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Coulson Lives, But How? ‘We’ll Have to See,’ S.H.I.E.L.D. Star Says


Although fans will eventually learn how Agent Coulson is still among the living following the events of Marvel’s The Avengers, don’t expect all of the answers when Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres this fall on ABC.

“I thought they were pranking me a little bit because there was so much blood on the set of The Avengers,” star Clark Gregg tells Entertainment Weekly. “I kept waiting to see, are we going to shoot a version where [Loki] misses? And they didn’t, so I was really surprised to get that call and I wanted to make sure it didn’t do anything to undermine what we achieved there and when [writer-director Joss Whedon] explained the mystery and how they planned to deal with it, with Agent Coulson being around, I was very sold.”

Gregg didn’t offer any specifics to his character’s resurrection, however, saying, “He’s back. He’s thinks he knows how he’s back. We’ll have to see.”

Airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT this fall on ABC, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. also stars Ming-Na as Agent Melina May, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Gemma Simmons, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward and Chloe Bennett as Skye.


  • Steve

    best case scenario: he turns out to be Vision
    worst case scenario: he’s an LMD

  • matt

    I think it will be an LMD, they won’t go near vision being ultron is the most obvious choice for the third avengers film bad guy. They would probably want that door left open. And btw worst case scenario its nothing and Coulson just didn’t die and it was all a lie…that would suck worst then him being a robot because then it would tarnish the story of Avengers (in a Han shot first fashion)

  • David Fullam

    Since this could be something with a bit of a Torchwood vibe, maybe like Capt Jack, he just can’t die?

  • Reth Sogen

    I hope not. I feel like part of the cool factor with Coulson is that he doesn’t have superhuman powers of any kind. He’s just a normal guy with alot of training and specialized equipment to allow him to deal with superhuman threats.

  • Michael A. Morgan

    If you watch Avengers again, the whole looks like a set up. I don’t think he ever left the armory. Like everybody said, he piloted a LMD to get killed and rally the Avengers.

  • GLJeremy

    I think the reveal about his survival is a LMD, but reverse of what people are saying. Agent Coulson was killed by Loki, and this version is a Life Model Decoy. And the twist is he doesn’t know he is one (Thus the mystery he uncovers as the show unfolds). Much better than it all being a lie (That would undermine the only real emotional beat to the Avengers film). Also, though I personally don’t think its a great idea, it provides a path to him becoming vision in the future. That way it would a least feel like an organic growth of the character.

  • Erik

    except it was actually hinted in the movie that it was a lie… Fury used Coulson’s bloody Captain America cards to rally the troops, and right when they left Hill said they couldn’t have been bloodied because they were in his locker or something similar to that.

  • Tom

    That doesn’t mean that Fury didn’t take the cards from Coulsons locker and then smear his blood on them.

  • Evan Lee Battle

    a LMD is a worst case? I mean, that means he did die, and hes staying dead. and it also means we get him in more movies and capacities as a hero, because they can just keep building him.

  • anthonybgonzalez

    good points…it’s open-ended. marvel can give any interpretation later on when they finally figure out what they want to do.