Unlike its potential companion Disney+ series, Secret Invasion, production on The Marvels has been kept under wraps, aside from some set photos leaking showing off a new costume for Iman Vellani's Kamala Khan. Outside of that costume, fans know little about the Captain Marvel sequel, but there was one small role that potentially leaked.
Last year, One Take News reported that Marvel Studios was looking for an actor in their early 30s to early 50s to play the role of "Scientist Friend," who the outlet believed would appear in The Marvels. There was a lot of speculation about who this "friend" could be, but it soon fell off the wayside until recently.
The same outlet has recently found evidence of their previous scoop being correct with the Captain Marvel sequel planning to introduce an obscure and minor Marvel character stemming from the Kree.
New Casting for Captain Marvel Sequel
A description and actor that matches the casting call for the "Scientist Friend" role reported by One Take News last year. But, the character in question, Pap-Tonn, couldn't be more obscure, only ever appearing in a single issue of Marvel Comics—"Silver Surfer" (1987) #8.
The only thing that he does in the issue is examine the Silver Surfer's cosmic board with poor results as it flies out of the laboratory to its master's aid. So, how this minor Kree scientist character will fit into the Captain Marvel sequel is a mystery.
How Friendly Will This Kree Scientist Be?
Interestingly, despite being a Kree, an enemy of Carol Danvers and the Skrulls led by Ben Mendelsohn's Talos, Stoneley's role is described as a "Scientist Friend." So perhaps he will be a Kree who has a change of heart towards his colonialist empire or gains sympathy for the Skrulls and other races the Kree have oppressed.
He could act as a possible ally or mole for those working against the interests of the Kree empire, such as Carol Danvers and Nick Fury. It'd be for the sequel to show that not all the Kree are as brainwashed as Jude Law's Yon-Rogg or any of Carol's other squad mates.
Regardless, this will likely be a minor role matching that of the minor character, but he could still manage to stand out. After all, Matthew Maher's Norex, Talos' "Science Guy," was able to stand out as a minor character despite his limited screen time, so the same could happen with Pap-Tonn.
Fans will find out for sure when they see The Marvels in theaters on February 17, 2023.