While he was out promoting ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ last week, director Joss Whedon revealed some of his frustrations over resurrecting Agent Phil Coulson for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ because of the effect that the character’s death had in ‘The Avengers.’ Now that his feelings are out there in the world, naturally other people are going to ask him about it. But apparently the next time it was brought up, it turns out that the fan favorite filmmaker wasn’t the only one in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to find the return of Clark Gregg’s character slightly perturbing.
In an interview with IGN, Whedon spoke once again about Coulson’s death. After teasing that the whole ABC series is “just a fever dream” (which it’s not by the way), he clarified that the character is still dead in the context of the narration of his latest film:
“It’s a weird little yes and no. As far as I’m concerned in the films, yes he’s dead. In terms of the narrative of these guys [The Avengers] his loss was very important. When I created the television show, it was sort of on the understanding that this can work and we can do it with integrity, but these Avengers movies are for people to see the Avengers movies and nothing else. It would neither make sense nor be useful to say ‘Oh and by the way remember me? I died!’”
Whedon then went on to say that some of his fellow Marvel filmmakers weren’t too happy about his ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ show because it created some additional complications to their own stories:
“I think actually the movie people were a little bit cross about the TV show. They were sort of like ‘Well you can have this but not this. And this but not that.’ It’s complicated enough as it is without me adding another layer of complication. We also created a TV show called S.H.I.E.L.D. right before they made a movie where they destroyed S.H.I.E.L.D.. So everybody’s having a GREAT time!”
With that being said, now I’m curious to know the Russos’ side of the story. The brothers behind ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ that will be taking over for Whedon with ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ once they complete the Phase Three opener ‘Captain America: Civil War’ are probably cool with ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ now, but I wonder if they’ll comment on Agent Coulson some time soon. Actually, they probably won’t since they’re not on their way out of the House of Ideas like Whedon is, but we shall see.
How did you feel when Agent Coulson was resurrected for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’? Are you surprised to hear that other Marvel filmmakers were “cross” about bringing the character back to life? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ starring Brett Dalton, Ming-Na Wen, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Adrianne Palicki, Chloe Bennet, and Clark Gregg airs on Tuesdays at 9:00pm on ABC.