What with Avengers: Infinity War right around the corner (which, by the way, we have a totally kick-ass magazine for), it's easy to become shortsighted with MCU news, but Marvel and Disney just dropped a juicy bit of casting info for next year's Captain Marvel. Here's the full list. See if you notice any names that stand out:
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”).
Okay, our headline kinda spoiled it, but The Book of Henry's Lee Pace will be returning as Guardians of the Galaxy's Ronan The Accuser, Djimon Hounsou will return as Korath the Pursuer from the same – he's that alien dude from the beginning of the movie that holds Star-Lord at gunpoint – and Clark Gregg, bringing Avengers and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. favorite Phil Coulson back to life on the big screen.
The first two returning characters are pretty interesting in their own right, as it seems to confirm that Captain Marvel's events are going to take place in the same general region of space that the Guardians movies later inhabit in the timeline – remember that Captain Marvel is set in the 90s – but the big news here seems to be the return of Agent Coulson, who might just be getting one last hurrah after Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. likely gets cancelled. And the prequel status of this adventure means we're probably going to get a younger, more awestruck version of the character than the five of us who still watch S.H.I.E.L.D. are used to, which this writer is all on-board for.
You excited to see Coulson revived from TV purgatory? Or are you here for some Guardians-type space shenanigans? Sound off in the comments, nerds!