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Clark Gregg teases young, MC Hammer-obsessed Phil Coulson in Captain Marvel

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Sep 14, 2018, 10:01 AM EDT

With all the craziness in the Marvel Cinematic Universe caused by Thanos' actions in Avengers: Infinity War, it'll be nice to turn back the clock to the 1990s in Captain Marvel. Bill Clinton was president, people were afraid of Y2K, and a young Phil Coulson was infatuated with "Can't Touch This."

While speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Clark Gregg dropped some teasers about his character's return to the MCU for the first time since his supposed death at the hands of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in 2012's The Avengers.

“He’s a relatively new S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who is obsessed with MC Hammer and dresses just like him, and it makes Director Fury so angry,” he said. “The genie pants don’t really go with the Armani.”

Coulson was always a quirky, hero-worshipping secret agent, so we can only imagine the hilarious hijinks we'll get to see from a less seasoned version of him.

“There was something really special about going back to the early days when he was just kind of coming up the ranks,” Gregg continued. “I had to take innocence workshops and go back to when he was a little less crusty and jaded!”

Like Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury, Gregg will be de-aged for the movie, and the two will enjoy what the actors described as a “meet-cute moment," referring to the romantic storytelling beat in film and television where the two members of a future couple meet for the first time. “I don’t think Sam will put it that way," Gregg added with a chuckle.

Captain Marvel arrives in theaters March 8, 2019.