Though they weren't there in person, Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige revealed today at New York Comic-Con via pre-recorded video that the beloved Agent Coulson would be returning to the Marvel non-comic universe, but on the small screen as the main character in the new S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series.
The character, portrayed by Clark Gregg in the two Iron Man films, Thor, and the Avengers, died (sorry for that spoiler all 3 of you who didn’t see the Avengers but still found this article interesting enough to read) part way through the most recent film, spurring our heroes to action. There’s no telling how Coulson would be returning or why (other than the fervent wishes of pure fanboy and girl love) or whether his return would be acknowledged in any of the upcoming films. There had been rumors that Coulson could be brought back as the synthezoid, the Vision, or that the person killed on the Helicarrier wasn’t actually Coulson at all, but rather an LMD (Life Model Decoy), a synthetic android duplicate popular with S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who want to take on the baddies with a minimum of personal damage.
Kevin Feige said “There was never going to be a S.H.I.E.L.D. show without Agent Phil Coulson.”
Whedon confirmed that even in the wake of Coulson’s death that the character was always a part of the plans for S.H.I.E.L.D. “He’s headlining the S.H.I.E.L.D. show and always was.”
Is this a good idea? Or should Coulson have stayed dead? And should we have expected him to return? It’s not like Whedon hasn’t killed and resurrected before. I just want all the other S.H.I.E.L.D. characters to be played by everyone else he killed off in his other shows. Wouldn’t super agent team consisting of Alan Tudyk, Amy Acker, Amber Benson, Ron Glass, Danny Strong, Felicia Day, Adam Busch, Julie Benz, and Charisma Carpenter kick complete ass?