The Marvels Villain Revealed And Gender-Swap Confirmed

The Marvels' villain Dar-Benn will be played by Zawe Ashton.

By Britta DeVore | Updated

This week has been a huge one for Marvel fans, who are finally catching their first glimpse at the upcoming feature, The Marvels. From Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel to the big screen premiere of Iman Vellani’s Ms. Marvel, the gang’s finally all here to get the party started. Viewers with an eagle eye and an allegiance to the original comic books were also sure to spot another long-awaited and speculated character, that of The Marvels villain, Dar-Benn, who we can now confirm will be gender-swapped for the MCU film. 

In a press release, Disney poured the piping hot tea and revealed that The Marvels villain would be played by Zawe Ashton. This is a big shift from the original comic books that see the conniving Dar-Benn as a male general of the Kree but one that will undoubtedly be welcomed by most of the fandom. In the initial story, Dar-Benn led a coup to put an end to the Emperor of the Kree Empire, a murder and conspiracy that was then made to look like it was carried out by the Skrulls – stirring up more hatred between the rival aliens.

Along with the fresh revelation of The Marvels’ big bad villain, audiences also found out who Daniel Ings would be playing. While his character will be known in the film as Ty-Rone, chances are he’s going to be based on Dar-Benn’s co-conspirator Ael-Dan. While it’s unclear how closely they’ll stick to the original source for their portrayal of Ty-Rone/Ael-Dan, changing his name certainly gives the writing team more leeway to take some creative liberties.

Zawe Ashton in Velvet Buzzsaw

The first look at the next film to come from Marvel’s Phase 5, audiences were more than a tad bit excited to see the girl power trio take center stage in the new The Marvels trailer. The film will revolve around Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Ms. Marvel (Iman Vellani), and Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), whose powers get locked together, causing them to swap places when one of the others harnesses her special abilities. While it’s not completely clear how The Marvels will introduce their latest villain, we know that the power shift comes from Captain Marvel’s investigation into a Kree wormhole, meaning that it’s almost certain that Dar-Benn and Ty-Rone will be tied in here.

Marvel has been cranking up the heat lately with their promotional rollouts as not only was the reveal of The Marvels’ villain a huge one but the studio also blew minds recently by flipping the script on what audiences thought they knew about the upcoming series Secret Invasion. This entire time we’ve been expecting to see Game of Thrones alum Emilia Clarke step into the role of S.W.O.R.D. commander Abigail Brand, but with the arrival of the show’s first official trailer, we discovered that she would be playing G’iah, Talos’ (Ben Mendelsohn) daughter and a member of the Skrull uprising. Between this and the unveiling of Nick Fury’s (Samuel L. Jackson) scarred eye, the trailer was packed with exciting bits of information to tie audiences over until the show’s arrival.

As of right now, the team behind The Marvels will be facing off against their latest villain in theaters on November 10. With so much MCU content coming out between now and then, who knows what or who else could be tied in with Dar-Benn and Ty-Rone?