When it comes to Marvel’s ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’, we’ve heard from numerous sources that Agent Phil Coulson will return to star in the show. Not only has ABC President Paul Lee confirmed it, but Clark Gregg, the man behind the suit himself, revealed the news live on stage at last year’s New York Comic Con. Now, Joss Whedon, the creator of the show and consultant to all things in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, weighs in as to how that’s so.
After it was determined that the show is not a prequel, many theories began flying around about how Coulson will be making his return. One of the most popular ones was that the medical team saved him after his encounter with Loki in ‘The Avengers’ and then S.H.I.E.L.D. scientists turned him into an android that would eventually become The Vision. Other theories included flashbacks, Life Model Decoys, clones, Skrulls, and holograms. At South By Southwest during a Q&A for his latest film, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, Joss Whedon took the stage to answer some questions from the fans. Inevitably, a few Marvel questions came up, specifically about the upcoming ABC show. Though he kept mostly quiet about details, he did confirm one big thing:
“I’ll tell you guys this, Heimlich,” Whedon joked, before effectively clamming up about the show. “I can’t talk about it,” he admitted, but said that he did bring Coulson back from the dead for the ABC drama. “Yes. For realsies.”
So Phil Coulson is a zombie! He was brought back from the dead “for realsies”, so that’s the only explanation, right? Zombies are totally in these days, so this will definitely sell.
Obviously, I’m being facetious, but a character coming back from the dead is a normal practice in comics. Practically everyone comes back in some way except for Uncle Ben and Mr. & Mrs. Wayne. Since it happens in the comics, it was only a matter of time until something like that happened in Marvel’s movies. Now the question is how believable will it be when they actually do it.
Finally, I’m glad that Coulson actually did die in ‘The Avengers’ to an extent because then Nick Fury didn’t completely lie to Iron Man, Captain America, and the whole gang. If Coulson didn’t really die, then it would have negated the call to action in the massively successful superhero team up film. It definitely wouldn’t sit well with a whole bunch of people if the inciting incident that brought The Avengers together was a lie.
Well, that’s one crisis averted, but how do you think Joss Whedon will bring Agent Coulson back from the dead? Do you think it’ll be believable when it happens? Or will you just be glad that Clark Gregg is back as Phil Coulson?