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In a surprise move, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed today that the Avengers spin-off TV show S.H.I.E.L.D. will feature Agent Phil Coulson as a main character. Beware, spoilers are in this post!

Fans that have seen The Avengers might recognize a very small problem with this nugget of casting information. Statistics say that if you’re reading this post, you’ve seen The Avengers, but we’ll go ahead and throw out a spoiler alert for those that enjoy complaining about stuff.

Agent Phil Coulson was killed by Loki during the events of The Avengers but according to Marvel President Kevin Feige in a panel at NYCC, that won’t stop him from appearing in the Avengers spin-off TV show S.H.I.E.L.D.

“Did you ever think there would be a S.H.I.E.L.D. show without Agent Phil Coulson?” said Feige, before adding, “There was never going to be a ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ show without Agent Phil Coulson! He’s headlining the S.H.I.E.L.D. show and always was.”

Avengers director and S.H.I.E.L.D. advisor/director/writer Joss Whedon added, “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.”

Way to send us mixed signals Kevin Feige and Joss Whedon.

So from where we stand, there are three options on the table.

1) S.H.I.E.L.D. takes place in a pre-Avengers universe where Phil Coulson is still alive. Currently, since Whedon threw that “let’s keep it real” sentence on the table, this seems like our most viable option.

2) Agent Phil Coulson never died and Nick Fury pretended he was to get the Avengers into action. We know that Nick Fury is a manipulative guy, so this card (much like Coulson’s vintage Cap cards that Fury DIRTIED WITH COULSON’S BLOOD) is never off the table.

3) Phil Coulson died and the show will follow his “life-model decoy,” which is something that Tony Stark mentions as a throwaway gag in The Avengers but probably is perfectly capable of building. Part of the humor, we’re sure, might be akin to the fact that Coulson has always been slightly robotic and hasn’t changed much since his death.

Fan speculation has led to the idea that Coulson might be reborn as The Vision, but until we hear those exact words come from Whedon’s mouth, we’re not sure that’s something we want to endorse.

Thanks to Marvel (via TVLine) for the news!

How will Agent Coulson return to S.H.I.E.L.D.?

  • Winkyxx

    This better be good…

  • http://twitter.com/AntaraC Antara Chowdhury

    I am so, so happy about this. I love Clark Gregg and his portrayal of Coulson.

  • JCman7


  • Glaciusx

    OH HAPPY DAY!!!! I just screamed and woke up my mom, BUT IT WAS WORTH IT.

  • DK

    “Now that I’m really running Marvel…” lol

  • Lauren

    Haha I love ‘for those who enjoy complaining about stuff’

  • Random Freshman Girl


    Fuck yeah Jimmy Bean.

  • The507thDoctor

    Best news all month! Now we just need to hear that Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders will be regulars too

    • Greg

      Smulders is already contracted to HIMYM. So she can’t be a regular (appearing every episode). However, she is allowed to make guest appearances, perhaps with a multi-episode arc.

      Samuel L. Jackson on the other hand would be a tricky casting move. On one hand he may due it simply for the fact that he was the leader of S.H.I.E.L.D. throughout the MCU films thus far. On the other hand, he’s an A-list actor who may demand too high a price for a television appearance. He’d be amazing but it’s up in the air if he could even be on the show.

  • Paula

    I have to confess, I don’t really care how they bring him back…I think he’s GREAT and I will relish the fact that he is not gone. He’s part of the team and an important part in my mind.

  • stargazer

    I love Agent Coulson! And when I watched him die I thought, “But…the Avengers isn’t the Avengers without Agent Coulson.” I just hope that they bring him back right and don’t make it seem like some random plot contrivance.

  • Alex

    Avengers left a Coulson-shaped hole in my heart and it needed filling!~

  • Ande Anderson

    I vote option 2! I don’t think he’s dead. He can’t be!

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