Sure, we’ve known about Captain Marvel’s imminent arrival in the MCU–the movie has a release date of March 8, 2019–for a while now. But if you’re anything like us, the whole thing didn’t start feeling real until very recently. With our first official look at Carol and her crew of cohorts, both alien and human alike, we’ve finally been able to nail down and definitely confirm a number of rumored roles and character appearances that have been swirling around the internet for what feels like forever.
We’ve also got more info on the plot than ever before. In case you need a refresher, it goes like this. Carol Danvers is a human who, in the comics (and we can assume in the movie as well) had her genes spliced with the genes of the superpowered alien race, the Kree, which in turn gave her an incredible array of superpowers. Now, according to Entertainment Weekly’s cover story, Captain Marvel will be picking up with this process (or whatever the live-action adaptation of it winds up being) already over and done with. Carol’s already left Earth, embraced her newfound Kree heritage, and has been training with the Kree military outfit known as the Starforce under an “enigmatic commander” played by Jude Law. In all likelihood, Law will be playing the Kree hero, Captain Mar-Vell, but we’ll get to that in a second.
EW reported that the movie will pick up with Carol returning to Earth only to find herself beset upon by another alien society, this time in the form of the Skrulls, a race of powerful shapeshifters known to infiltrate and destabilize planets by impersonating their inhabitants.
Oh, right, and all of this is set in the 1990s, an almost entirely unexplored era of the MCU, home to only a small handful of flashbacks and oblique on-screen references which leaves plenty of room for Carol to work. We also know that we’re going to be seeing the 1990s version of SHIELD (complete with a digitally de-aged, two-eyed Samuel L. Jackson), meaning there’s a pretty strong chance for whatever happens in Captain Marvel to dramatically and forever alter the way we see the MCU in the modern day. Expect a lot of dot-connecting and circling back to all those little moments in the last ten years worth of movies that are about to be put in an entirely new light.
Now that we’ve got some more information (and some official confirmation), here is the list of exactly who is playing who in Captain Marvel. You can check out the first Captain Marvel trailer and our breakdown for more.
Brie Larson — Carol “Captain Marvel” Danvers
An airforce pilot turned superhero, Carol has spent some time away from Earth as a member of the Kree military unit the Starforce. As the most powerful superhero in the Marvel Universe, Carol represents the ultimate bridge between cosmic and terrestrial–and she’s returning to earth to prove it as she faces off against a secret Skrull invasion in the 1990s. You might recognize Larson from Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Room.
Jude Law — “Enigmatic Kree Commander” (Mar-Vell? Yon-Rogg?)
We have yet to officially confirm just who Law’s character actually is, but it’s long been assumed he would be playing Mar-Vell, a Kree soldier who wound up with a soft spot for Earth after he was eventually exiled from his homeworld. Alternatively, Law could be playing Yon-Rogg, a Kree zealot and commander in the military. Law has previously appeared in big budget franchises like Sherlock Holmes and The Young Pope.
Ben Mendelsohn — Talos
Previously, it had been assumed Mendelsohn joined the cast as Yon-Rogg, but EW’s first look has confirmed his role as Talos, a powerful Skrull commander and leader of the invasion on Earth. Mendelsohn recently appeared in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Ready Player One.
Lee Pace — Ronan the Accuser
We’ve actually met Pace’s Ronan before, back in Guardians of the Galaxy where he was working with Thanos to hunt down the Infinity Stones. Now we’re going to see him in a brand new light, hopefully stripped of his genocidal urges, working as a Kree judge. Pace is reprising the role, but you’ll also recognize him from the TV show Halt and Catch Fire.
Gemma Chan — Minn-Erva
A Kree geneticist and member of the Starforce who became obsessed with modifying and purifying the Kree genetic code, Minn-Erva wanted desperately to advance her race by any means necessary, even if it meant crossing some serious ethical lines. Chan recently appeared in Crazy Rich Asians.
Samuel L. Jackson — Nick Fury
You don’t have to be an MCU fan to know exactly who Nick Fury is anymore–he’s been a part of this whole thing from the very start. Finally making a major return after his post-credits-only appearance in Avengers: Infinity War, Jackson will be digitally de-aged to look like his 1990s self for this movie.
Clark Gregg — Phil Coulson
One of the breakaway fan favorites of the MCU, Coulson hasn’t actually been in the big screen universe for a while now, having made the transition to the small screen Agents of SHIELD TV show. That’s about to change, however, with Coulson set to pop in, digitally de-aged like Jackson, to work in 1990s SHIELD.
Lashana Lynch — Maria Rambeau
Rumors of Lynch’s role have been swirling since her casting announcement with most fans assuming she would be playing Monica Rambeau, another woman to hold the superhero codename Captain Marvel for a time. It turns out this was partially correct–Lynch will actually be playing Maria, Monica’s mother, who uses the air force call sign “Photon,” another one of Monica’s heroic code names. Lynch can be found in the TV shows Still Star-Crossed and Bulletproof.