Last month Marvel Studios began principal photography on Captain Marvel in order to take advantage of a major tax break for filming in Los Angeles. After a few days of shooting, which did NOT involve the entire cast, the production went on hiatus to be resumed in mid-March. With production tentatively set to resume on March 19th, the studio has resumed casting and today it was announced that actress Gemma Chan (Humans, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) has joined the cast in the role of Kree scientist Minn-Erva.
Minn-Erva, who first appeared back in 1977’s Captain Marvel #50, was a Kree bio-geneticist obsessed with advancing the then stagnant evolution of the Kree people. Minn-Erva believed that the Kree hero Mar-Vell’s altered genome held the key to a resurgence of her people and hatched a plan (which involved kidnapping Mar-Vell’s friend Rick Jones) to convince Mar-Vell to conceive a child with her. Minn-Erva’s plan failed, but she stayed on Earth and eventually attempted to replicate the Psyche-Magnetron accident that transformed Carol Danvers, gaining incredible powers herself.
With filming set to resume, we expect several other key roles to be filled over the next few weeks. Captain Marvel will soar into theaters March 8, 2019.