Captain Marvel Brings Three Marvel Characters Back from the Dead

With Disney confirming that Captain Marvel is officially in production, more details are now emerging, and those include the cast list. It looks like three Marvel characters we had said goodbye to are returning, one of whom brings a smile to our face (all three are superb actors, and their involvement is great for the film.)

The first name is a lovable (if a little gruff) character we lost in Josh Whedon’s The Avengers. Quick—what was the most important moment in The Avengers? If you say when Iron Man grabs hold of the nuclear missile and directs it into space and directly into the Chitauri fleet, while the rest of the Avengers did their level best keeping things on the ground from completely deteriorating, than you’re technically correct. Yet the catalyst that got the Avengers finally working together as a team was the death of S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson, played by Clark Gregg. When Loki (Tom Hiddleston) drove a spear through his chest, Coulson died doing what he did best, humbly trying to protect the world while believing, deep down, the Avengers would ultimately save the day. It was Coulson’s death that Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) used to get the squabbling superheroes on the same page. It worked.

Well, Gregg’s Coulson is coming back to life (in the cinematic world, we know he was also alive in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., after some Dr. Frankenstein level chicanery by Nick Fury), thanks to Captain Marvel being set in the 90s. He’ll no doubt be doing his best to help Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers negotiate the weird world of super powers and all the confusing intergalactic diplomacy required when a war between alien races suddenly involves Earth. We’re glad to have him back!

As we said, he’s not the only Marvel character to rise from the dead—or, technically, to reprise their roles in a film set before their death occurred. Djimon Hounsou returns as Korath and Lee Pace as Ronan, who we first met as very bad dudes in Guardians of the Galaxy. Korath was dispatched by Drax, while Ronan was taken out by the entire Guardians team. Welcome back, fellas!

Ronan’s involvement in Captain Marvel means that the alien war we’re going to witness may be between the Krees (Ronan’s race) and the Skrulls. It’s also likely that Ronan becomes aware of Carol Danver’s abilities, which will tie her into the fight, as well as S.H.I.E.L.D., with Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury also a big part of this film. Here’s the film’s synopsis:

“The story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races,” the press release says. “Set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

Captain Marvel is directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, and stars, along with the aforementioned actors, Ben Mendelsohn, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, and Jude Law. It opens March 8, 2019.

Featured image: Brie Larson (left) gets hands-on help from Brigadier General Jeannie Leavitt, 57th Wing Commander (right), on a recent trip to Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada to research her character, Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel, for Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel.” Photo: Brad Baruh. ©Marvel Studios 2019


Bryan Abrams

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