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Clark Gregg Teases Coulson’s Return in S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Series


It is no secret that Clark Gregg‘s Agent Coulson lives in the ABC series S.H.I.E.L.D. Although the character was killed off in Marvel’s The Avengers, he will somehow be brought back to life in the planned Joss Whedon series, which recently finished its pilot. In a new interview with Collider, Gregg teased how Coulson’s return will be explained.

“After people see the show, they’ll have some clue as to why I’m still there, still breathing,” he said. “But I don’t think they’ll know everything.”

Gregg admitted to being pretty terrified at the idea of jumping into television without his Avengers castmates, but he said there’s “a pretty spectacular ensemble around me” in S.H.I.E.L.D. He said that Coulson being the “human factor of S.H.I.E.L.D.” resonates on the small screen, and that he’s “never seen anything like what we shot on a television screen before.”

As for why Gregg loves Coulson so much, he said, “I’ve been so happy and living this geek fantasy as they kept adding Agent Coulson to everything including The Avengers and then gave him this magnificent, almost Shakespearean death scene, and I found out on that day how much I loved this guy and had come to identify with him partly because of the way fans responded to him, and also because he had such a great niche in those movies. He got to be funny, he got to be, in this case, heroic. And then I got to say good-bye to him, and it was a very emotional day.”

He continued as to what got him on board in S.H.I.E.L.D., “I feel what Joss did with that was a fantastic conclusion of the character. And even though my friends at Marvel said, ‘You know, we spent a lot of time talking about how Coulson lives, and we know that there’s a movement out there, and there are t-shirts and people paint on bridges ‘Coulson Lives’, we’re going to bring you back,’ and it’s one of the many things people tell you that never ever happens. And then I get this call from Joss saying, ‘Well … there’s a script. And here’s what we’re thinking, and it’s after The Avengers, and here’s the concept.’ By the time Joss finished telling me, I was in.”

So will we see Coulson again in a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie? Gregg thinks so.

“My feeling is that there’s no breaks in continuity with this and the Marvel movie universe,” he said. “It makes sense in that universe, and I certainly feel like his chances of appearing in those movies are far better than when he was far out dead.”


  • RocknRollPewPew

    Let it be known that I called this a few months ago: life-model-decoy!

  • Bill T.

    I can’t wait for this show to begin!

  • akachris

    Technically, his character didn’t die on camera. Fury announced Coulson’s death over the radio. If Fury was willing to manipulate the emotions of Captain America and Iron Man by staining Coulson’s card set with blood, it makes sense that Fury would be willing to lie about his death.

  • chien_clean

    I like him but more like a mascott

  • Eru

    life model decoy because he really is ‘the Vision’

  • IndigoMX9

    I thought that it was a bad idea to kill Phil’s character in the movie. A lot of the audience connected with the character. As a long time Marvel reader, I agree it will probably be written that it was a Life Model Decoy that died in the film.

  • Efilroft Sul

    I don’t buy it that Coulson’s dead. If he were, the end of “The Avengers” would have had a scene where the heroes and SHIELD agents are standing at his graveside. Instead, the Avengers are all seen going their merry ways. If anyone remembers the “Elektra: Assassin” miniseries, you know that SHIELD has some nifty tech to keep agents going who would otherwise be dead.

  • just me

    i know SHEILD has LMD and they were briefly mentioned in the movie but if the use LMDs to explain his “death” i think its a cop out. i would buy Fury manipulation but not LMDs.