Fans of Clark Gregg’s S.H.I.E.L.D. agent character Phil Coulson have reason to rejoice this week, as Joss Whedon announced over the weekend at the New York Comic-Con that the actor and character will be appearing in the small screen Marvel universe. That’s right—Agent Coulson will be featured in the upcoming TV series Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D., the television arm of the ever-expanding Marvel cinematic universe. Spoilers below!
Now, some of you may be asking, of course, ‘didn’t Agent Coulson die in The Avengers?’ And the answer is yes, yes he did. The character, after previously appearing in Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Thor, met his end in The Avengers after he was stabbed by Loki. So, yeah, it’s not entirely clear exactly how Coulson will be appearing on the series. Flashbacks? Will the series be set before The Avengers? Some massive storytelling cheat in which Coulson is saved via time travel or some other weirdness?
There was no word on that from Whedon, who sent a recording of himself announcing the news to NY Comic-Con. But if there’s someone who can figure out who to pull it off, it’s like Whedon—throughout his various TV series’, Whedon has featured multiple “Disney deaths,” in which a beloved character dies, and is then somehow brought back in a way to appease the fans. And since Whedon is co-writing the pilot (with Maurissa Tancharoen), we’re sure he’ll figure something out.
What do you think of the Agent Coulson news?