Captain Marvel Concept Art Reveals How Starforce Would’ve Looked Different

New concept art from Captain Marvel reveals an alternate look for Starforce, the Kree special ops team. For Marvel Studios’ first female led movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they put Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) back in the 1990s. This decision not only largely freed up the movie from most MCU canon, but it also allowed for Captain Marvel to be one of the earliest known heroes.

While Carol eventually learned of her life on Earth and protected her real home planet against a Kree invasion led by Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), that is not how her story begins in Captain Marvel. The movie starts with Carol living out her life on the Kree home world of Hala, where she is a very powerful warrior/soldier known only as Vers. She’s trained by Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) to harness her abilities and help her become one of the core members of a special arm of the Kree military. The Starforce are led by Yon-Rogg, with Vers joining a roster that includes Korath (Djimon Hounsou), Minn-Erva (Gemma Chan), Bron-Char (Rune Temte), and Att-Lass (Algenis Perez Soto).

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Even though the team appeared to have some scenes cut from the film, it turns out they almost had a completely different look. Concept artist Jackson Sze recently shared an alternate design for the team on social media that reveals several differences from the Starforce’s final appearance. Most notably, the once considered design gives their suits a mostly black color scheme with only sections of the green from the chest on up.

One major difference in terms of the individual character designs that is immediately noticeable is Bron-Char’s size. As the brute of the group, this stature may have better suited the character in Captain Marvel and helped make his presence more noticeable. Temte is 6’3″ but this version of Bron-Char towers over the other Starforce. The decision not to go down this route with the character may have been due to the limiting options of finding an actor who would be easily over 7 feet tall and to avoid having to use CGI to create the character or special camera tricks to make him appear this large.

There’s some other smaller changes to these designs that fans of Marvel comics may appreciate too that ultimately weren’t used. This design incorporates Korath’s headdress from the comics for his helmet, while the tubes around Bron-Char’s neck are also lifted from the source material. Minn-Erva also has her traditional red scarf instead of the black one she wears in the film. We’ll never know why exactly Marvel opted to not use these designs, but maybe those characters who survived Captain Marvel can see their looks evolve closer to this if Captain Marvel 2 also takes place in the past.

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2019-03-22 07:03:37

Cooper Hood

Captain Marvel Cut Ronan & Starforce Scenes – Why?

Captain Marvel clearly cut some scenes featuring Ronan the Accuser and the Kree Starforce – but why did Marvel choose to do that? Both the promotional photos and the trailers for Captain Marvel attempted to persuade viewers that the Kree were a race of noble warrior heroes, defending the cosmos against the ruthless Skrulls. Carol Danvers was to be introduced as a member of the Starforce, an elite Kree task-force who were fighting on the front lines of the Kree-Skrull War.

Of course, anyone familiar with the comics saw through the deception quite quickly. Marvel had openly admitted that their script was based on “The Kree-Skrull War,” a comic book arc where neither race were really the good guys. All of Captain Marvel’s teammates were villains in the comics, and Marvel’s refusal to confirm the identity of the Starforce Commander led most to deduce that Jude Law was playing Yon-Rogg, one of Captain Marvel’s greatest foes. It wasn’t hard to work out that the Kree weren’t the heroes Carol thought they were.

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Surprisingly, there’s some evidence that the Kree Starforce were originally a bigger part of Captain Marvel‘s plot – and so was Ronan the Accuser. In September 2018, a series of story details about Captain Marvel were revealed to kickoff the film’s marketing campaign. Crucially, first look images showed Yon-Rogg and Ronan standing side by side in what can now be recognized as Starforce’s tower on Hala; another image showed the two Kree military leaders greeting the assembled Starforce members for a briefing of some kind. It’s clear that Ronan originally worked more closely with Starforce, perhaps even joint-commanding the mission to Torfa.

