Captain Marvel Directors on Why Jude Law’s Character Was a Secret

Marvel Studios was especially mysterious about the identity of one of the main characters of the recent box office sensation Captain Marvel: Jude Law’s Yon-Rogg, whose real identity was revealed about halfway through the movie. Marvel went as far as describing him just as “Starforce Commander” on the merchandising. In a recent interview with Digital Spy, Captain Marvel directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck revealed why they tried to hide Yon-Rogg’s name for as long as possible.

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“He is the central villain from the comic books, Yon-Rogg,” Ryan Fleck said. “One of the things even when we were writing and cutting the movie together, in the first act of the movie, there were a few times where Carol referred to, in the dialogue, Yon-Rogg, she calls him by name early in the film. We cut those out of the script because we wanted to keep it mysterious about who he was so that any fans in the theatre who follows the comics, they wouldn’t necessarily know who he was.

Eventually, Boden’s and Fleck’s strategy paid off.

“I remember at one test screening, somebody right in front of me when they heard the name Yon-Rogg for the first time, which was well into the second act of the movie, they were whispering to their friend and super excited,” Fleck added. “That was the vibe we were trying to preserve by not announcing who Jude Law was playing.”

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Marvel and Disney have already released Captain Marvel on digital outlets and Blu-ray. Do you think that the Captain Marvel directors’ strategy for Yon-Rogg worked? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.