For the most part, audiences are familiar with how stories introduce villains and what to expect from them. It’s rare that those expectations get twisted on their head. After making so many movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the studio knows they’re going to have to do more to keep audiences guessing. In Captain Marvel, we met Jude Law’s character early on in the film. He was Brie Larson’s trusted mentor, training her and telling her to take control of her emotions. It wasn’t until much further into the movie that it was established he was keeping secrets from her, and was, in fact, her enemy. Now, thanks to one of our trusted and proven inside sources, we have learned how the sequel will be handling a villain early on in the film.
The Marvels, frequently called Captain Marvel 2, will have a male villain established early on in the movie. They’re then going to die early in the film. It will be a big surprise to the audience. Our source wasn’t yet able to share who is playing this male villain or what they’re after, but it seems likely that once Marvel starts giving us more information about the Brie Larson movie, they may be pushing this male villain as the central part of the story. Often, when a movie starts up with one villain who dies early on, it’s a way for the story to switch things up and take us to an unexpected place.
Already, it’s clear that we’re going to have a hard time guessing what will happen in The Marvels, and all we really know is the title and a few actors involved. The movie will be starring Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan / Ms. Marvel, and Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau. The little Marvel has shared about the film has made it sound like instead of centering on Captain Marvel, the story is going to give equal importance to these three characters. With the story focused on the three of them, it may make sense that whatever they’re fighting is going to turn out to be bigger than one villain. This one villain may be what leads the story into something else, something much bigger and different from what the main characters (and the audience) initially believe.
Using one villain early on to lead into this bigger story makes a lot of sense for Marvel. Many of the solo superhero movies, like Captain Marvel, focus on one hero against one villain, even when there are a lot of other players involved, like the Skrulls. Having an ensemble cast in The Marvels changes things up. Since the first Brie Larson solo movie took that dynamic, making the transition in The Marvels to an ensemble cast by starting with one villain and then turning into something else will help transition audiences to new expectations for what they’re watching.
Other than the main heroes, it’s been established that Zawe Ashton is part of the Brie Larson film, and rumored that she’ll be in a villain role. It’s been reported that Park Seo-Joon, famous for his role in Parasite, has joined the cast. However, that hasn’t been confirmed, and no one knows what kind of role he’s taking on. Could he be a villain? Could he be our early-on villain?
What we do know is that The Marvels is looking to change things up. The Marvel movies have come a long way. Brie Larson’s sequel is going to be the 31st film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This far in, they have a responsibility to do their best to surprise us, and the little we know so far about this movie promises that they’re aiming to do just that.