Disney’s Captain Marvel has confirmed two additions to its ever expanding cast with the announcement that Gemma Chan (Transformers: The Last Knight, Fantastic Beasts) has joined the film. Chan will be portraying a Kree geneticist and spy named Minn-Erva, joining Brie Larson (Kong: Skull Island, Free Fire) as Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel, Samuel Jackson (The Hitman’s Bodyguard, The Hateful Eight) as Nick Fury, Jude Law (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Spy) as Walter Lawson / Mar-Vell, Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One, The Dark Knight) as the antagonist—presumably a Skrull—and DeWanda Wise (She’s Gotta Gave It, Shots Fired) in an undisclosed role.
First created by Scott Edelmanand and Al Milgrom in Captain Marvel #50 (May 1977), Minn-Erva (aka Doctor Minerva) was a geneticist and an agent of the Kree Empire enhanced by their Psyche-Magnetron alongside her future long-term partner Att-Lass (aka Captain Atlas). She was later stationed on a Kree science cruiser orbiting the Earth assigned to observe Mar-Vell, whom she sought to produce superior offspring with in order to advance the evolutionary potential of the Kree species. She went on to join a team of superpowered Kree warriors called Starforce with Captain Atlas during the Kree/Shi’ar War. Most recently she appeared during the Spider-Verse storyline where she sought to use the genetic material from Inhuman Terrigenesis cocoons to create a new breed of Kree Super-Soldier, bringing her into conflict with Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel. When it was later discovered that her research was not sanctioned by the Kree Empire, Spider-Man threatened to inform them of her illegal activities, forcing her to abandon her plans.
The film is being directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Billions, Mississippi Grind) and written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb Raider) from an earlier draft by Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur). It is scheduled to hit theaters March 8, 2019.