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Not Even Agent Coulson Himself Knows How He Came Back From the Dead

Fact From the Vapor of Nuance

With the Agents of SHIELD panel coming up and the fall premiere of the series approaching, it’s only a matter of time before we start hearing hard facts about the show’s most anticipated reveals, the means by which Agent Coulson has returned from his untimely demise at the hands of Loki in The Avengers, and which comics character J. August Richards is depicting with his apparent super strength and invulnerability. Entertainment Weekly, with their exhaustive pre-San Diego Comic Con issue, has some tidbits for us.

First, is the interesting information that not only is Agent Coulson’s mysterious return from beyond the veil a secret to the audience, it’s also something of a secret to him. The lucky folks over at EW have seen the pilot for the show and say that Coulson’s colleagues refer to the fact that “he must “never know the truth” about his death.” That thickens the plot considerably. Or maybe nobody wants to tell Coulson that Nick Fury got blood all over his mint condition, seventy year old trading cardsJoss Whedon, consistent with his previous statements on the explanation, says that’s something they won’t be explaining immediately.

While the show is not going to involve any super powered characters from the Marvel movies, it’s still going to be directly connected to some of their plot elements. According to EW, the first episode refers directly to a storyline from one of the movies, and according to Whedon: “We plan on trying to weave in between the films and try to make them more rewarding on both ends.”

And, finally, about J. August Richards’ mystery character? In response to being asked about it, show co-creator Maurissa Tancharoen said this: “We’ll finally be able to answer some questions [at Comic Con]… Though I’m sure we’ll have to stay on the vague end of the spectrum.” So that’s that, ladies and gents. We’ve only got a week before we actually find out whether he’s Rage, Cage, or some one completely different.

(via Entertainment Weekly.)

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