No, Brie Larson did not lose the title role in Captain Marvel. But her character, Carol Danvers, originally started out as a military pilot who adopted the Captain Marvel moniker when she came in contact with the alien Captain Mar-vell.
The film will be an origins story for the title character, which means they would need someone to fill the role of the alien who gave her her powers. Now there are reports saying Jude Law could be the person to do so. More on the story below.
Variety says details are slim, but confirm that Law is in talks to play the original Captain Mar-vell, the Kree alien soldier who gave Danvers her powers of flight and energy projection, and acted as a mentor to her as she learns how to use her newfound abilities.
While the film is set in the 90s, SDCC concept art has shown Danvers on the Skrull planet and fighting its inhabitants. But let’s not forget that it is concept art and not a confirmed part of the actual plot. That being said, we know that Captain Marvel has been missing for a large part of the MCU, and this film could explain why she has been absent.
Law would not be the first in a long line of A-list actors to join the MCU, and based on Marvel Studios’ casting reputation, he won’t be the last. Academy Award-winning actors have also joined the ranks to play either a hero or villain. So no matter how you look at it, the studio is putting out some quality material that is clearly attracting some big names.
Ben Mendelsohnis also in talks for a role in the film. Rumors say that he is in line to play the lead villain.
While Law is a high-profile actor, this will be second major tentpole film he will be appearing in. The actor is also playing a young Dumbledore in the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, where he will appear alongside Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterson, and Johnny Depp.
In the comics, Captain Mar-Vell’s powers include flight, energy projections, and cosmic awareness. He was sent to Earth as a spy to see if the planet posed a threat to the Kree empire. So he used the disguise of Walter Lawson to hide in plain sight.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, using a draft written by Nicole Perlman (Guardians Of The Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out), with Gotham City Sirens scribe Geneva Robertson-Dworet doing the rewrites, Captain Marvel will open in theaters on March 8, 2019.