Cobie Smulders Says S.H.I.E.L.D. Is Agent Coulson's Show

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter Cobie Smulders reaffirms ongoing discussions with ABC about guest starring and/or joining their television show based on Marvel Comics' S.H.I.E.L.D. and drops a clue as to which character will be the focus.

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By Mark Julian - 1/28/2013





I can't really talk too much about it because there's some talks about it, regarding Maria Hill. But Joss Whedon is a genius and any opportunity that I have to say words that he has written I will take. Clark [Gregg] this is sort of his show. I love Clark and want to be apart of it. But we'll see.

We know pretty much nothing about the plot of the show and this is our first indication that Coulson is indeed the focus of the show. Initially rumored as being just a cameo in the pilot, it was then revealed that Coulson will be an ongoing cast member and now we have this clue from Smulders that Coulson will be the Capt. Mal Reynolds of the group. If you look at Whedon's past television work, his history is rich in ensembles but there's always a clear-cut central character among the cast. Looks like Agent Coulson's legend will be growing ever larger.


Also here's this S.H.I.E.L.D. logo from the set courtesy of showrunner Maurissa Tancharoen-


Running Time: 60 min
Release Date: Unknown
MPAA Rating: Unknown
Starring: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Brett Dalton
Directed by: Joss Whedon (pilot)
Written by: Maurissa Tancharoen (story/writer), Jed Whedon(story/writer),Jeffrey Bell (executive producer), Jeph Loeb (executive producer)
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Source: THR
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Jollem - 1/28/2013, 1:57 PM
agent coulson's death was meaningless, then? that's assuming the 'vengers crew just wouldn't have done anything to stop loki's scheme if coulson didn't "die"
JatevinM - 1/28/2013, 1:59 PM
I mean they were going to go after Loki anyway and they were going to have to come together regardless. Coulson's death never struck me as what brought them together. Hell Banner, Hulk, Thor, and Captain America had minimal interations with him. As I recall Steve and Coulson only met during the Avengers. I dont know how anyone actually ever believed he was dead to begin with.
juansam26 - 1/28/2013, 2:01 PM
^no, the avengers needed his death to come together and put aside their differences. his 'death' at that moment in time was pretty meaningful.
juansam26 - 1/28/2013, 2:02 PM
That has nothing to do with it, just cause they had no interaction with him doesn't mean they didn't care for a human life dead right in front of them because they couldn't come together and prevent it in time.
JordanKing - 1/28/2013, 2:02 PM
So Agent Coulson and Friends?
DaenerysTargaryen - 1/28/2013, 2:08 PM
Good to know....Also I find it funny how Coulson *in the end and if he's in every episode and every episode is an hour* will in the end have had more screentime than all the Avengers.
JatevinM - 1/28/2013, 2:12 PM
At the end of the day Coulson's death still never came off as the rallying call that brought them together in my opinion.
BIGBMH - 1/28/2013, 2:22 PM
Will somebody please just explain how the heck he's alive?! With all this secrecy it better be brilliant.
DEATHbyEXILE - 1/28/2013, 2:24 PM
heroes meets law&order?
RexDartEskimoSpy - 1/28/2013, 2:26 PM
My best guess: Coulson survived getting skewered by Loki but physically can't work in the field anymore, so he's stuck at a desk job, sending younger agents out and monitoring them from headquarters, dispensing equal amounts of advice and snark. Sort of playing the role of the lieutenant on a detective show. Or Giles.

As for Fury lying about Coulson's death, the Avengers finding out could be the straw that broke the camel's back, leading them to break ties with SHIELD and going off on their own. The already don't trust Fury. You know eventually Marvel wants to have the Avengers and SHIELD at odds with each other, Civil War-style.

I'd mucher rather it just be Fury lying (for the greater good) than some crazy contrivance or LMD nonsense. But I trust Joss.
RexMason - 1/28/2013, 2:26 PM
So.... Agent Coulson's death is more valuable than "He killed 80 people in 2 days". Really?
RexDartEskimoSpy - 1/28/2013, 2:28 PM
Release Date: October 10, 2012
MPAA Rating: Tv-14
Starring: Katie Cassidy, Stephen Amell and Willa Holland


Um, I think that's Arrow.
Shamo - 1/28/2013, 2:28 PM
Whedon wrote it. thats all we need to know.
TheCaptain - 1/28/2013, 2:34 PM
@BIGBMH
With all of SHIELDs advanced technology, its not that far fetched they could have fixed is wound.
@Jollem, Nick Fury is a manipulative liar.

