It’s been reported that four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening will be joining Brie Larson in Captain Marvel.
However, there are conflicting reports about who exactly she will be playing. Justin Kroll of Variety says that Bening will be playing Carol Danvers’ mother, while The Hollywood Reporter‘s Borys Kit says that she will be playing a scientist, which she wasn’t in the comics. But, both could be true if Marie Danvers’ background is changed from the comics. It’s not unusual at this point for Marvel Studios to change things from the original material in order to fit a more modern setting or for story purposes.
It’s likely that this movie will explore Carol Danvers’ childhood and teenage years more than previously thought with Kenneth Mitchell rumored to play her father. Her upbringing does play a key role in her development as a character in the comics, as what causes her to join to Air Force in the first place is her father refusing to help send her to college, sending her brother instead, which causes her to become estranged from her family, including her mother.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter