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It’s Confirmed! Coulson Lives, Will Appear in ABC’s S.H.I.E.L.D.

You can put your plans to avenge Coulson on hold–’cause he ain’t dead. Clark Gregg showed up at the Marvel Television panel at New York Comic Con last night to help announce that everyone’s favorite agent would be kicking butt and deadpan snarking in the upcoming TV show S.H.I.E.L.D., the pilot of which is being directed by Joss Whedon.

Said Gregg, after a video tribute to Agent “His Name is Phil” Coulson got the crowd all nice and riled up:

“I just want to say, because I won’t have another chance to ask this — ‘Have you heard of a Life Model Decoy?’ I don’t know if you’ve read the theories from the people on Twitter, but there’s this guy called the Vision. I don’t know if you saw the UK version of the DVD, but the blade wasn’t coming out of his chest. There’s a tesseract!

Then Joss Whedon himself put in an appearance, albeit via video, to address the issue of Coulson’s death (COULSOOON! NOOOOO!) and (wait for it…) subsequent return:

“We all love Clark Gregg, there’s no doubt about that. From before we made The Avengers, we discussed whether there was a way for him to be a part of the Marvel Universe, perhaps a part of a TV show even after his death… He’s headlining the S.H.I.E.L.D. show and always was.”

Amazing news for Coulson fans (that’s everyone, right?)! I just hope that S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn’t end up taking place before The Avengers, meaning Coulson could be in it and still die at the hands of Loki later on. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige showing up in the aforementionedvideo wearing a “Coulson Lives” t-shirt, not to mention the Twitter reaction of Gregg himself (“–thanks to the #CoulsonLives crew. You brought him back to life!!!”), would seem to indicate that Coulson is back for good… and I choose to believe that he is. Whedon wouldn’t be that sadistic in his trolling, right? Right?!

Nope, Coulson’s definitely not dead. I’m putting my trust in you, Clark.

(via: Comic Book Resources; Coulson Lives illustration by Abby Yao)

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  • Anonymous

    I love Clark Gregg and I love what he did with Coulson. Who wouldn’t dream to be this unknown actor playing this unknown character who suddendly rise to fame because of his charisma?
    Still, I hope there is a good explanation for his resurrection. The “not really dead” plotline is one of the worst trope in comics.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    At least we can be fairly confident that Joss isn’t going to pull some ~*~it was all a dreeeeeam~*~ thing.

  • Amanda M. Ramsey

    I’m starting to get sick of all the Coulson love. If he ends up “not dead” somehow I’m going to feel like it’s a cop-out and be mad.

  • Magic Xylophone

    Uuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh What?

  • Mars

    I don’t care enough to get mad about it, but I’m definitely tired of Coulson fever. I do not get why people are so in love with this character. To me, he’s the most forgettable named-character in the entire franchise.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll keep an open mind and I certainly want more Coulson, but I’d prefer for the show to take place pre-Avengers. Unless the explanation is really really good.

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  • Anonymous

    I’m trying to keep an open mind, but I agree that if they’re really undoing his death it had better be a damn good explanation. One of the things that I can’t stand in comics is the way death means nothing because it never lasts.

  • Laura Truxillo

    I’ve done my little dance of glee. It’s all I can do not to say to the barista, “I say, my good sir, have you heard the news?!”

    Prequel, sequel, alternate universe, whatever, I’m just glad that we get the chance to see more Coulson.

    That said, I don’t think bringing him back automatically cheapens his death, unless it actually did involve LMDs (only explanation I never liked). Coulson still went down to fight Loki with nothing but an experimental gun. He still pulled the trigger after getting the last word in. He still was a hero.

    Now all that happens is it turns out Fury lies and manipulates people, even if it is for the greater good, and the Avengers just plain can’t trust him. That adds a level of conflict, instead of removing one. And anyway, it’s not like Whedon didn’t give himself enough wiggle room (Hill bringing up the cards at all, Coulson hanging on long enough to get in a shot, wait for Fury, and have half a conversation…yeah, it’s plausible).

  • Anonymous

    I think it has to do with how self-aware the character is played. Like, Coulson knows he has a weird job, he knows that he’s going to run into some bizarre stuff, but he keeps it professional. While everyone else is getting all worked up and *Drama,* he stays on task. But the whole time, you get the sense that he’s laughing at all of it. He knows he’s got a badass job, and he’s twice as badass for keeping his enthusiasm buttoned, you know?

  • Laura Truxillo

    That is a brilliant explanation for why Coulson is wonderful.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed. I read this with a sinking feeling. “Meh…” Give me a good story, and I’ll bite. Otherwise, in my opinion, it’s stinking up this character.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed. Still loved the part in The Avengers where he’s “on hold” with Black Widow. Ahh, good times :)

  • Amy Keeley

    Definitely agree. If he’s still alive, then his sacrifice meant nothing. Maybe Loki should have done the immortality test on him instead?