Moviegoers first encountered Korath in 2014’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. Known as Korath the Pursuer, he was an antagonist of the team of misfit heroes who worked under Ronan and Thanos to retrieve the Orb from Star-Lord. In CAPTAIN MARVEL, Korath returns to the big screen to fight the Skrulls alongside fellow Kree warriors in Spaceforce, including Carol Danvers (Brie Larson). Djimon Hounsou reprises the role.
“He’s still the Pursuer; he’s still the killing machine as we came to meet him the first time in GUARDIANS,” Hounsou said. He’s younger in CAPTAIN MARVEL, which is set in the 90s — well-before he battled the Guardians of the Galaxy, though their paths will cross in the new film. He also has a new look fans will be excited to see.
Hounsou was unable to share how in-depth CAPTAIN MARVEL will go into Korath’s origin, but we know from the comics he was a brilliant cyber-geneticist and head of the Pursuer Project, in which he developed cybernetic warriors for the Kree militia. After the project was canceled, Korath used the template on himself to gain superhuman powers, including strength, stamina and durability. He was then summoned by the Supreme Intelligence to join Starforce — the only piece of his story we can corroborate for the film.
“This is a world that we’re all just very foreign to the landscape,” Hounsou said of CAPTAIN MARVEL. “It’s a very creative process for us to try to grasp the world we’re in.”
As second in command to Jude Law’s character, who hasn’t been revealed, we expect to see more of Korath in CAPTAIN MARVEL, compared to GUARDIANS, and Hounsou confirmed we can also expect the same type of humor. “I’m sort of machine-like — very framed, very driven,” he said. “The lack of being flexible and playful, [Carol] takes a piss at that.”
We can’t wait to see these characters interact on screen when the film opens March 8. Check back often for the latest insights and updates on CAPTAIN MARVEL.