There are many reasons to be excited about Captain Marvel. First and foremost, Oscar® winner Brie Larson is bringing Carol Danvers to life and will almost immediately make her the most powerful hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As the second-to-last film in the current era of the MCU, Captain Marvel will also give fans the chance to see a favorite character one more and perhaps last time on the big screen.

Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) will appear in Captain Marvel. The character has been dead in the movies since The Avengers in 2012. He was revived for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on television, which is technically MCU canon, but as far as almost everyone in the movies knows, Coulson is still dead.

Captain Marvel presents a unique opportunity to see Gregg, who appeared as Coulson in Marvel Studios’ first film (Iron Man), since it takes place in the 1990s, before Coulson took a sceptre through his torso. Gregg discussed how his character fits in the upcoming film with Entertainment Weekly.

“He’s a bit of a new guy in S.H.I.E.L.D. 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.”

I wonder just how “new” Coulson will be, as I’m already picturing (and laughing at) him as being barely out of the S.H.I.E.L.D. academy like a glorified intern. He probably isn’t that new, but it will be fun to see him regardless.

It would have been too difficult, and too confusing for those who don’t pay attention to the MCU in every medium, to bring Coulson back in Avengers: Infinity War or Avengers 4. Too much time would have been needed to explain how he was still alive and why no one told The Avengers. It’s much better to show Coulson in a way we’ve never seen him and it still serves as an effective, cinematic swan song for the beloved character.

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly