Marvel Studios and Disney have confirmed the cast for Captain Marvel, and it points to a very specific part of the film’s plot.
In the past, Marvel have released their films in chronological order – but that is set to change as Phase 3 begins. Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel has already been revealed to be set in the ‘90s, possibly containing a younger, two-eyed, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).
As the film heads into production, Marvel confirmed the cast as part of their press release – and it teases some exciting characters returning to the MCU. While Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter is notably absent from the list (much to the chagrin of fans) the below statement confirms that we will see the return of Lee Pace’s Ronan the Accuser, and Djimon Hounsou’s Korath the Pursuer:
“The film stars Academy Award winner Brie Larson (“Room,” “Kong: Skull Island”), Samuel L. Jackson (Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “The Hateful Eight”), Ben Mendelsohn (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Ready Player One”), Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond,” Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Lee Pace (“The Book of Henry,” Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Lashana Lynch (“Brotherhood,” “Fast Girls”), Gemma Chan (“Humans,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”), Algenis Perez Soto (“Sambá,” “Sugar”), Rune Temte (“Eddie The Eagle,” “The Last Kingdom”), McKenna Grace (“I, Tonya,” “Gifted”), with Clark Gregg (“Live by Night,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”), and Jude Law (“Spy,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”).”
The return of Clark Gregg to the big screen as Phil Coulson is an announcement that is likely to make a lot of Marvel fans very happy. Perhaps Fury will send him to watch Carol Danvers in the same way he did for Tony Stark?
What is really interesting, is wondering how Ronan and Korath could be a part of Captain Marvel’s story. We already know that the film will focus on the Kree/Skrull war, and given Ronan and Korath’s Kree ties, it should give depth to the characters that they were sorely lacking in Guardians of the Galaxy – which, while being an amazing film, woefully underused the Accuser. Captain Marvel may also serve to provide context as to why Ronan eventually decided to defect from the Kree Empire.
Captain Marvel is set for release on March 8th, 2019.