While Phil Coulson’s future on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is up in the air — his character is slowly dying and the series is on the edge of cancellation — his past in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is assured.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, actor Clark Gregg is the latest castmember confirmed for the upcoming Captain Marvel. Set in the 1990s, when the S.H.I.E.L.D. of old was alive and well, Coulson joins fellow agent Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) as part of the film’s Earth-bound events. But bringing Coulson along has a few interesting wrinkles. The ABC series has revealed some details of Coulson’s early days at S.H.I.E.L.D., so it will be interesting to see if those ideas will be honored in the film as Marvel’s television programs went their own way after the Battle of New York.
Coulson, for example, has not returned to an MCU film since his apparent death in the first Avengers film; though his team provided crucial information to the Avengers in an episode of S.H.I.E.L.D. just a few days before the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron. It was the last strong link between Marvel’s television offerings and the MCU.
Meanwhile, Marvel Studios has also revealed Lee Pace will return in the film as his Guardians of the Galaxy character Ronan the Accuser. Since the film will explore the Kree civilization — which is also getting a focus on S.H.I.E.L.D. this year — a Ronan appearance makes a great deal of sense. According to earlier reports, the film will see title character Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) make her way into space to battle the temperamental and conquest-minded alien race and another species at war with the Kree.
Captain Marvel opens on March 6th, 2019.