Yesterday we finally got our first official look at 2019’s Captain Marvel, and today more information is coming out, this time relating to the movie’s co-star Jude Law. The well-known actor is revealing more about his role in the film, as well as his experience so far in joining the MCU.
Entertainment Weekly describes Law’s Captain Marvel character as a “key piece” of the film, but Marvel is refusing to reveal exactly who he is playing. Many speculated he would be playing Mar-Vell, but it seems like that might not be the case after all.
**And Law is a key piece of Captain Marvel. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s superhero epic centers on Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), a human pilot with alien Kree DNA. When the film begins, Carol is living on the Kree planet of Hala, and she’s a part of the specialized military team known as Starforce — essentially the Seal Team Six of space. Its members include Carol, Djimon Hounsou’s Korath (returning from Guardians of the Galaxy), and Gemma Chan’s sniper Minn-Erva. Law’s character is the leader of the group (the filmmakers declined to reveal his name), and he’s Kree to the core.**
Law further describes his character as a “devout” warrior driven by a belief in the leadership of the Kree people who, as we know, are a race at war with the Skrulls. We’ve met the Kree a few times in the MCU so far, most notably in the original Guardians of the Galaxy.
**He is driven by a belief in the divine leadership of the Kree people. So he’s almost a devout warrior — unquestioning, conservative, but inspirational.**
As was noted yesterday, Law’s character sees Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers as a sort of “pet project” who he has a very close relationship with. Law explains:
**These extraordinary powers she has, he sees them as something of a blessing and something that she has to learn how to control. That’s a motif throughout the piece, the element of learning to control one’s emotions and to use your powers wisely.**
We’ll certainly be interested to learn more about Jude Law’s mysterious character as Captain Marvel’s release date approaches, but today’s piece also revealed a bit more about the actor’s experience in the MCU so far. Kevin Feige said that Law is “somebody we have admired for a long time” and that his part in Captain Marvel is “extraordinary.”
Law also said that when we signed on to join Captain Marvel, he got a little guidance from MCU-veteran Robert Downey Jr – a long time friend from their work together on the Sherlock Holmes films. Apparently, Downey gave a bit of a taste of what to expect from making a Marvel film:
**He had just done the first Iron Man when we first worked together, so I’ve sort of followed his journey and relationship with Marvel throughout, really. I don’t know that he ever gave me any advice, but he obviously had a great time making these. He talked a little bit about how [making a Marvel movie is like] fitting this one piece into a bigger picture that someone else has got their eyes on, and giving yourself over to that. It’s not about trying to understand everything. Just do your piece.
It just seemed like an interesting party to join in with at an interesting time in their ascendancy. That to me is an interesting playground to work in because suddenly you’ve got filmmakers who are looking at humor and script work and character, within an infrastructure that is obviously capable of creating enormous universes and worlds and special effects — while also not bogging down the creativity of the director.**