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CAPTAIN MARVEL Movie Will Bring Back Several Dead Characters

As we gear up to watch over 60 Marvel characters duke it out with Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, we are also looking forward to what happens after, specifically to Captain Marvel, the looooong-awaited outing for Carol Danvers starring Brie Larson. It’s slated to hit cinemas in March of 2019, and Monday saw the announcement that principal photography had begun, with Half Nelson directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck at the helm. But in addition to this news—and a cool publicity still of Larson getting hands-on fighter pilot training from Brigadier General Jeannie Leavitt, 57th Wing Commander—we also got word several old (and dead) characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be returning.

It’s no secret that Captain Marvel is said to take place in the ’90s and would feature Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury with both of his eyes intact. But this is only the beginning. The casting announcement mentioned Lee Pace would reprise his role of Ronan the Accuser from the first Guardians of the Galaxy, along with Djimon Hounsou, who’s back as his ally Korath. This makes sense, obviously, since Captain Marvel takes place way before their death, and will deal directly with the Kree/Skrull conflict. (Ronan is, of course, a Kree.)

In addition, Clark Gregg is set to return to the big screen as Agent Phil Coulson, who famously died in The Avengers but was brought back to life to be the lead in ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. This would mark Coulson’s first appearance in a feature film since then.

Other cast announced includes Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Lashana Lynch (Brotherhood), Gemma Chan (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Algenis Perez Soto (Sugar), Rune Temte (Eddie the Eagle), McKenna Grace (Gifted), and Jude Law. Mendelsohn is likely playing the villain, a Skrull fellow, while Law will play Mar’Vell, the original Captain Marvel who bestows the title upon Danvers.

It’ll be exciting to see what the Marvel landscape looked like in the ’90s, and how they’ll manage to tie it and ’90s Carol Danvers into the current timeline. Since we’ve seen green-suited Brie Larson already, and if Captain Marvel hadn’t started shooting until this week, it’s a pretty good bet we’ll get our answers in Infinity War.

Images: Marvel Comics, Marvel Studios

Kyle Anderson is the Associate Editor for Nerdist. You can find his film and TV reviews here. Follow him on Twitter!

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