After appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and developing a devoted fan following, Agent Phil Coulson made the jump from the big screen to the pages of Marvel Comics in 2012 alongside Nick Fury, Jr. AKA Marcus Johnson. Since then, Coulson has gone on to join the Secret Avengers and pop up in various other titles, while simultaneously reemerging in the MCU on ABC’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’. Now, it looks like Coulson’s team will follow their fearless leader back to the medium that started it all thanks to Mark Waid and his upcoming series ‘S.H.I.E.L.D..’
The ‘Hulk’, ‘Daredevil,’ and recently announced ‘Star Wars: Princess Leia’ writer unveiled his latest project at Marvel’s Next Big Thing panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Waid will be joined by a rotating roster of artists including Carlos Pacheco, Chris Sprouse, and Alan Davis for this new title that will star Agent Coulson, Maria Hill, Fury Jr., and the Earth-616 versions of Leo Fitz, Jemma Simmons, and Melinda May in a collection of one- or two-issue stories that focus on the people who make up this massive evil-vanquishing organization. It’s even said that Fitz gets his own helper monkey, which is something that he’s been pushing for big time on the show.
While it won’t be a direct adaptation of the TV series, ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ will take a few cues from it and offer the opportunity for a new take on these characters that were introduced in the film universe. But just like the hit TV show, Coulson will be at the front of it all. What was it that made him the ideal front man for Waid?
“I love Coulson. Love him. In the films, he became immediately humanized by the fact that he was a fan of Captain America’s from back in the day. Here, when we have him fully connected to the entire Marvel Universe, we’re going to find out that he has a fan-geek level knowledge of all its characters. That doesn’t mean he idolizes them all or necessarily even likes them all — but the reason there will be so many MU guest-stars is because there’s no better authority on Marvel Earth than Phil Coulson when it comes to figuring out whose powers and skill sets are the perfect complement to any mission.”
Speaking of guest stars, Waid says that the structure of this series allows him to bring in basically anyone who would fit the mission at hand. That way, we could get some of the craziest team-ups possible:
“Anyone currently in continuity is on the table. So far — and we’re in the early stages, so don’t hold me to these — but we’ve mapped out stories teaming Coulson and his agents with anyone from the Vision and Baron Mordo to Two-Gun Kid and Iron Man to Daredevil and She-Hulk to Hawkeye and Rocket Raccoon, taking place in the Savage Land, in Lemuria, in the Everglades, on other worlds and even in other times. And all of it ‘counts’ — there are threads being woven that will show great importance in the coming Marvel Universe.”
If you’re interested in these new adventures of Phil Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D., be sure to check your local comic book shops in December. Until then, let us know what you think about this new ongoing series in the comments below.
Source: Comic Book Resources