While it would seem the world of superheroes on film and television was already setting down to Thanksgiving dinner, the record-breaking heat in Los Angeles yielded one last pre-holiday surprise.
Variety reports that actor Jude Law is in talks to join Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel as Mar-vell himself. If the talks are successful, he will join Brie Larson, who plays the title role, Samuel L. Jackson, reprising his Nick Fury character, and Ben Mendelsohn as the villain. The film, to be directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck is expected to begin production early next year.
The character, created by Stan Lee and Gene Colan — though he always took some issue with that credit — was Marvel’s original Captain Marvel. A member of the Kree race, he came to Earth to to spy on its inhabitants before becoming a member of the Defenders and the Avengers. He famously died in Marvel’s first original graphic novel, The Death of Captain Marvel. His title would pass to a number of characters before Carol Danvers finally adopted it earlier this century.
But Mar-vell should not to be confused with the Golden Age Captain Marvel, a character currently owned by Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment. Currently known as a Shazam, the original Captain Marvel lost his name when Marvel filled for the “Captain Marvel” trademark. DC would continue to use the character’s original name in the pages of its comics while identifying him as Shazam on the covers. DC finally changed him into Shazam for the New 52 reboot and, presumably, the forthcoming Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Back in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Law’s Mar-Vell will become “a mentor” to Carol Danvers (Brie) as she learns how to use her new powers. It is unclear if he will also be the cause of her abilities, as described in Carol’s comic book origins.
Captain Marvel is set for release on March 8th, 2019.