Marvel Studios has announced the start of production on the upcoming Captain Marvel, the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the press release announces the below-the-line talent and synopsis, the big news is in the full cast list because it reveals that Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson will be making his return to the big screen in the Marvel movies. Yes indeed, while Gregg has been anchoring the ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we haven’t seen him in an MCU movie since The Avengers, when his character supposedly died. For Phase One Coulson was the glue that held the MCU together, so to see him returning is a joy.
If you’re wondering how this works since Coulson is dead, well Captain Marvel is a prequel. The film tells the origin story of Carol Danvers, played by Oscar-winner Brie Larson, and the synopsis for the 1990s-set film is as follows:
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.
Also returning are Guardians of the Galaxy actors Djimon Hounsou and Lee Pace, with the latter reprising his role as that film’s villain, Ronan. In Guardians, Ronan was a Kree zealot—a member of his race with fanatical ideas. Hounsou played his subordinate, Korath.
In the Marvel Comics, the Kree race is in a war with the Skrulls, the latter of which are the villains of Captain Marvel. The Skrulls have the ability to shapeshift, so many are theorizing that Captain Marvel will reveal some heretofore unknown secrets about the MCU from the 90s.
Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the filmmakers behind Half Nelson and Mississippi Grind, are directing Captain Marvel, while the credited screenwriters include Meg LeFauve (Inside Out), Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy), Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb Raider), Liz Flahive & Carly Mensch (GLOW), and Boden and Fleck. That’s, uh, a lot of writers.
Ben Davis, who shot Doctor Strange and Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, will serve as cinematographer, and Andy Nicholson (Gravity) is the film’s production designer.
The full cast for Captain Marvel is as follows: 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.