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

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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  • Anonymous

    I hope it’s not “And this Coulson was a LMD all along ho ho ho!”

  • Kay

    You may want to proofread this article. “The luck folks”, “Coulson’s college refer to”?

  • Anonymous

    My guess is that Coulson is still dead and that the TV Coulson is a LMD. He’s gonna learn later in the season that he’s not really human, which might tie up with the creation of Vision later on. Considering that Scarlet Witch will make her debut in the next film, it would make sense that they introduce the character before Avengers 3.

  • CaptGiles

    Sand Diego. :)

  • Mr The Batman

    That depends on if they, Marvel, plan on using Ultron and if Ultron will create The Vision later on. However it could just be a really cool red herring.

  • Cy

    It’s Whedon, not Shyamalan ;)

  • Mordicai

    Yep, that was exactly what I was going to say. Whedon wouldn’t unkill a character, & him being a LMD would be tragic. Good pathos. Plus there is precedent with Buffybot.

  • Mordicai

    Well yeah, but introducing a LMD lays down precedent for both Ultron & Vision, to come in later. They are playing the long game.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, Come on! Everyone who has even limited knowledge of the Marvel Universe knows about Life Model Decoys (LMDs). It’s obvious that Coulson switched with with one on the Helicarrier when he went for the weapon. LMDs do bleed red in order to carry out their function which sometimes includes getting believably assassinated.

  • Anonymous

    I want this to be an excuse to introduce Hela in her doorway-busting headdress to baffle viewers expecting a high tech procedural.

  • Anonymous

    Lazarus pit? Phoenix down?

  • Mr The Batman

    Angel’s Plume?

  • Anonymous

    To be fair, he unkilled Buffy twice.

  • Anonymous

    But if that was the case, why would “the truth have to be kept from him”? If Loki killed a LMD there’s no reason Coulson should not be informed about it. But if his memory and personality has been programmed into an LMD who thinks its human…
    That would be cold. But it would also be typical Fury.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, I hope they don’t go down that road. It would negate the whole Common Man thing about him.

  • Mordicai

    Fair point! & also, superhero as a genre has plenty of precedent. Though I would say that the first Prophecy Girl “death” doesn’t count, in a critical sense. Textually, sure it counts, but meta-textually it was a Character Event not a character ender. Season six…well lets just say I can see that sort of emocore storytelling being fun for LMD Son of Coul.

  • Nicole Elizabeth Currie

    Damn, now I’ll be so freakin’ disappointed if that doesn’t happen.