Captain Marvel is taking us back into space in 2019 – and as it’s set in the ’90s, we’ll be meeting younger versions of characters we’ve seen before.
One of those was previously announced to be Djimon Hounsou, who will reprise his role as Guardians of the Galaxy villain Korath the Pursuer – but new images reveal that he will also be on a team with Brie Larson’s hero, Carol Danvers.
He’s a member of the Starforce team with some other shady Kree aliens, but what does that mean? And why would Captain Marvel be working with the villain?
Who is Korath?
We’ll forgive you if you don’t immediately remember Korath. He was the Kree lieutenant of Guardians‘ main villain, Lee Pace’s Ronan the Accuser.
He’s the guy who confronts Star-Lord early on in the film and says “Who?” when Chris Pratt’s character introduces himself.
Korath was killed in a fight with Drax, but the ’90s setting of Captain Marvel means that Hounsou was able to return (alongside Pace, too).
The Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude comic also showed him training with the young Gamora and Nebula, implying that he was another disciple of Thanos. However, we recently learned that Korath (and Ronan) has not splintered from the Kree at the time of Captain Marvel, so perhaps he hasn’t encountered Thanos at this point in the timeline.
To be honest, we imagine the Korath-Thanos relationship as implied in the prelude comic will be ignored if it contradicts the story Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are telling in Captain Marvel.
What is Starforce?
In the comics, Starforce was formed by the Kree’s ruler – a giant, be-tentacled head called the Supreme Intelligence – during their war with another race, the Shi’ar. The team members were some of the most powerful beings in Kree Empire.
The image reveals that the version in Captain Marvel features Carol, Korath, Minn-Erva (Gemma Chan) and Jude Law’s mysterious character (rumoured to be the original Captain Marvel, uh, Mar-Vell). The remaining two characters have been identified as Bron-Char (Rune Temte) and Att-Lass (Algenis Perez Soto).
Korath, Att-Lass and Minn-Erva – along with Ronan – were also members of the original version of Starforce.
What does it mean that Captain Marvel is working with Korath?
The real question here is: does Captain Marvel’s membership of Starforce make her a villain at the beginning of the film? Or is Korath more heroic than his later, space-terrorist role would suggest?
In the comics, Carol has a complicated relationship with the Kree. The accident that gives her her powers technically transforms her into a human-Kree hybrid, and she was a close associate of Mar-Vell for a long time. However, the shady actions of the Supreme Intelligence tend to cast the aliens as villains nine times out of ten.
We’re guessing that Carol will start out thinking that Starforce is a good thing, before learning that things are more complicated/evil than she realised. Whether Korath will be portrayed as equally ambiguous remains to be seen. Maybe his association with Thanos will be revealed to his allies later in the movie.
With the film featuring the equally ruthless Kree and Skrull aliens, we’re expecting a lot of shades of grey in Captain Marvel, and Carol is going to have her work cut out for her deciding the right course of action.
Captain Marvel will arrive in cinemas on March 8, 2019 in the UK and the US.
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