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Clark Gregg teases Phil Coulson and Nick Fury's first encounter in Captain Marvel. Although Iron Man is more so remembered for introducing Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark - or Samuel L. Jackson's cameo as Nick Fury at the end of the movie - it was also the first appearance of Gregg as Coulson. Agent Coulson quickly became a fan-favorite character, going on to appear in Iron Man 2 and Thor, before he "died" in The Avengers. Marvel TV resurrected Coulson to star in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., providing five more years for Gregg to play the part.
With his character's fate in season 6 of S.H.I.E.L.D. unknown, he' still making a return, but also a re-introduction. Gregg is among the many familiar faces who will appear in Captain Marvel, thanks to its 1990s setting. Both he and Jackson will be the beneficiaries of Marvel's nearly perfected de-aging technology, as fans will get to see how the two legendary S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives meet.
EW spoke to Gregg about his return as Coulson on the big screen, to get an idea of what viewers can expect. He teased that this younger version of Coulson is a big fan of MC Hammer and (jokingly?) says he even dresses like him. Coulson is brand new to S.H.I.E.L.D., and doesn't know that aliens or superheroes exist yet. But, how will his first meeting with Fury go? Gregg surprisingly likens it to Coulson and Fury's "meet-cute moment" before saying, "I don’t think Sam will put it that way."
Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the canon TV materials have years of familiarity with these characters, so it will undoubtedly be fun to see how they meet, and whether or not they hit it off right away. A "meet-cute" is a common romantic comedy scene where the love interests first meet, so Coulson and Fury's meet-cute may well be friendship at first sight too. They clearly have a close relationship several years down the road, but whether or not they see eye to eye from the get go will be for Captain Marvel to reveal.
However the first meeting between Coulson and Fury plays out, fans are just excited to see Coulson back on the big screen, and in this new setting. A young, MC Hammer-loving Coulson could wind up being an even bigger scene-stealer than Coulson already was. Plus, if he's got an appropriate 90s hairstyle all his own (fingers crossed for a mullet), then there's great potential for Coulson comedy in Captain Marvel. How much he and Fury actually factor in isn't clear so far, so hopefully young Coulson has a few memorable scenes throughout the movie.