While it was common knowledge that Captain Marvel would take place in the 1990s and feature Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), many of us never put two and two together to deduce that S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) would also be in the movie. After all, he wouldn't be "murdered" by Loki in the first Avengers for another 20 years or so. Greg has enjoyed a nice starring role on ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. since 2013, but he'll finally be returning to the MCU proper next year, which obviously got a lot of people excited.
Last night, Gregg shared a photo on Instagram, which confirmed that his re-entry in the big leagues wasn't a hoax or pipe dream. The image in question shows part of his face next to a nameplate reading "N. Fury" with the caption "New job, old friends #captainmarvel."
Having appeared in Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, and the first Avengers, Gregg was a crucial member of the MCU from the very beginning and his death was enough to rally Iron Man, Hulk, Thor Captain America, Black Widow, and Hawkeye against Loki. Coulson was one of Fury's most trusted agents. Since Captain Marvel is a prequel of sorts to everything that came before, one might wonder if we'll get to see how Coulson and Fury became such good friends.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel arrives in theaters March 8, 2019. It will follow Air Force pilot Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) as she becomes embroiled in an intergalactic conflict and gains superpowers when her DNA is infused with that of the Kree, an alien race responsible for creating the Inhumans.