Over on Reddit, now-deleted comments from user BrandonAUS – who claims to have worked on Captain Marvel as a visual effects artist – confirmed that scenes had been cut:

“An entire sequence I worked on the VFX for was cut where Yon-Rogg has a chat with the Supreme Intelligence before he gets sent to go find Carol and the Tesseract. As well as the current ones with Vers and the [Supreme Intelligence] being trimmed a lot. It is very common for things to be cut in movies. I am waiting for my art book from the movie to show up to see if they have any of the original Supreme Intelligence concepts in there.”

Amusingly enough, according to BrandonAUS, the person Yon-Rogg most admired – the form the Supreme Intelligence took while conversing with him – was Yon-Rogg himself. Meanwhile, Steve Behling’s tie-in novel Starforce on the Rise fleshed out the relationship between the different members of Starforce and contained a number of gags that fit perfectly within the film itself. They, frankly, seem to have been tailor-made for the big screen.

So why were these scenes cut? There are usually three reasons for cuts like this. The first is to tighten up the narrative; the focus in the Starforce scenes is really on the relationship between Captain Marvel and Yon-Rogg, meaning the other relationships are largely secondary and Ronan would have been unnecessary. The second is to improve the overall flow of the film; extended scenes on Hala would have meant Captain Marvel took longer to get to Earth, slowing the main plot down. Finally, some of those scenes were probably superfluous; Behling’s gags all tease Vers’ humanity, but that was pretty clear by the time of the Mindfrack device anyway. Hopefully, the Captain Marvel home release will include some deleted scenes showing the Starforce in action, and exploring the relationship between the unit’s different members.

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2019-03-14 01:03:16

Thomas Bacon

Captain Marvel Images: New Look At Skrulls & Jude Law’s Starforce Leader

A couple of new images have emerged from the forthcoming Captain Marvel, one featuring the evil Skrulls and the other Jude Law’s enigmatic Starforce leader. First announced in late 2014, Captain Marvel immediately attracted a high level of anticipation due to its status as the first female-fronted solo effort in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and this excitement only increased when Brie Larson was later revealed to be taking on the title role. The character’s debut was finally teased in a post-credits sequence of last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, when Nick Fury sent out a distress call to Captain Marvel shortly before being hit by Thanos’ snap.

With less than two months until release, the Disney marketing machine is now in full swing and a steady stream of trailers, TV spots and images are emanating from Marvel Studios. MCU fans have already seen Larson in full superhero mode, as well as her entire Starforce team, a digitally de-aged Nick Fury and a Skrull disguised as an old lady on a bus. Unlike other movies in the Marvel Studios’ continuity, Captain Marvel will be set in the 1990s and will reportedly act as somewhat of a prequel to other entries in the franchise.

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Several new Captain Marvel images have now emerged courtesy of Empire Magazine. The first of these highlights Ben Mendelsohn’s Talos, leader of the Skrulls, alongside one of his pointy-eared green comrades. The second image features Law’s Starforce leader clearly in the midst of battle and with him is Bron-Char, a Kree warrior portrayed by Rune Temte. Brie Larson also shared the cover image for the forthcoming issue, which features her own character flanked by both Law and Mendelsohn. This comes shortly after Empire revealed an exclusive subscriber-only comic-inspired cover design for the same issue.

Ben Mendelsohn as Talos Skrull in Captain Marvel

Empire Captain Marvel cover

While neither image reveals anything new about Captain Marvel‘s plot or its characters, they do both highlight the incredible visuals present on both sides of the Kree-Skrull war. Mendelsohn is almost unrecognizable in his costume and makeup, but his look has been well-received by fans, delivering a balance of authenticity to the source material and modern MCU aesthetics.

The second image gives fans a flavor of Captain Marvel‘s backdrop of intergalactic war and is also bound to stoke the already-blazing debate over who exactly Jude Law is playing. Unlike the rest of the cast, the identity of Law’s character has been largely kept secret, with many speculating that he’s Mar-Vell, a predecessor to the Captain Marvel title. This rumor was seemingly confirmed by Disney, but the offending statement has since been removed.

