Clark Gregg, Lee Pace & Djimon Hounsou Returning to the MCU for ‘Captain Marvel’

Captain Marvel has officially started production, and to celebrate the occasion, Marvel revealed some downright awesome news. The announcement came in the form of an official press release, which comes with an official synopsis and cast list that will have longtime MCU follows jumping out of their seats with pure joy. Not only does the cast list reveal that Guardians of the Galaxy actors Lee Pace and Djimon Hounsou will be returning to the MCU in their respective roles, but so will Marvel mainstay Clark Gregg, in the form of SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson. Coulson lives (again)!

For those who don’t watch Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC (I recommend checking it out, it’s gotten really good), Gregg’s Coulson actually came back to life not too long after his death in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. He’s been anchoring that show from the very beginning, just as he was the connective tissue in the MCU before his shocking death at the hands of Loki. But even if Phil Coulson had stayed dead in the larger universe, this is made possible by the fact that Captain Marvel is an origin movie for the Carol Danvers character that will be set in the 1990s. Here’s a little background thanks to the newly released synopsis:

The story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.  Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

As I mentioned above, Lee Pace, who played Ronan the Accuser, and Djimon Hounsou, who played Korath, will be reprising their Guardians of the Galaxy roles for the original prequel. This is damn exciting news, as many believed both characters were short-lived. The more important aspect of this is Ronan, as he comes from the alien race known as the Kree. As the synopsis above teases, one of those “two alien races” in a “galactic war” is the Kree. Hopefully this film will give a bit of a backstory as to why Ronan went full rebel against his people some years down the road.

Brie Larson (left) gets hands-on help from Brigadier General Jeannie Leavitt, 57th Wing Commander (right), on a recent trip to Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada to research her character, Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel, for Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel.”

As for that other race, that is the Skrulls. They were revealed to be the villains of this story last year at San Diego Comic-Con, and it sounds like Captain Marvel won’t be the only people they’ll be facing off against. Skrulls have an ability to shapeshift, and that idea has left many Marvel fans theorizing what kind of secrets the film will reveal about our present day heroes. Could one be a Skrull in disguise? Would Marvel really do that to us? Depending on the exact time, the 90s is 20 years ago, so it’s definitely possible.

When it comes to the backbone of this film, that lands on the shoulders of filmmakers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Captain Marvel is no doubt their biggest title so far, but they’ve been praised for their previous directorial efforts in Half Nelson and Mississippi Grind. And unusually, this film has a lot of writers, with both Boden and Fleck being joined by Meg LeFauve (Inside Out), Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy), Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb Raider), Liz Flahive & Carly Mensch (GLOW). Lastly, Ben Davis, who is responsible for shooting duties on Doctor Strange and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, will serve as cinematographer on the project.

This movie has been looked forward to even before any moves were made on it, but now that it’s officially getting underway, it’s no doubt one of the most anticipated Marvel movies in the next few years. Which new reveal do you like the most? What are you hoping to see from the 90s prequel? Being directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Algenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte, McKenna Grace, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, with Clark Gregg and Jude Law and has a set release date of March 8th, 2019.

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