Nick Fury: Desk Jockey
Long before he was putting together an Avengers Initiative and shepherding Tony Stark into the world of superheroes, Nick Fury was a simple desk jokey for S.H.I.E.L.D. who was largely unfamiliar with the concept of costumed warriors himself. In Captain Marvel, audiences will get to see Fury as a younger man (with both eyes, no less). It should be fun to watch Samuel L. Jackson play this version of the character as he morphs into the fearless leader he's destined to become.
Marvel went the extra mile with Fury's portrayal, digitally de-aging the 69-year old Jackson so he resembles his 1990s-era self. The studio has had tremendous success with this technique over the years, most notably in the flashback sequences of the Ant-Man films. It can be a risk to lean so heavily on CGI for a human character, especially when it's for more than one scene. It's unknown how much screen time Fury has, but hopefully Marvel's intrepid visual effects artists are up for the challenge. If the first image of Fury in Captain Marvel is anything to go by, the team has outdone themselves.
Jude Law's Mysterious Leader
Carol Danvers may be a member of Starforce, but she is not the group's leader. That distinction goes to Jude Law's character, who curiously goes unnamed in EW's coverage. The popular belief is Law's playing Mar-Vell, but that's something the actor can't confirm himself. Apparently, Marvel is going to keep viewers guessing for the meantime and will unveil this information when the time is ready. However, some details about Law's character were revealed.
From the sound of things, Law will have a mentor/mentee relationship with Larson's Carol, helping her improve control over her powers. We already know Captain Marvel is the MCU's most powerful hero, so a little training will likely go a long way. As another Marvel hero would say, with great power comes great responsibility.
Korath Returns to the MCU
There will be plenty of familiar faces showing up in Captain Marvel. One such character is Korath, who hasn't been seen since 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy. Played by Djimon Hounsou (who is appearing in several comic book movies these days), most viewers will remember him as the one tracking down Peter Quill in that film's opening; his brief role immortalized by his iconic reading of the line, "Who?" when Peter announces himself as Star-Lord.
What's interesting about Korath in Captain Marvel is that he's aligned with the heroes, serving under Law's character in Starforce. During Guardians of the Galaxy, Korath was an ally of the villainous Ronan (who is also in Captain Marvel). Of course, since Captain Marvel is a period piece, it means things are very different. Ronan is not the radical extremist who fell to the Guardians. Hopefully, Lee Pace is able to explore different layers of the character and present someone a little deeper than the generic villain he played in Guardians.
Lashana Lynch's Captain Marvel Character
Before becoming a powerful superhero, Carol protected people by flying in the U.S. Air Force. In the military, she served alongside her friend Maria Rambeau, played by Lynch in the film. In the comics, Maria is the mother of Monica Rambeau. Maria's call sign, "Photon," is a direct reference to one of Monica's superhero identities in the source material.
Marvel Studios is known for playing the long game when planning their cinematic universe, so it'll be interesting to see if this ends up becoming more than just a fun nod to comic readers. Phase 4 seems like it's going to be set with the next wave of heroes that have been introduced over the past few years, but there's always room for more. Marvel rarely does things by accident, so they might have something in mind.
Page 3: Avengers 4 and Marvel's Future
- 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