Captain Marvel: Ben Mendelsohn Reveals His Character Originally Died Halfway Through Movie

By Pierre Chanliau Updated:
Ben Mendelsohn in human form on left and Skrull form on right

In April, Deadline released a report that Captain Marvel had finished its run of over $1.1B globally with a production budget of $175M, which resulted in a total profit of $414M for Disney. So, of course, a sequel to the superhero blockbuster was announced with Nia DaCosta set to direct what, in all likelihood, will be a Secret Invasion adaptation co-starring Kamala Khan.

However, it's nice to think back on the original, as Brie Larson and some of the crew have done recently. A few weeks back, Larson celebrated her casting in the titular role by posting multiple never-before-seen behind-the-scenes photos. Even her stunt double, Joanna Bennett, joined in the celebration by posting concept video of an unused action piece for the original movie.

Now, it's been revealed in an interview with Ben Mendelsohn that the fate of Talos could have turned out far deader than the character is now.


In an interview with NME, Ben Mendelsohn mentions that in the original Captain Marvel script he had read, Mendelsohn describes what he recalls, saying “[Talos] was gonna die at around page 60 [in the script] originally and he survived that, so he’s done pretty well."

He concludes this brief discussion of the character by saying that "...if that fucking shapeshifter rears his ugly head again, I’ll do my best to be inside it.” Clearly, Mendelsohn is still enthusiastic to continue playing the role, as he did in his surprise cameo at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home.


There's no telling how or when exactly in the movie Talos was meant to die, but considering that, traditionally, one page of a script translates to one minute of screen time, it'd be around an hour into the movie. So, it's possible that Talos could have potentially been killed by Yon-Rogg.

In Captain Marvel, Talos' science guy, Norex, impersonates Carol Danvers in an attempt to trick and stall Rogg, but is killed. It's entirely possible that in an earlier draft of the script, this was meant to be Talos instead. It's unknown what changed exactly to prevent his death, but if one were to guess, it'd be the potential inclusion of Talos' family.

Marvel Studios might have decided that it would be more beneficial for the character to stick around in the long run. The studio even reminded audiences that Talos was still around with him taking the place of Nick Fury in Far From Home. There's a chance that Talos may act as a supporting character in Captain Marvel 2, which is set to premiere on July 8, 2022. 

- About The Author: Pierre Chanliau
Pierre Chanliau began as a news & feature writer for The Direct at the site's launch in 2020. As a longtime reader of superhero comic books, Pierre's knowledge of Marvel and DC is extensive, informing his reporting and editorial pieces regarding the MCU and DCU.