Captain Marvel was full of callbacks to previous Marvel films, but one of the most interesting ones was the Guardians of the Galaxy villain. We take a look at his comic book history and potential future in the MCU.
Before the release of Captain Marvel, it was made well aware that Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), Korath (Djimon Hounsou), and Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) would all be returning in supporting roles. With the release of the film, we’ve now seen what their roles were and gained some insight into the past of the characters. You can check out our full rundown of how the film changes the story of Nick Fury here. But for now, we’re going to take a look at Ronan the Accuser, a character previously seen as a villain in Guardians of the Galaxy and one that we likely haven’t seen the end of. Beware, as we’re going to get into some major SPOILERS.
Much like Nick Fury joined the army right out of high school, Ronan joined the Kree Public Accuser Corps after finishing his formal education. He quickly rose the ranks of the Accuser Corps until he became the Supreme Accuser after stopping a fleet of Skrulls from entering Kree space. In the comics, Ronan was always focused on Kree supremacy, especially among fellow members of the Kree aristocracy which consisted of the blue-skinned Kree. This eventually led to him railing against the Supreme Intelligence, believing it to be inferior due to its technological nature.
Ronan would attempt to stage a coup but, in turn, be defeated by Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell) and the Supreme Intelligence. Over the years, Ronan’s allegiance to the Supreme Intelligence has fluctuated. Eventually when the Supreme Intelligence was overtaken and the House of Fiyero took over rule of the Kree Empire, they framed and cast Ronan out. He would eventually come back and destroy the members of the House during the Annihilation storyline.
We know where Ronan’s story ends in the MCU as he eventually leaves the Kree Empire after they find peace with the Nova Corps. He then works with Thanos to wipe out those he deems unworthy and seek revenge on the Nova Corps, as he believes the peace treaty diminished the Kree Empire. He has essentially become an extremist terrorist who is tied down to his people’s old ways.
At the end of Captain Marvel, we see that Ronan hopes to return to Earth to take out Carol Danvers. When Carol departs Earth after Ronan retreats, she plans to head back to Hala to take down the Supreme Intelligence and the Kree Empire. Given Ronan’s dedication to the Supreme Intelligence and the Kree Empire, it’s impossible to believe he wouldn’t be heavily involved in that battle. Overall, everything that happens at the end of Captain Marvel essentially sets up Ronan to return as a villain in a sequel, facing off against Carol Danvers in the late 90’s. How that story ends and leads Ronan into the hands of Thanos remains to be seen. But it’s very unlike Marvel to let a story end with such big cliffhanger-like questions and not follow up on them–even if it does take 20 films or so.
You can see Ronan the Accuser in Captain Marvel, which is currently playing in theaters. You can also catch him in Guardians of the Galaxy, which you can currently purchase on Amazon in all formats.
Be sure to keep following Poor Man’s Spoiler for more Captain Marvel coverage, and check out our previous articles at the links below.
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