Over the weekend, Marvel unveiled its plans for 2019’s Captain Marvel. Its first female-led title will be set in the '90s and the story will be based on the '70s Kree-Skrull War, a major cosmic event in the comic books.
The arc, penned by Roy Thomas, tells the story of how Earth gets caught in the midst of a battle between the Skrulls, a race of shape-shifting aliens who lost their home world to the planet-devouring entity Galactus, and their age-old rivals the Kree, a humanoid, blue-skinned alien race.
The number of characters involved in the conflict are largely excluded from the MCU’s current line-up. Among those who feature in this roster, nearly all of them won't make appearances in Captain Marvel. The reasons run the gamut from contractual obligations of its stars to the MCU movies distancing themselves from the television shows. So, don’t expect to see the Inhumans — products of the Kree’s genetic experimentation — to show up.
However, one of the participants in the comic book event has been officially confirmed to appear in the upcoming movie. That’s none other than Nick Fury. It’ll be his first on-screen appearance since 2015’s Age of Ultron, assuming he's a no-show in 2018's Infinity War. The former director of S.H.I.E.L.D., who won't have his signature eye patch in the movie, will probably be joined by these two familiar faces:
Phil Coulson hadn’t been created by the time Kree-Skrull War had been published, and he’s currently doing his thing in #Marvel’s small-screen department, which the movies pretends doesn’t exist. However, we also have to consider that the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent did feature in the Marvel movie, and Captain Marvel is going to be set in the '90s.
Consequently, it allows Marvel to reintroduce audiences to a younger, definitely-not-dead Phil Coulson, presumably with a full head of hair. This could actually work because Coulson already appeared in an MCU movie, so it wouldn’t be jarring to the MCU's narrative if he were brought back in a time before the events of Avengers, during which he supposedly died. He’d probably not possess the high-ranking position he had in the film, but likely as a S.H.I.E.L.D. intern or sidekick to Nick Fury.
Ronan The Accuser
The hammer-wielding Kree served as the antagonist in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy. However, before he became obsessed with harnessing the power of the Power Stone, Ronan served as judge, jury and executioner of his people. Along with Captain Mar-Vell (who is part of the reason how Captain Marvel gets her abilities), Ronan is one of the most recognizable and important members of his race, and will definitely have a vital role to play in the war. In the comics, he tries to revert Earth to its pre-civilized state like it was when the Kree first appeared and began experimenting on pre-historic humans.
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