19 Aug 2020 2:30 PM +00:00 UTC

Ben Mendelsohn Says Marvel’s Talos Was Supposed to Die in Early Draft of Captain Marvel

The Skrulls may have been marketed as the villains of Captain Marvel, however, when the film released in 2019, fans soon learned that the shapeshifters weren't the actual antagonists of the movie. At the end of Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) learned that the Skrulls were actually galactic refuges running away from the Kree who had defeated their race in a genocidal war that destroyed their homeworld.

Talos (Ben Mendelsohn), one of the Kree's leaders, eventually became an ally to Captain Marvel, filling in for Nick Fury in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Though it seems like the character's found a comfortable place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Mendelsohn says that Talos was supposed to die in the original iteration of Captain Marvel.

Speaking in an interview with NME, the Australian actor who's starred in movies like The Dark Knight Rises and the Mississippi Grind talks about landing the role of Talos and what it's been like playing the Kree for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

"That truly exceeded my expectations," Mendelsohn said of the Marvel Studios movie. "[Talos] was gonna die at around page 60 [in the script] originally and he survived that, so he's done pretty well. And if that f***ing shapeshifter rears his ugly head again, I'll do my best to be inside it."


Talos' death would have probably added to the drama of Captain Marvel, but it's difficult to imagine Marvel killing off such a charming character who has a lot of potential in the MCU. We wonder what role Talos might play in Marvel's upcoming Captain Marvel sequel.

Captain Marvel is available for streaming on Disney+.

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