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2019-01-21 02:01:27

Captain Marvel Brings Starforce To The MCU – Here Are All 7 Members

Captain Marvel will introduce a new, powerful team into the Marvel Cinematic Universe: the elite Kree military unit known as Starforce. This is a remarkably deep cut for the MCU, given that Starforce originated in 1992 and have only made a handful of appearances since.

In the comics, Starforce is a group created to serve the Supreme Intelligence, the absolute ruler of the Kree. Although they didn’t know it, Starforce were pawns in a desperate game by the Supreme Intelligence. This monstrous being believed that the Kree had stopped evolving, and were doomed as a race. In order to kick-start evolution, it triggered a galactic war between the Kree and the rival Shi’ar Empire. The Shi’ar ultimately dropped a genetic bomb on the Kree homeworld of Hala, killing millions but forcing the survivors to evolve or die. As for the Starforce unit, they were subsumed into the Shi’ar military.

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Captain Marvel‘s second trailer reveals an image of the core Starforce team, as they are walking toward two other members. Beginning with those two other members and then moving from left to right, let’s take a look at the members of the Kree’s elite Starforce unit.

  • This Page: Mar-Vell (or Yon-Rogg), Ronan, and Korath
  • Page 2: The Remaining Four Starforce Recruits

Mar-Vell or Yon-Rogg (Jude Law)

First up is the Starforce unit’s enigmatic leader, believed to be the Kree hero Mar-Vell. The character was created by Stan Lee and Gene Colan in 1967, largely in order to secure the trademark to the name “Captain Marvel.” Mar-Vell was one of the Kree’s greatest warriors, and was sent to Earth to spy on our world after the emergence of super-powered humans. Mar-Vell became increasingly sympathetic to humanity, and ultimately fought against his own race in Earth’s defense. His heroism served as an inspiration to countless others, including Carol Danvers, but Mar-Vell’s story came to a tragic end in Jim Starlin’s 1982 graphic novel, The Death of Captain Marvel. One of the most powerful Marvel comics of all time, this saw Mar-Vell die of cancer, having been irradiated over the course of his superhero career.

Jude Law has long been rumored to be playing Mar-Vell in the MCU, but it’s also possible that he’s playing Yon-Rogg, a Kree military commander who ultimately becomes on of Carol Danvers’ foes. Rather than a lone operative, Captain Marvel envisions Law’s character as leader of the Starforce, and he’s expected to act as Carol Danvers’ mentor. The notion that Law is playing Yon-Rogg is supported by a recently leaked Funko Pop! that displayed his name as such, but that toy figure was quickly changed before its official release. So, it’s still unclear who Law is playing in Captain Marvel, but whoever he is, he’s bound to be a major character in Carol’s life.

Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace)

Now this is a familiar face. Donning traditional Kree armor, Ronan the Accuser is a would-be warlord who truly believes in his race’s militaristic history. Given his position in the reveal photo as well as in the Captain Marvel trailers, it seems that Ronan is a member of Starforce at this point in time. Lee Pace is reprising the role after first playing Ronan in 2014’s Guardian of the Galaxy, which revealed that the Kree warrior is destined to abandon his people and become a dangerous, bloodthirsty renegade.

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Curiously, Ben Mendelsohn is playing Captain Marvel‘s major villain, a Skrull military leader called Talos. In the comics, Ronan and Talos have actually worked together on occasion. It’s possible the two are conspiring to reignite the war between their two races, and that Ronan’s treason will be exposed. That would explain why he leaves Starforce.

Korath the Pursuer (Djimon Hounsou)

In the comics, Korath was a Kree cyber-geneticist who experimented upon himself in order to play a part in the Kree-Skrull War. This villain possesses basic superhuman strength, stamina, and durability, but his greatest skill is a low-level telepathic power that allows him to track his prey. Just as with Ronan, we know what the future has in store for Korath; Djimon Hounsou played the character in Guardians of the Galaxy, proving that this particular Starforce member will ultimately remain loyal to Ronan above the Kree Empire.

