Captain Marvel will introduce a new, powerful team into the Marvel Cinematic Universe: the elite Kree military unit known as Starforce. This is a remarkably deep cut for the MCU, given that Starforce originated in 1992 and have only made a handful of appearances since.
In the comics, Starforce is a group created to serve the Supreme Intelligence, the absolute ruler of the Kree. Although they didn't know it, Starforce were pawns in a desperate game by the Supreme Intelligence. This monstrous being believed that the Kree had stopped evolving, and were doomed as a race. In order to kick-start evolution, it triggered a galactic war between the Kree and the rival Shi'ar Empire. The Shi'ar ultimately dropped a genetic bomb on the Kree homeworld of Hala, killing millions but forcing the survivors to evolve or die. As for the Starforce unit, they were subsumed into the Shi'ar military.
Captan Marvel is bringing the Starforce to the MCU. According to Jude Law, the 6 member team has been together for 15 years, and thanks to official marketing and interviews from Screen Rant's Captain Marvel set-visit, we know a little bit about the role of each character and what purpose they serve on Starforce.
Last Updated: January 12, 2019
- This Page: Mar-Vell (or Yon-Rogg), Ronan, and Korath
- Page 2: The Remaining Four Starforce Recruits
Mar-Vell or Yon-Rogg (Jude Law)
First up is the Starforce unit's enigmatic leader, played by Jude Law. Law has been especially mysterious about the identity of his character, but the biggest tease we've gotten is from the set visit when he compared his character to a "religious fanatic" with a "particular relationship with the Supreme Intelligence." Interestingly, the two characters he's been linked to in the past, Mar-Vell and Yon-Rogg, have both historically had an affinity for questioning the Kree Supreme Intelligence and turning against their people.
The Kree hero Mar-Vell was created by Stan Lee and Gene Colan in 1967, largely in order to secure the trademark to the name "Captain Marvel." Mar-Vell was one of the Kree's greatest warriors, and was sent to Earth to spy on our world after the emergence of super-powered humans. Mar-Vell became increasingly sympathetic to humanity, and ultimately fought against his own race in Earth's defense. His heroism served as an inspiration to countless others, including Carol Danvers, but Mar-Vell's story came to a tragic end in Jim Starlin's 1982 graphic novel, The Death of Captain Marvel. One of the most powerful Marvel comics of all time, this saw Mar-Vell die of cancer, having been irradiated over the course of his superhero career.
Jude Law has long been rumored to be playing Mar-Vell in the MCU, but it's also possible that he's playing Yon-Rogg, a Kree military commander who ultimately becomes one of Carol Danvers' foes. Rather than a lone operative, Captain Marvel envisions Law's character as leader of the Starforce, and he's expected to act as Carol Danvers' mentor. The notion that Law is playing Yon-Rogg is supported by a recently leaked Funko Pop! that displayed his name as such, but that toy figure was quickly changed before its official release. So, it's still unclear who Law is playing in Captain Marvel, but whoever he is, he's bound to be a major character in Carol's life.
Captain Marvel producers confirmed Yon-Rogg is in the movie, so Law's role very well may draw some from both of these characters, but expect some rewriting as well, as his description of his character's devotion to the Supreme Intelligence goes against both Mar-Vell and Yon-Rogg's penchant for going against the Kree.
Korath the Pursuer (Djimon Hounsou)
At the time of Captain Marvel, Korath is second in command of Starforce. In the comics, Korath was a Kree cyber-geneticist who experimented upon himself in order to play a part in the Kree-Skrull War. This villain possesses basic superhuman strength, stamina, and durability, but his greatest skill is a low-level telepathic power that allows him to track his prey. Just as with Ronan, we know what the future has in store for Korath; Djimon Hounsou played the character in Guardians of the Galaxy, proving that this particular Starforce member will ultimately remain loyal to Ronan above the Kree Empire.
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- 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 05, 2019