Kevin Feige discusses Captain Marvel's returning MCU heroes and villains

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Apr 23, 2018, 9:15 PM EDT

When Captain Marvel launches next year, finally bringing Brie Larson's Carol Danvers into our lives, the MCU will also be bringing some old friends (and foes) along with her.

Since the story is set in the '90s, the film will bring back Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), and Korath (Djimon Honsou). Kevin Feige, aka the man holding all of the Infinity Stones, has recently shed some light on why Captain Marvel is doing this.

But just to catch you up really quickly: Two of the four returning characters are still alive. Phil Coulson may have been presumed dead during the events of the first Avengers film, but on the television spinoff Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. he lives on, thanks to Nick Fury's intervention. Nick Fury is still alive, though he is also presumed dead by most people, and has not been seen since the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Ronan and Korath are totally dead, both dispatched during Guardians of the Galaxy.

As Captain Marvel will deal with the Kree, as well as with S.H.I.E.L.D. before it all went horribly wrong, it makes sense to include these characters. Ronan is a Kree, and Korath is his not-so-capable henchman. Where you have S.H.I.E.L.D. you have Nick Fury, and Coulson fits in to both sides of this equation— he would potentially be a young agent (or recruit) in the '90s, and his resurrection later on in life is possible because of experimental Kree technology. It's kind of backfiring on him now in the most recent television storyline, but that's another story.

In an interview with Io9, Feige states, "It was the backstory of those characters crossing over into Kree mythology, and Kree lore, that just made it work. And I always think it's fun to see, most obviously with Fury in Captain Marvel, but also to a certain extent you'll see with Ronan and Korath, characters the way they were before they became the icons that you have seen in other films. And it's just fun to see people in different environments."

The movie will not only involve the Kree, but their arch-rivals, the Skrulls. Seeing a younger Ronan deal with them could be a lot of fun, and, as Feige states, it would definitely expand the mythology of the Kree — something that has grown to be ever more important in the MCU.

In terms of the "different enviornments," that Feige speaks of, seeing Nick Fury with two eyes (and not necessarily in charge) will definitely be different — but it is the chance of seeing a younger, possibly even more fresh-faced Coulson that really has us excited. Clark Gregg brings out the big guns every week on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, a show that has grown into one of the best genre experiences on television. We can't imagine the show without him, but still, we miss him in the films. It'll be great to see him there once more, and to get a look at his early history.

Phil Coulson- "cool origin story bro"

Since some of that early history involves Agent Melinda "The Cavalry" May (Ming-Na Wen), is there a rat's chance in Knowhere of possibly seeing her as well? Their early flirtations were covered in a flashback on televison, but still — we need all of the #Philinda we can get, especially if this is the last season for the agents. If not, in Captain Marvel, Feige should feel free to put the entire team in Avengers 4. #Philinda.

Not only will it be fun to see all four of these characters again, as Feige says, it will also be very interesting to see how this early history will change our perceptions of them when watching their previous appearances. That's part of the fun of prequels, after all. Learning more about "Kree-lore" will certainly have an effect as well.

Captain Marvel will be ready to fly on Mar. 8, 2019, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is nearing the end of its fifth (and possibly final) season right now. As for Nick Fury? If you need him, you know where he'll be.

(via io9)