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We already knew that ‘Captain Marvel’ would welcome back Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.  Now a new press release reveals that the Marvel movie will welcome back a few familiar faces.  The first returning face is one that has been sorely missed on the big screen, Clark Gregg who is reprising his role as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson, who was seemingly killed off in 2012’s ‘Avengers’.  Of course, he was revived on TV’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’, but so far the movies have basically ignored the events on that and other Marvel TV projects.

Don’t get too excited.  Coulson’s presence in ‘Captain Marvel’ does not mean that the movies are acknowledging his resurrection.  This movie takes place in the 1990s, many years before Coulson was killed.  His appearance here, like Jackson’s, is a flashback.

The movie’s main character, Carol Danvers, played by Brie Larson is a human whose DNA gets fused with alien Kree DNA.  The Kree have factored into previous movies, most notably ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and two Kree beings from that movie will appear in ‘Captain Marvel’.

Djimon Hounsou is returning as Korath the Pursuer and Lee Pace will be back as Ronan the Accuser. As you may recall, both were killed off in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, but once again, ‘Captain Marvel’ takes place years before that.

In ‘GotG’, both Kree warriors served Thanos and attempted to secure the Orb, which held the blue Power Infinity Stone.  It’s unclear if Ronan and Korath will be in the service of Thanos at this point or if the film takes place before Thanos rose to power.

Despite the deaths of these characters, Lee Pace previously expressed a desire to return as Ronan, although his character wasn’t written into ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’.

Here is the full ‘Captain Marvel’ press release:

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (March 26, 2018) – Marvel Studios has begun principal photography in Los Angeles, California, on its newest film, “Captain Marvel.” The production is shooting in and around the greater Los Angeles area, which will also serve as the production base for the film. The production will also shoot on location in Fresno, California, as well as locations in Louisiana, including Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Set for release in the United States on March 8, 2019, Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is directed by the writing/directing team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, whose credits include “Mississippi Grind” and “Half Nelson.” An all-star collective of accomplished writers penned the screenplay, including Meg LeFauve (“Inside Out,” “The Good Dinosaur”), Nicole Perlman (upcoming “First Man,” Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Geneva Robertson-Dworet (“Tomb Raider,” upcoming “Sherlock Holmes 3”), Liz Flahive & Carly Mensch (“Glow”), and Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck.

The film stars Academy Award® winner Brie Larson (“Room,” “Kong: Skull Island”), Samuel L. Jackson (Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “The Hateful Eight”), Ben Mendelsohn (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Ready Player One”), Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond,” Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Lee Pace (“The Book of Henry,” Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Lashana Lynch (“Brotherhood,” “Fast Girls”), Gemma Chan (“Humans,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”), Algenis Perez Soto (“Sambá,” “Sugar”), Rune Temte (“Eddie The Eagle,” “The Last Kingdom”), McKenna Grace (“I, Tonya,” “Gifted”), with Clark Gregg (“Live by Night,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”), and Jude Law (“Spy,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”).

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.

‘Captain Marvel’ opens on March 8, 2019.