Ben Mendelsohn, one of the best new character actors we have, will hop aboard the MCU train via Captain Marvel.
According to the report at Variety, Mendelsohn’s role isn’t exactly clear, though we do know he will play the central villain opposite Brie Larson’s title character. This will be a reunion between the actor and directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, who directed Ben Mendelsohn and Ryan Reynolds in the criminally underrated Mississippi Grind a few years back.
Captain Marvel is said to be set in the 90s, before the Avengers assembled in the MCU. Sam Jackson is also back in the fold as Nick Fury.
Ben Mendelssohn is becoming the villain du jour these days. After a stellar turn in Rogue One, he is also playing the Sheriff of Nottingham in the most unnecessary Robin Hood: Origins and the baddie in Steven SPielberg’s adaptation of Ready Player One. He also appears in Netflix’s Bloodline and the micro-indie flick, Una, opposite Rooney Mara. No matter what your anticipation is for those movies, the mere presence of Mendelsohn should elevate things.
Captain Marvel is still quite a ways down the road, with a March 8, 2019 release date. Stay tuned for more updates.