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Marvel has announced the officialy start of production on Captain Marvel, along with some surprising returning castmembers - including the long-lost Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson.

Along with Gregg, Lee Pace will apparently reprise his Guardians of the Galaxy role as the Kree zealot Ronan, while Djimon Honsou will apparently return as his ally Korath. As previously announced, Samuel L. Jackson will return as Nick Fury. All four characters are presumably playing younger versions of their contemporary (or dead) selves. 

Marvel's cast list reads as follows:

"Academy Award® winner Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Algenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte, McKenna Grace, with Clark Gregg, and Jude Law."

Marvel also confirmed the film, set in the 90s, takes place during the Kree/Skrull War, a conflict between two alien races that served as the spine of one of the most popular Avengers stories of the 60s. 

Here's the official description:

"Based on the Marvel comic character first appearing in 1968, 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.  Set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe."

Directed by the writing/directing team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, an "all-star collective of accomplished writers" wrote the screenplay, including Meg LeFauve, Nicole Perlman, Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Liz Flahive & Carly Mensch, and Boden & Fleck. The seven if you're keeping score at home.

Marvel also marked the start of production by tweeting an image of Larson preparing to portray fighter pilot Carol Danvers with a visit to Nellis Air Force Base.

Captain Marvel is due out in theaters March 8, 2019.

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