While the character Jude Law is playing in Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel is yet to be confirmed, the actor is explaining what type of character he is.
"He is driven by a belief in the divine leadership of the Kree people," Law tells Entertainment Weekly. "So he’s almost a devout warrior - unquestioning, conservative, but inspirational."
Law's as-yet-unnamed character is confirmed to be leader of Starforce, a specialized military team based on the Kree homeworld of Hala that also includes Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), Korath (Djimon Hounsou), and Minn-Erva (Gemma Chan).
When Jude Law was first reported to be in talks for a Captain Marvel role, Variety said that he would 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." Law's casting was eventually confirmed, but Variety's second bit about him being Mar-Vell has not.
in comic books, Mar-Vell is the first Captain Marvel and went on to have a close relationship with Carol Danvers. While that role has not been confirmed, Law said that his character and Larson's are also particularly close - like a mentor and mentee.
"These extraordinary powers she has, he sees them as something of a blessing and something that she has to learn how to control," said Law. "That’s a motif throughout the piece, the element of learning to control one’s emotions and to use your powers wisely.
"There’s a lot and back and forth that comes with the two of them, which kind of creates a little bit of tension with the rest of Starforce," the actor continues. "Like, ‘Why do they have a special relationship, and why isn’t it me?’"
Captain Marvel is due out in theaters March 8, 2019.