The Kree have graced the Marvel Cinematic Universe already in Guardians of the Galaxy and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (they played a particularly important role in the first half of the latter TV show's current season), and we'll reunite with these aliens next year on the big screen in Captain Marvel. Carol Danvers' origin story is closely tied with the Kree in the comics, and from what's been revealed about the heroine's upcoming movie, the same will be true in the MCU. Late last year, it was reported that Jude Law was selected to play Mar-Vell, and today brings word that Humans star Gemma Chan has been cast as the operative known as Minn-Erva.

Like her comic book counterpart, Gemma Chan's Minn-Erva will be a Kree geneticst, though Deadline didn't report any specific information on how this iteration of the character will fit into Captain Marvel. If the rumors about Ben Mendelsohn playing Yon-Rogg are true, this makes Chan's Minn-Erva the third Kree character who's been announced to appear in Captain Marvel so far. Chan is currently playing Anita/Mia in the AMC series Humans, and her other notable credits include Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Transformers: The Last Knight.

If Captain Marvel's Minn-Erva is anything like the one from the comics, then it's likely she'll be a force for evil rather than good. Using her genetic expertise and the special abilities she obtained from the Kree-Psyche Magnetron, she's clashed with heroes like Mar-Vell, Quasar, Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel on the printed page. Although the shapeshifting Skrulls have already been identified as Captain Marvel's main antagonists, it's also been reported that there will be a sinister Kree or two appearing in the movie. While it's not certain yet, you wouldn't be unwise to put money on Minn-Erva (a.k.a. Doctor Minerva) being one of these baddies, and with her own special powers, perhaps she'll go toe-to-toe with the newly-empowered Carol Danvers.

Set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel will follow Carol Danvers' transition from Air Force pilot to superheroine whose abilities include super strength, flight and energy absorption. In addition to Brie Larson playing the eponymous protagonist and Jude Law playing Mar-Vell, Samuel L. Jackson will reprise Nick Fury (who still has both eyes at this point), while Ben Mendelsohn, DeWanda Wise and Robert Kazinsky's roles haven't been officially disclosed yet. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are directing Captain Marvel, and Geneva Robertson-Dworet penned the screenplay.

Captain Marvel flies into theaters on March 8, 2019, and Carol Danvers will return just two months later for Avengers 4. If you're curious about what other MCU movies are on the way, browse through our handy guide.

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