"that's assuming the 'vengers crew just wouldn't have done anything to stop loki's scheme if coulson didn't "die""

Oh yes and I'm SURE if Coulson hadn't died The Avengers would have just sat around and not stopped the alien attack
*rolls eyes*
Jollem - 1/28/2013, 2:41 PM
@AsgardianGangsta - whoa. that's a bit harsh. mr. fury has nothing but good things to say about you :)
Nomadic1 - 1/28/2013, 2:45 PM
@AsgardianGangsta Exactly. Fury has one agenda, his. He will do whatever he needs to do to promote it.
SuperSomething616 - 1/28/2013, 2:47 PM
Coulson's death was obviously a rouse by Fury and Coulson to...what was it Fury said:

'They needed the push'

This fits right in with Fury's character and how he manipulates the marvel super heroes and had done so for many years in the comics...so it's not a hard push to see Coulson return...
Eaglesman55 - 1/28/2013, 2:50 PM
I say that Coulson has an LMD of himself, as Stark mentioned in the Avengers. This will explain his participation in the show.
ManofSteel23 - 1/28/2013, 2:54 PM
they could set it before avengers but thats just abit weird
TheFirstAvenger97 - 1/28/2013, 2:57 PM
So wait ever changed the logo?
PeterParker1991 - 1/28/2013, 3:06 PM
Had high hopes for this show if it was a prequel to Avengers, which would've made sense, but setting it after with Coulson somehow alive... yeah no. Fail
BlueDemon - 1/28/2013, 3:09 PM
I bet this show is going to be awesome but I give it 2 seasons before it gets AXED.
Screw you TV executives:
RPD - 1/28/2013, 3:20 PM
Anybody who's having issues with Coulson being alive, especially since this is comic book stuff we're talking about here, is probably just a DC fan looking for something to complain about. Sorry, guys, Marvel rules...
Jollem - 1/28/2013, 3:22 PM
no, comics rule :)
JorLBola - 1/28/2013, 3:22 PM
Lol "The new adventures of the old Agent Phil"
comicle199 - 1/28/2013, 3:27 PM
totally agree im a great dc comics lover more so than marvel but bringing coulson back is a brilliant idea i mean its not really hard when you think of all the comic characters that have seemingly died and then been brought back somehow
hope we see abomination, the leader and some of the other villains and projects shield has locked away as cameos
skidz - 1/28/2013, 3:30 PM
Whedon will find some way to make it work so Couslon's death wasn't meaningless.
NoAssemblyReqd - 1/28/2013, 3:31 PM
I have no problem with Coulson still being alive. When the show comes out it will have been a year and a half since we saw him bite it in THE AVENGERS -- which is a bit longer than comic book characters stay dead nowadays ;-)
Runeblood - 1/28/2013, 3:33 PM
Skrull?
Optimus83 - 1/28/2013, 3:33 PM
obviusly. ...SHIELD is Agent Phil Coulson Show
LFANCH - 1/28/2013, 3:34 PM
I still think that the show will take place during phase one. Phase two isn't complete yet and you don't want to have to dance around a constantly changing continuity when making a television show. Setting the show in phase one gives them a clear cut timeline to work with and expand upon.
mowood28 - 1/28/2013, 3:51 PM
the one thing I like to remind people about The Avengers is that if you remember the scene after Coulson's death. Maria Hill says to Fury that she was going to send Paramedics, and Fury said, no. (he paused then said) they are already here. yet they were never called. Coulson"s body was gone and it was never mentioned, but Maria seemed surprised when Fury made his comment about them being there already.
niceguyeddie - 1/28/2013, 3:54 PM
Is it me or have we not heard a peep about Agent Sitwell. Coulson is the tops and Agent Sitwell is a close second as far as likeability. He did a fantastic job in "Item 47" and if he's not on the T.V. show, I hope he gets more face time in the movies.
jimoakley666 - 1/28/2013, 3:54 PM
Excited to see what the show is all about, and also, what minor superheros we'll get out of the show. It may be our introduction to Wakanda, MI13, maybe even characters like Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Hank Pym. You never know.
Oxbow - 1/28/2013, 4:00 PM
either coulson faked his death (mentioned already), or this takes place during and right before the events of the Avengers. Looks at all the people they passed up before seetling on the movie's roster.
ATrueHero1987 - 1/28/2013, 4:12 PM
Someone on this article has been semi-trolling articles all day. Idk what their problem is....anyway, I'm ready to see some set pics and ready to hear what the first episode is going to be about.
detseason - 1/28/2013, 4:13 PM
Has anyone considered the Coulson has been dead the entire time? I mean, pre-Iron Man 1? He's Shield's first life-model decoy, based on a real person who died well before the Marvel Movieverse started? Just a thought.
GodzillaKart - 1/28/2013, 4:28 PM
Hmmm. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
thorhulk77 - 1/28/2013, 4:44 PM
Looking forward to this, but did the logo change?
silverdog - 1/28/2013, 4:45 PM
they would not have put "the cards were on the locker" scene if they did not want to show that fury was using coulson´s "death" to manipulate the avengers.... cant wait to see how they explain it on the tv show.
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