Page 2 of 2: The Remaining Four Starforce Recruits

Att-Lass (Algenis Perez Soto)

Algenis Perez Soto plays Att-Lass, a Kree villain who’s sometimes referred to as “Captain Atlas” in the comics. A ruthless and physically powerful warrior, Att-Lass is one of the few Kree warriors to briefly wield Mar-Vell’s Nega-Bands, powerful gauntlets that tap into interdimensional energy. He became disillusioned with Starforce when he learned the team was being manipulated by the Supreme Intelligence, and became a warlord in his own right, even attempting an invasion of Earth on one occasion. As yet, we have no information about how Att-Lass will be portrayed in Captain Marvel.

Carol Danvers (Brie Larson)

Next up is Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers, who will ultimately become the titular hero Captain Marvel. Marvel is choosing to avoid the traditional superhero origin story; it’s now been confirmed that Captain Marvel will open with Carol already possessing superpowers, and serving as a member of Starforce. According to Kevin Feige, the MCU’s version of Captain Marvel will be an absolute powerhouse. Larson herself has suggested Carol Danvers will be able to move planets, which is something that would be a byproduct of her Captain Marvel Binary powers.

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Captain Marvel sees Carol Danvers team up with the young Nick Fury and Phil Coulson in order to take on the alien race of shapeshifters known as the Skrulls. When the film is over, though, Carol will mysteriously disappear from the MCU for over a decade; it’s generally believed she’ll either be adventuring in space, or else in the Quantum Realm. Whatever the case may be, the post-credits scene of Avengers: Infinity War saw the dying Nick Fury summon Carol for help. She’s confirmed to be a major player in Avengers 4, and Josh Brolin has hinted she’ll wind up taking on Thanos personally.

Bron-Char (Rune Temte)

You can be forgiven for not having heard of Bron-Char. He was a Kree warrior introduced in the 1998 event “Live Kree or Die.” Bron-Char has the curious distinction of being one of the few people to successfully destroy one of Captain America’s shields; Cap had lost his traditional shield a while ago, and was using a replica from the Smithsonian Institution. The character has only appeared in a handful of issues, meaning Rune Temte can essentially portray him however he wishes.

Minn-Erva (Gemma Chan)

Sometimes known as Doctor Minerva, this Kree geneticist is one of Captain Marvel’s lesser-known villains. She’s a ruthless scientist with no qualms about experimenting upon “lesser races” such as humans, and possesses basic energy manipulation powers that seem analogous to Carol Danvers’ own abilities. Minerva was part of Strikeforce in the comics, but afterwards went rogue. She’s faded into the background in recent years, popping up every now and again as an infrequent foe who simply wishes to conduct dangerous, unsanctioned experiments; Minerva’s sole motivation nowadays appears to be the fact she quite enjoys her work. Gemma Chan is playing Minn-Erva, and it seems reasonable to assume she will ultimately prove to be an untrustworthy ally for Captain Marvel.

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2018-12-03 09:12:48

Carol Danvers’ Starforce Name Revealed (It’s Not Captain Marvel)

Captain Marvel may still be several months away, but the movie’s tie-in Funko toy has revealed the name that Carol Danvers will be going by as part of the Starforce team: Vers. There was a question mark lingering over what name Carol would be using while serving in the elite Kree military unit, since the trailer for Captain Marvel revealed that she’ll be suffering from amnesia and won’t remember her original life on Earth at first.

Carol Danvers has gone by many names in the comics – including Ms. Marvel, Binary, and Warbird – but took up the mantle of Captain Marvel fairly recently, starting with Mary Sue DeConnick’s run of Captain Marvel comics that began in 2012. In the upcoming movie, directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, it wouldn’t really make sense for Carol to start out using the name Carol Danvers (from a life she doesn’t remember) or Captain Marvel (which, in the comics, was taken up in honor of the original Captain Marvel after his death). Instead, it seems that she will be using a vestige of her surname.

