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.
EW's first look at Captain Marvel includes a single image of the assembled Starforce team, almost all wearing the customary Kree uniforms.
Moving from left to right, let's take a look at the members of the Kree's elite Starforce unit.
- This Page: Mar-Vell, Ronan, and Korath
- Page 2: The Remaining Four Starforce Recruits
Mar-Vell (Jude Law)
First up is the Starforce unit's enigmatic leader, believed to be the Kree hero Mar-Vell. The character 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 is apparently playing Mar-Vell in the MCU, but we don't know much about this portrayal. Rather than a lone operative, Captain Marvel envisions the Kree warrior as leader of the Starforce, and he's expected to act as Carol Danvers' mentor. Although the character is ill-fated in the comics, it's possible he'll survive Captain Marvel. If he does, Mar-Vell could potentially return as an ally of the Avengers in Avengers 4; in the comics, he became one of Thanos's greatest enemies.
Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace)
Now this is a familiar face. Donning traditional Kree armor, Ronan the Accuser is a would-be warlord who truly believes in his race's militaristic history. Given his position in the EW photo, it seems Ronan is already an officer in the Kree military, and serves alongside Mar-Vell. Lee Pace is reprising the role after first playing Ronan in 2014's Guardian of the Galaxy, which revealed that the Kree warrior is destined to abandon his people and become a dangerous, bloodthirsty renegade.
Curiously, Ben Mendelsohn has now been confirmed to play Captain Marvel's major villain, a Skrull military leader called Talos. In the comics, Ronan and Talos have actually worked together on occasion. It's possible the two are conspiring to reignite the war between their two races, and that Ronan's treason will be exposed. That would explain why he leaves Starforce.
Korath the Pursuer (Djimon Hounsou)
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 / Untitled Avengers Movie (2019) release date: May 03, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019