AGENT COULSON LIVES!
Joss Whedon stunned the crowd at New York Comic-Con’s “Marvel Entertainment TV” panel by announcing that Agent Phil Coulson will be a part of the upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series.
Clark Gregg, Agent Coulson himself, was also present at the panel to discuss his role as Principal Coulson on the current Spider-man cartoon:
I am absolutely overjoyed by this news, but it obviously begs the question, “Coulson died in The Avengers, so how does he fit into the show?” Marvel can work around this is a variety of ways – they can go the LMD (Life Model Decoy) route, they could set the series before the events of The Avengers, or they could reveal that Coulson’s “death” was just a manipulation ploy by Nick Fury to bring the Avengers together, and that he spent the rest of the film recuperating from the wound he sustained from Loki’s staff.
Personally, I don’t care how they do it, I’m just happy I’m going to see the brilliant dry humor of Clark Gregg on my television set every week. Perhaps Agent Coulson is the guy on the SHIELD training videos? Wouldn’t it be funny if the pilot episode began with a bunch of new SHIELD recruits assembled in some boring conference room, and a guy in a suit wheels in a TV, throws in an old VHS tape, and up pops Agent Coulson on some cheaply-produced SHIELD orientation film, like the ones you had to watch when you got your first job at Burger King or Blockbuster?