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By featuring Kree villain Ronan the Accuser, Captain Marvel is in a perfect position to retroactively set up the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Set in 1995, Captain Marvel is essentially a prequel to the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. It tells a previously-untold story of the young Nick Fury and Phil Coulson, is expected to reveal just how Fury got the idea for the Avengers Initiative, and even features the Tesseract. But there are also strong links to the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, with Captain Marvel including Lee Pace's Ronan the Accuser and presumably explaining just why he went rogue.
According to Djimon Hounsou - who is reprising the role of Korath the Pursuer, a secondary villain from Guardians of the Galaxy - Captain Marvel isn't just set-up. "This is a completely separate story," he insisted during the set visits. And yet, the fact remains that Marvel's shared universe model means that the stories will inevitably be connected in some manner. The only question is how.
So far, attention has been understandably focused on two characters: Brie Larson's Captain Marvel and Jude Law's Starforce Commander. By now it's looking pretty certain that Law is playing the villain character Yon-Rogg - tie-in merchandise like Hasbro's Marvel Legends action figures have confirmed as much. And yet, by refusing to confirm anything officially, Marvel keeps the focus on Law, which means nobody is really discussing what Ronan's role could be - and how Captain Marvel could set him up for his position as main villain in Guardians of the Galaxy.