Arguably the strongest moment in the Avengers was when Agent Coulson met his demise. The impact of his death sent waves of mourning throughout the comic book/movie cultures as we realized a character we had come to love through his recurring appearances on the screen would never be seen again. But this is comics we are talking about so the possibility of his “resurrection” is slightly higher and it appears it will be happening when Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. comes to television.
At the Marvel television panel at NYCC last Saturday Gregg Clark was on stage when he was joined via video by Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige. Whedon popped in to give us this little bit of information:
We all love Clark Gregg, there’s no doubt about that. From before we made ‘The Avengers,’ we discussed whether there was a way for him to be a part of the Marvel Universe, perhaps a part of a TV show even after his death. … The fact of the matter is, as much as we love him, now that I’m really running Marvel, I like to keep a type of artistic integrity, which means we don’t stretch the bounds of reality.
Feige was unhappy with Whedon’s explanation so he came on screen wearing a “Coulson Lives” t-shirt saying that,
There was never going to be a ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ show without Agent Phil Coulson!
Feige’s proclamation forced Joss into telling the truth that Coulson has always been planned to be the headliner for the S.H.I.E.L.D. television show.
The theories to how Coulson could have survived the stabbing from the Loki Pokey Stick have been swirling since the movie released last Spring, but now they are in full force since one of them has to be true. Life Model Decoy has been a widely believed theory that Film School Rejects points out Clark himself has mentioned as a possibility and that they are referenced both in Avengers and Iron Man 2.
With the plan of Coulson’s leading role in S.H.I.E.L.D. having been in place for some time I’m sure that Whedon has a perfectly planned return for the much loved character when the show premires. Whatever the reason for Coulson’s return, it is an announcement that will be rejoiced throughout the halls of geek-dom.
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