's not unusual for their true roles to be kept under wraps up until release.
This has been the case for Law's character from very early on in Captain Marvel. The initial reports of his casting pegged him in the role of Walter Lawson (aka Mar-Vell), the original Captain Marvel who plays a major role in Carol Danvers' origin story. Although this was expected to be the case, Law has been strangely secretive about the matter, and Marvel followed suit throughout the earliest stages of marketing. They refused to officially name his character, leading to speculation that he isn't Mar-Vell as previously thought. For anyone hoping his identity would be confirmed soon, that doesn't appear to be the case.
Funko released their entire collection of Captain Marvel products today. The toys feature many of the characters that fans would expect. There's individual figures for three Captain Marvel looks, the red and blue Captain Marvel, military Carol Danvers, and the Starforce version of her - apparently named Vers. There's also figures for Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch), and Skrull super villain Talos (Ben Mendelsohn). However, it's the inclusion of the mysterious "Star Commander" toy that continues to keep Jude Law's character name a secret.
This toy is just the latest example of Marvel's unwillingness to reveal Law's character name. Law was previously allowed to describe his character as a "devout leader" who is "driven by a belief in the divine leadership of the Kree people." This description and Marvel's increased secrecy helped ignite theories over Law's true character. But, the secrecy has signaled to many that Law's identity could be part of a major twist for Captain Marvel. This could be a situation similar to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, where the twist of the movie revolves around someone close to the hero turning out to be an antagonist.
The theory goes that Law is actually playing famed Captain Marvel foe Yon-Rogg. If this is indeed Law's true role, then it will be interesting to see if Marvel confirms it at any point in the marketing, which could be unlikely given how they've operated so far. Captain Marvel's marketing could set up the Skrulls as the sole bad guys, only for the film to ultimately reveal that the side Carol is fighting on isn't completely in the right either.
- 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