The single, biggest announcement that Marvel Studios has made at the New York Comic-Con this weekend is that Agent Coulson is back. But they did not explain the "how?" part of the fact Coulson is back, since he supposedly died in The Avengers movie at the hands of Loki.
Obviously, Marvel has a few secrets up their sleeve when it comes to Agent Coulson's "ressurection" into being the leading character of the new S.H.I.E.L.D. television show. That is, unless he never really died in The Avengers. But who cares since he is sure to make the new TV show both credible and an instant hit with fans who have love the character since he first appeared in Iron Man.
The following was reported said at Marvel's TV panel at NYCC on Saturday:
“We all love Clark Gregg, there's no doubt about that,” Marvel Studios' creative guru Joss Whedon said. “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. … The fact of the matter is, as much as we love him, now that I'm really running Marvel, I like to keep a type of artistic integrity, which means we don't stretch the bounds of reality.”
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige also said, “There was never going to be a 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' show without Agent Phil Coulson!” “He's headlining the S.H.I.E.L.D. show and always was.” said Whedon.
Whedon has said that the new S.H.I.E.L.D. show will showcase, "the humans in a superhero world and how they deal with that and how it makes them vulnerable."
So no Vision for Agent Coulson. Time to put that rumor to rest, finally. (He would've been a fantastic android too.)
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