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The popular toy company Funko has shared its line-up of Captain Marvel pieces, including several different versions of the movie’s titular character: Carol in her Captain Marvel costume, Carol in her Star Force uniform, Carol in her Air Force uniform, Carol wearing her helmet and mohawk, and even Carol on the back of a motorcycle. Perhaps the most interesting detail of the many Carols, however, is the reveal of what name she’ll be using when the movie’s plot begins. All the versions of Carol in the green-and-black Starforce uniform (like the Pocket Pop! keychain pictured below) use the name Vers.

While the exact details of Captain Marvel‘s plot remain sketchy, there are certain things that we’ve figured out based on the trailer. Carol Danvers is born on Earth and has a career as an Air Force pilot, but somehow ends up fighting in the Kree-Skrull war on the side of the Kree, joining the elite team Starforce alongside Korath the Pursuer and several other Kree warriors. While fighting as part of Starforce she doesn’t remember her original identity, but when her pursuit of a Skrull soldier brings her back to Earth, she begins recalling memories of her life before she became Vers.

The question that remains is who gave her that name. One possibility is that Carol has some kind of token of her former life – dog tags, perhaps, or something else with her name on it – that was partially destroyed, so that the only legible part that remains is the letters “VERS.” Another explanation is that the name is given to her by someone who knows her true identity (perhaps the villain Yon-Rogg) but is keeping it a secret from her. Finally, it could be the case that “VERS” is the only part of Carol’s name that remains intact in her fractured memory.

However Carol ends up going by Vers, it looks like she’ll have at least three different names in the movie – and will possibly go by Warbird and Binary as well. That’s rather appropriate, given that Captain Marvel appears to be a story about Carol’s search for her true identity.

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Captain Marvel Scene Description Teases Starforce Mission on Planet Torfa

Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers leads the Starforce on a mission in the first scene description from Captain Marvel. As far as the Marvel Cinematic Universe is concerned, all eyes have been turned to the next film. Larson stars in Marvel Studios’ first female-led movie, and the first look at Larson suited up and the movie has arrived. Along with the images have come plenty of brand new details about Captain Marvel. For starters, Danvers isn’t on Earth when the film begins, as she’s instead part of a skilled military team of Kree known as Starforce.

The team was part of the focus for the first Captain Marvel images, as they unveiled the entire lineup for the team. Jude Law’s mysterious character leads the team, but Captain Marvel takes charge in the field. Familiar faces like Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) and Korath the Pursuer (Djimon Hounsou) are joined by new characters. The team comes together for a mission in a brand new scene description.

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EW‘s Captain Marvel heavy issue hit stands a few days ago and fans are sharing additional information the outlet hasn’t shared in their several stories. Marvel_Freshman shared a photo of the pages from the issue that includes a scene description from EW‘s set visit. The scene may have been filmed in California, but it is the planet Torfa in Captain Marvel. The film visits the planet as part of a Starforce mission, but it isn’t going as smoothly as they like. Fog has clouded their view and interfered with the team’s communicators. They’re searching for a missing spy and despite the danger, Carol is the first one to leap into action once Jude Law’s character gives the go-ahead.

There’s no additional context for the scene, but it’s exciting to hear how a scene in Captain Marvel is going to play out – especially while fans wait to get the first trailer. This, hopefully, isn’t the only scene with the Starforce in action either. The missing spy’s identity isn’t clear, but it could perhaps be a rescue mission for their own teammate. There’s also the threat of the Skrulls potentially looming, so what or who Starforce are rescuing this spy from also isn’t known.

Torfa meanwhile looks to be joining the MCU’s growing list of planets. It first appeared in the pages of a Captain Marvel comic, more specifically Captain Marvel #2. This is the second issue from Kelly Sue DeConnick, which is one of the more popular and best received solo Captain Marvel series. It’s a relatively new creation as a result, so it’s possible Captain Marvel will really flesh out the world and make it on its own. Depending on when this sequence takes place, it’s possible the upcoming Captain Marvel trailer will actually show some footage from this scene.

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2018-09-09 07:09:48 – Cooper Hood