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That Thing In The Avengers You Totally Thought Was Joss Whedon’s Doing Totally Wasn’t

and let it be known

Pardon our vague title but we’re trying to make sure we don’t spoil anything for those of you who still haven’t seen The Avengers. If you have, or don’t care if you’re spoiled, read on to find out whose idea it really was to do that big thing Joss Whedon is notorious for. 

We know Whedon has a penchant for killing beloved characters so we went into The Avengers thinking it was a forgone conclusion that’s what we were going to witness. And we were right. Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson, one of the coolest secret agents ever, was seemingly offed by Loki in the film. Upon getting asked by io9 if he was worried about perpetuating his “Whedon kills the ones we love” habit, he said, you came put the blame on Marvel Studios President instead.

In our first meeting Kevin Feige said, this is what we’re gonna do and I said, “Oh but you have to go out there and tell everybody that it was your idea because this is going to get me so much shit. Because they are all going to be like, “Oh he did it again!” It was stipulated from the beginning, and I completely agree that it was the right thing to do, and so did Clark. Who said in the early days, when I was busy apologizing for it, “In a movie like this, with what’s going on if there isn’t some toll, it’s just irresponsible story telling.”

It doesn’t make me feel any better about the death but at least they can’t tally this one on Whedon’s chalkboard. Like many others, I’m holding out hope that Coulson is not actually dead or that they’ll find some way to bring him back to life if he is. If not, you can be damn sure fans will avenge him.

(via Geeks Are Sexy)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."