Fury later admitted that Coulson's choice inspired him to not conform to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s modus operandi, and Fury goes on to adopt this philosophy even more when he's promoted to Director. Between his tough decision and Fury's praise, Coulson impresses Carol deeply, so much so she expresses admiration for him and his rebellious nature. It's the antithesis of what the Kree inculcated in her, but she is inspired to do what's right for the greater good, no matter what.
That moment where Coulson went against orders, willing to sacrifice himself for a brother-in-arms and a total stranger, is what sparks Carol to dig deeper. She had been conditioned by the Kree to follow orders as a soldier of the Empire. It is only when she decides to break out of this that she unearths the truth: that the Kree are terrorists exterminating innocent Skrull refugees. And so, she turns on her former comrades, understanding that sometimes you have to push back against your orders and your own people.
This brings Coulson's journey full circle, right back to that moment we saw his blood-spattered Captain America trading cards in The Avengers. It united the Avengers when they fell apart back then, inspiring them to greatness, but clearly, he ignited a fire inside Captain Marvel years before. This allowed her and Fury to embark on an integral partnership and planted the first seeds for the Avengers Initiative.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck from a script they wrote with Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch, Meg LeFauve, Nicole Perlman and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as the commander of Starforce, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau, Algenis Perez Soto as Att-Lass, McKenna Grace as a young Carol Danvers and Annette Bening as the Supreme Intelligence.