Captain Marvel, which is set to be the first female-led film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has found its male lead. Jude Law is in negotiations to star opposite Oscar winner Brie Larson, who is playing Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel.
While Law’s character was initially only been described as a ‘mentor’ to Danvers, it has since emerged in the trade publication Variety that he is set to play Dr. Walter Lawson. Lawson is a co-worker of Danver’s and is the alter-ego of the Kree hero Mar-Vell – the original Captain Marvel in the Marvel Comics canon.
Mar-Vell and Carol Danvers | Art by Terry Dodson
This fits the description of the character as someone who will train Danvers after she gains superpowers. Danvers gained superpowers after an accident involving exploding Kree technology infused her DNA with that of Mar-Vell’s. Danvers initially took on the identity of ‘Ms. Marvel’, later inheriting the mantle of ‘Captain Marvel’ from Mar-Vell.
Law was recently announced as playing Young Albus Dumbledore in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts sequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald. Law’s casting will mean that the MCU will be home to two Sherlock Holmes and Watson pairs – completing the set which already comprises Robert Downey Jr., Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. It is rumoured that Keanu Reeves was offered the role and passed on it.
Top: Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes, Jude Law as John Watson Bottom: Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes, Martin Freeman as John Watson
Ben Mendelsohn is also circling the film, and will play the main villain if he is cast. Samuel L. Jackson is set to reprise his role as Nick Fury, making Captain Marvel the first film since 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron in which the character officially appears – barring a surprise cameo in the Infinity War movie.
The film is being directed by the team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, working from a screenplay by Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb Raider ). Robertson-Dworet rewrote an earlier draft by Meg LaFauve (Inside Out) and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy). The film will be released in March 2019.