In light of the casting news of Jude Law as Mar-Vell, we decided to give you an extra treat before the long weekend sets in! When it was revealed that Ben Mendelsohn was in talks to join the cast of 2019’s Captain Marvel as the film’s villain, we went to work on finding out exactly what role he was up for. All around the internet, people have been projecting and predicting but we think we have the answer.
When we reached out to our source, we were given the names of some VERY interesting characters appearing in the film, one of whom we believe is a perfect fit for Mendelsohn. Before we lay the names out there, we do want to point out that our source also told us that at this point very little is set in stone for this film, but did say that Mendelsohn had agreed to the role. We don’t want to go into details, but we’ll just say that for a movie that’s just a few months away from filming, there are still a lot of moving parts. That having been said here is the name we were given:
The name our source gave us absolutely makes the most sense (in fact, our friends at the MCU Exchange seem to have called it!). The jealous rival of Kree hero Mar-Vell, Colonel Yon-Rogg first appeared in Marvel SuperHeroes #12 where it was revealed that he had been charged by the Supreme Intelligence, along with Mar-Vell, with observing and reporting on Earth to determine if the evolving species had become a threat to the Kree Empire. Yon-Rogg used his authority to sabotage Mar-Vell in hopes of stealing the heart of Una, a Kree medic assigned to the mission and the love of Mar-Vell. Mar-Vell escapes Yon-Rogg’s treachery and goes undercover on Earth, adopting the persona of Walter Lawson, a dead scientist who was working on a base that contained Kree Sentry #459 which had been defeated by the Fantastic Four.
Yon-Rogg’s repeated attempts to destroy Mar-Vell ultimately lead him to attempt to kill Carol Danvers, the head of security at the base where Mar-Vell worked as Lawson. It was during this attempt that Danvers underwent the accident that caused her to gain the powers she possessed as Captain Marvel. Thanks to our friends at MCU Exchange, we know that at least the original script for the film (a film which has undergone several rewrites) contained a version of Danvers’ origin story that was much like the story above.
While we know the film will feature the Skrulls and that the plot will center around the Kree-Skrull War, we are beginning to believe that it might be Yon-Rogg who is the film’s main antagonist. With Mar-Vell expected to be in the mix, it’s not out of the question that the classic comic arc is adapted, giving us a historical perspective of the Kree observing the Earth and that Yon-Rogg and Mar-Vell are given the task. The concept art above clearly seems to show Carol attacking a Kree officer, so we are thinking that the long-standing Kree-Skrull War might serve as a backdrop for a more personal story.
Could Mendelsohn possibly fill the role of a jealous, vindictive and power hungry military officer? It seems like something he’s done before, but it’s eluding us… We love the idea of Mendelsohn in the role, a role which could be more than a one-time thing. Yon-Rogg had a long-standing feud with both Mar-Vell and Danvers, so we might see him again, especially since the next 10 years of MCU films are set to have a heavy cosmic flavor.
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