Clark Gregg says Captain Marvel will explore Agent Coulson's early history as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. As the film is set in the 1990s, this will be the closest fans have gotten so far to an Agent Coulson origin story.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, a U.S. Air Force pilot who develops super powers after having her DNA fused with an alien. As an adaption of the Kree-Skull War, Captain Marvel will send Carol Danvers on a cosmic adventure that may introduce a key Marvel character: Mar-Vell, the original Captain Marvel. The film will also feature a number of established MCU characters, including Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Agent Coulson (Gregg), Korath the Pursuer (Djimon Hounsou), and Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), and it will explore many of their early years.
In an interview with EW, Clark Gregg talks about the character of Agent Coulson in Captain Marvel. Greggs refers to Coulson as "a bit of a new guy at S.H.I.E.L.D." and compares the character to the more experienced S.H.I.E.L.D. agent fans meet in the first MCU film, Iron Man.
"He’s a lot younger. It’s the earliest we will have seen him, so when he says, ‘Mr. Stark, this isn’t my first rodeo’ in Iron Man, this is maybe the rodeo he’s talking about."
It appears that Coulson's role in Captain Marvel will finally add context to the character's "rodeo" line. In his appearances in the Iron Man films, as well as Thor and The Avengers - not to mention Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Coulson has been portrayed as a person who is no stranger to bizarre occurrences. A brush with a superhero, the Kree, or the Skrulls in Captain Marvel could provide an explanation for that.
It seems only fitting that Coulson will be "a new guy at S.H.I.E.L.D." in the upcoming movie, considering that the movie will take place more than 20 years before the events of the first Iron Man. Audiences already know that Coulson may be de-aged in the film, but it's not yet clear how much younger he'll appear.
Fans are excited to see Coulson in Captain Marvel, as the film will be the character's first role in an MCU movie since his death at the hands of Loki in The Avengers. Since the MCU and the Avengers have "moved on" from Coulson, and have so far ignored Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it eventually became apparent that Coulson's place in the MCU would continue to be relegated to TV. However, that's not exactly the case. Thanks to Captain Marvel, fans will be able to see a new side of Agent Coulson, one that may add even more layers to the character.
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- 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