Not only will Captain Marvel be the first film from Marvel Studios that is 100% headlined by a woman, who just so happens to be the strongest hero introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far, it’s also bringing back some characters that fans of the MCU thought were dead and gone. The film is set in the 1990’s and Carol Danvers’ place in Starforce, a military task-force of the Kree Empire, has been confirmed. As part of Starforce, she’ll be working alongside Ronan the Accuser and Korath the Pursuer, who both were eventually killed in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
Also returning to the film will be S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson, played by Clark Gregg. Although Agent Coulson has been a part of the MCU (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) after his death in The Avengers at the hands of Loki, his role in Captain Marvel will feature a young Coulson, who alongside Nick Fury, will be coming into contact with his first superpowered hero. This has been teased in the past, but until now we didn’t really know what he meant when he told Tony Stark in 2008’s Iron Man that “This isn’t my first rodeo, Mr. Stark.”
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Gregg shared his thoughts about returning to the MCU on the big screen and taking on the role of a younger version of a character he’s used to playing:
“There was something really special about going back to the early days when he was just kind of coming up the ranks. I had to take innocence workshops and go back to when he was a little less crusty and jaded!”