A tipster over at /Film has shared how Joss Whedon will supposedly bring Agent Coulson back from the dead for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. So, y’know, have your grain of salt ready. But their explanation certainly sounds like it could be legit.
Unmarked spoilers beyond the cut, be ye warned.
According to the tipster what it all comes down to, as revealed in the pilot, is that Fury faked Coulsons’ death to bring the Avengers together to kick some Loki and Chitauri butt, which has been one of the primary theories up to this point and the one that I personally like best. Via /Film:
Some S.H.I.E.L.D. members were in on it (including, possibly, Maria Hill played by Cobie Smulders) but The Avengers were not. Their security clearance wasn’t high enough. Coulson was forced to hold his breath as part of the ruse and that’s a point of contention among his colleagues After the fact, Fury moved him to a remote location until things died down, and then he was reinserted into duty at the time of the show.
Well. There ya go. Just a plain ol’ instance of Fury being sneaky and manipulative, which fits with other actions of his in The Avengers. Of course, this explanation does bring up the question of how Coulson survived being stabbed by Loki—maybe he actually was seriously injured, and Fury took advantage of that situation. Or maybe (conspiracy theory hat on) Fury planned to fake Coulson’s death early on and, with Coulson’s knowledge and cooperation, they… I don’t know, replaced Coulson with a LMD decoy for his “death.” Or maybe replaced Loki’s scepter with a fake one, like one of those joke knives where the blade is blunt and slides into the hilt instead of into the victim. Not likely, I’ll admit. But I like those knives, darnit. And tricking the trickster is always fun.
What do you think of this explanation? Good? Or boring/uninventive?