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How Captain Marvel Brings Agents of SHIELD Closer To The MCU Movies

Captain Marvel looks set to bring Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series closer to the movies than ever before. When Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. launched back in 2013, it was essentially Marvel's flagship tie-in TV show, with a massive number of links to movies like Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Connections between Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Marvel movies have grown a little more distant in recent years, though, much to the dissatisfaction of viewers and actors alike.

Captain Marvel will be the ultimate test in just how continuity works in the MCU. The movie has more potential to contradict established Marvel TV canon than any other film Marvel Studios has ever made. It features a never-before-seen adventure in the history of Phil Coulson, whose backstory has been explored in detail in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It also features an alien race known as the Kree, who have also seen significant development on the small screen.

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Fortunately, the first signs are that Marvel Studios is actually working with continuity established by Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The movie shouldn't be expected to overtly reference anything from the series, but the first trailer does hint that the aesthetics established by Marvel Television will be reproduced on the big screen.

Phil Coulson's Role In Captain Marvel

Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser in Captain Marvel

Let's start with the biggest tie-in aspect of Captain Marvel; the role that will be played by Clark Gregg's Phil Coulson. The film will be set in the '90s, and Coulson is a relatively new recruit to S.H.I.E.L.D. Hilariously, according to Gregg the movie will include Coulson and Fury's "meet-cute moment" - although he doubts Fury would view it that way. By the sound of it, Fury is initially irritated at the fresh-faced S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who's a fan of MC Hammer.

Surprisingly, it looks as though the movie will carefully avoid contradicting this aspect of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. While that series is set in the present day of the MCU, it's starred Gregg as a resurrected Phil Coulson, and as such has liberally explored the character's backstory. It's been confirmed that Coulson studied history at college, and focused on the importance of S.H.I.E.L.D. to world history. He attended S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Communications School, and his first mission was a minor op where he worked alongside Specialist Melinda May. Although it's possible dialogue in Captain Marvel will contradict this, at first glance this early Coulson adventure looks to fit perfectly with the canon. In fact, Gregg has suggested that Captain Marvel isn't "his first rodeo," but it is "one of the first." That distinction carefully avoids any issues.

The real challenge to continuity, however, will come if Coulson meets the Kree in Captain Marvel. In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1, Coulson discovered that he'd been resurrected using a formula derived from a Kree body, an alien race he didn't recognize. Of course, his memory erasure of Project T.A.H.I.T.I. could easily explain that without any real difficulty.

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Kree Architecture In Captain Marvel

Hala in Captain Marvel

The Captain Marvel trailer also included a shot of the Kree homeworld, the planet Hala. This comes from Carol's time in Starforce, the Kree taskforce she begins the movie a part of, so we can expect a closer look at the planet in the release film. Even from just this clip, Captain Marvel clearly presents the planet as a highly industrialized world with designs that match what we've seen in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..

In season 2, the S.H.I.E.L.D. team stumbled upon an ancient Kree city hidden beneath Puerto Rico. They found their way there when Coulson realized he, and others affected by the drug GH325, were scrawling parts of a map. Crucially, in one scene Coulson and his team generated a 3D image of the map, creating a fantastical cityscape - one with a markedly similar architectural style to the one seen in the image above. Notice that the image of Hala includes several broad buildings, with large flat roofs; the 3D hologram in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actually included one of those as well. They could easily be landing pads for small spacecraft, of the type we see Carol piloting in the Captain Marvel trailer.

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Meanwhile, the strange hexagonal styles on the windows are similar to those seen in both Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel's Inhumans. That series revealed that a group of ancient Inhumans live in an ancient Kree outpost on the Moon. While the overall architectural style there was very different - it was similarly blocky, but lacked the sense of elegance you can see in Captain Marvel - that can be explained away by pointing out that a Lunar base was presumably much more functional, designed for clinical efficiency rather than as a home.

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Key Release Dates
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
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