Ben Mendelsohn in Talks to Play Villain in ‘Captain Marvel’

Premiere of the new Netflix original series 'Bloodline' at the SVA Theatre - Red Carpet Arrivals Featuring: Ben Mendelsohn Where: New York City, New York, United States When: 03 Mar 2015 Credit: Ivan Nikolov/

A serial villain may be heading to the MCU. According to Variety, “Captain Marvel” directors Anna Boden (“It’s Kind of a Funny Story”) and Ryan Fleck (“Sugar”) are in early negotiations with Ben Mendelsohn (“Mississippi Grind”) to portray the film’s villain, likely the leader of the Skrulls.

“Captain Marvel” will be based on a new screenplay from Geneva Robertson-Dworet (“Tomb Raider”) who was brought in to rewrite previous drafts from Meg LeFauve (“Inside Out”) and Nicole Perlman (“Guardians of the Galaxy”). Boden and Fleck had Mendelsohn in mind when constructing the film’s plot, and the actor was immediately interested when approached for the villain role.

Mendelsohn would potentially be starring alongside Brie Larson (“Room”), who will play Captain Marvel. The superhero is a former Air Force pilot who has a run-in with an alien, causing mutations to her DNA. After the incident, she finds herself with superstrength, the ability to fly and the ability of energy projection. The upcoming “Captain Marvel” film will be the first solo female superhero film from the MCU.

Kevin Fiege, chief of Marvel Studios, previously announced at SDCC the film will take place in the ’90s, with Samuel L. Jackson (“The Hateful Eight”) to appear as a young Nick Fury. Feige will be producing the film.

Mendelsohn has appeared as the villain in several works, including “Rogue One” and the upcoming “Robin Hood: Origins. He also won an Emmy for his role on Netflix’s “Bloodline.” Audiences can catch him next in Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One.”

“Captain Marvel” will premiere March 8, 2019.

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Written by Selina Mixner

Selina is a queer, half-Filipina fangirl who loves TV, film and corgis a little too much. She graduated with a Bachelor's in Literature and Psychology from UC Santa Cruz. Her rules for writing are simple: is it tattoo-worthy? If not, try again.

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