Jude Law in Talks to Join Captain Marvel

Jude Law is in negotiations to play the male lead opposite Brie Larson in Marvel’s Captain Marvel.

Variety is reporting that Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes, Spy) is in talks to play the male lead in Marvel’s Captain Marvel film, which stars Academy Award winner Brie Larson in the lead.  Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson) are directing from a script by Geneva Robertson-Dworet (with Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman writing earlier drafts).  The film will also star Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One) as the villain and Samuel L. Jackson returning as Nick Fury before he lost his eye.  Here’s the official report from Variety:

“Jude Law is in negotiations to play the male lead opposite Brie Larson in Marvel’s “Captain Marvel,” sources tell Variety.

Law will be playing Doctor Walter Lawson, a.k.a. Mar-Vell, who becomes a mentor of sorts to Danvers as she tries to figure out her new powers.  At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Feige announced that the superhero film will be set in the ’90s, before the Avengers ever thought of assembling, and Samuel L. Jackson is expected to reprise his role as Nick Fury.”

So who is Walter Lawson/Mar-Vell, well it’s complicated.  According to Wikipedia:

“After the Kree’s first encounter with humans, Captain Mar-Vell is sent to spy on Earth and decide if it is a threat to the Kree empire.  He adopts the identity of a recently deceased scientist named Walter Lawson, but occasionally dons his Kree military uniform to protect the people he’s observing. The first time he does this, people hear him incorrectly pronounce his name as “Captain Marvel”. His job is made difficult by his jealous commanding officer, Colonel Yon-Rogg, his growing affection for humanity, and his fake identity’s criminal past.”

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His powers and abilities have varied over the years from simply being stronger and more durable than a human to superhuman strength, and the abilities to teleport, fly faster than the speed of light, mentally project illusions, and “cosmic awareness”.  Besides being a character that has existed in Marvel comics since the 1960’s and has been a member of the Avengers, the greatest significance of Mar-Vell’s character is that he’s the reason Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson’s character) gains powers.  Danvers attempts to save Doctor Walter Lawson during an explosion of a Kree device and inadvertently obtains all of his powers when her genetic structure melds with his.

For Law this is the second major studio tentpole he’s been announced to be appearing in within the past week.  Law will also play a young Albus Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.  Marvel has made a concerted effort to place A-list stars around their leads in recent movies such as Cate Blanchette in Thor: Ragnarok, Michael Keaton in Spider-Man Homecoming and Michael Douglas in Ant Man.  I’m not sure if Law has the star power of some of the others on that list, but he’s certainly a great talent and would be a fantastic addition to the cast.  I’m a big fan of Jude Law.  Total random point- I enjoy the Myron Bolitor books by Harlan Coben and was pulling for Law to play Win in an adaptation of those books (yes I’m aware he would be too old now, but he was my top choice when I first read them).  Suffice to say, I’m behind this choice.

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What do you think about the possibility of Jude Law playing Doctor Walter Lawson/Mar-Vell in a Captain Marvel movie?  Share your thoughts in the discussion board below.  Captain Marvel is set to arrive in theaters March 8, 2019.

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