We’re still at an early enough point into Captain Marvel’s production that we still don’t know all that much about the film. (Other than how Carol ultimately ends up getting a much better costume, anyway). But the latest casting news may shed a little light about what Captain Marvel has in store.
Though we haven’t heard too many details as of late, Deadline is reporting that Gemma Chan (Humans, Fantastic Beasts, Doctor Who) is set to play Doctor Minn-Erva, a Kree geneticist and spy who crosses paths with Carol Danvers at some point during her spacefaring adventure.
In Marvel’s comics, Minn-Erva (or Minerva, if you’d rather) is best known for her attempts at tracking down Captain Mar-Vell in hopes of procreating with him in order to create the perfect offspring. Given Minn-Erva’s traditional obsession with Mar-Vell’s DNA and Carol’s powers coming from being exposed to Mar-Vell’s genetic material, it stands to reason that Minn-Erva might spend a sizable portion of Captain Marvel trying to kill Carol in the name of science.
Then again, the MCU’s take on Minn-Erva might be completely unlike her comic book counterpart. Previous reports have suggested Ben Mendelsohn would be taking on a villainous role for the film, but there’s no way of knowing until we get closer to Captain Marvel’s release date, March 8, 2019. Chan will return to AMC’s Humans as Mia for season three later this year.