KAPOW '12: Joe Quesada Shares His Thoughts On Agent Coulson As Vision Rumors

Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada was in the UK this past weekend at the Kapow! Comic Convention, and talk soon turned to the fate of Agent Coulson. He also discusses the importance of Tony Stark to Marvel and reveals which studio holds the rights to Namor.

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By Josh Wilding - 5/21/2012

There has been a lot of talk recently about Marvel Studios bringing back Clark Gregg's Agent Coulson as the Vision after his tragic death at the hands of Loki in Marvel's The Avengers. It started off as a rumoured extra after-credits scene and soon took on a life of its own, with MTV even compiling a list featuring their thoughts on why they think it's a likely development in the history of the popular character who made his debut in 2008's Iron Man. During the Avengers Vs. X-Men panel on Sunday at the Kapow! Comic Convention in London, Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada had this to say when asked about the theory.

"The fans desire for him to become the Vision? I dunno man, it doesn't feel right. That's strictly just fan speak. I don't where that came from. I heard that for the first time yesterday. So, nah...no comment!"


He then went on to talk about making Coulson a part of the comic book universe and how that (and the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series) are a way of him being able to live on. As for the importance of Tony Stark, the panel (which also comprised of C.B Cebulski and Kieron Gillen) discussed how his role in the Marvel Universe has changed massively since both Civil War and the Iron Man movie. They acknowledged that he has become as popular as Spider-Man, and Quesada made it clear just how important the Armoured Avenger is to them.

"Iron Man is it. He's the icon. Everything revolves around Tony Stark for us right now. I think a part of the wonderful draw of The Avengers movie was that people wanted to see Downey go play that character. He's really beloved, so yes, he's very, very important to us."


On Saturday (during the Cup O' Joe panel) Quesada was also quizzed on how it was decided which characters belonged to the other studios when Marvel sold the rights to the likes of Spider-Man and the X-Men. He revealed that lists were made when they were sold, and that a character's first appearance often dictates which "family" they belong to. There are some exceptions he explained - for example, it was decided that the Kingpin was a Daredevil villain despite first appearing in an issue of The Amazing Spider-Man - and emphasised that it's a very complicated process. However, he did confirm that, to the best of his knowledge, the rights to Namor the Sub-Mariner are held by Marvel Studios. Quesada was unable to reveal which movies are on the way, but said that they are meeting soon and that there will be some very exciting announcements for fans, although the their main focus is on developing "tentpole" movies rather than those focusing on obscure characters.

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Wildaniel - 5/21/2012, 5:48 PM
RIP Coulson, lol. If he will not be Vision, then the Coulson who died was really a SKRULL!
Niuhll - 5/21/2012, 5:53 PM
I think it's more "We like Clark Gregg and we want more of him" which i do.
CorndogBurglar - 5/21/2012, 5:56 PM
I have to agree, I never really thought hom becoming vision sounded like a good idea.
testamentsol - 5/21/2012, 5:56 PM
First time I've actually agreed with Quesada. Why do ppl want Coulson to come back as Vision? What sense would tht even make? Life Model Decoy yes, but to come back as Vision is the dumbest thing I've ever heard!!
SymbioteSpidey1 - 5/21/2012, 5:56 PM
"Um, his first name is Agent"
nowtheresaBATman - 5/21/2012, 5:57 PM
@Wildaniel well if Storm shadow can come back to life....lol!
JatevinM - 5/21/2012, 5:58 PM
I prefer Coulson not being dead over him becoming the Vision.
Hardfelt - 5/21/2012, 5:59 PM
Exciting times for Marvel fans. It's a real balancing act getting some depth to the cinematic MU without losing the general public, but at the same time ensuring fans are well served. Namor has to be on the cards right? What about that Easter Egg in IM2? Ditto Black Panther.
sexfoodcomics - 5/21/2012, 6:00 PM
I still think he was a Shield Life Model Decoy. Stark said it in the beginning of the movie as a joke, and the fact that Hill knew the car where in Coulsons locker. It's totally a LMD!!!
MatioShack - 5/21/2012, 6:00 PM
I wouldn't put it past Nick Fury to sacrifice an LMD of Coulson to inspire the Avengers to fight together. They weren't exactly functioning well as a team prior to that and somebody had to do something. That's a good theory, testamentsol.
Toasty - 5/21/2012, 6:00 PM
I like the theory that Coulson didn't actually die but Fury made a cover up to "push" the team to become the avengers.
dahamma - 5/21/2012, 6:01 PM
Man he better come back some kinda way, he was more BOSS then Nick Fury! NOthing surprised coulson! ...well except cap..
Howlett - 5/21/2012, 6:02 PM
bullshit Coulson is too fat to play the Vision. If you want to see the Vision on screen you should go with a Michael Fassbender type of actor.
dahamma - 5/21/2012, 6:03 PM
OR!!! COulson could be a Robot!! Well the one that died, Im thinking about how Nick Fury ALWAYS have robots of himself!! maybe thats what happened...its a stretch though.
Mechagino - 5/21/2012, 6:03 PM
Namor is owned by Marvel studios, THANK YOU GOD!!! Let's hope we get a movie of him soon!
Fogs - 5/21/2012, 6:14 PM
They can use his looks for Vision, though.

But Paul Bettany would be better.
LAXtremest - 5/21/2012, 6:20 PM
I uh... I think he's just dead... Period. But they can spin the shit however they want. Going Friday to see it for a 6th time.
EarOne - 5/21/2012, 6:20 PM
Naaaa....i agree. Coulson died a hero. his sacrifice is what UNITES The Avengers in the end to fight the invasion. bringing him back would be cheap cater to his fans. NOT a good move, story wise.

as for Namor being owned by Marvel..include him in either Avengers 2 or 3. he'd make a powerful member/foe and an intriguing character.

just imagine..we'd finally get to see a Hulk-Namor duel on the big screen...ooh... oh, and add in Thor..i got shivers. CAN'T wait.

but, first and foremost, let's add the Maximoffs. Feige said, Marvel can use em, as long as there's NO mention of their mutant connection.
2gold - 5/21/2012, 6:20 PM
If he isn't revived as Ultron trying to emotional destroy the Avengers with an android with a resemblance to Agent Coulson then he must stay dead. Him being alive makes the first film just one big lie to fight and it makes it all pointless. This "Shield brings him back as Vision" is just waayy too much of a change from Vision. Of course, if it isn't Coulson then never use Vision. Because Wonder Man sucks and the only good to come out of him is his death.
LAXtremest - 5/21/2012, 6:22 PM
Of done right, a Namor movie could be intense.
marvel72 - 5/21/2012, 6:22 PM
i don't want coulson as the vision,just use the john hammond android from captain america.

coulson could still be alive if they say that it was a lmd & not agent coulson.
Turtlestrong - 5/21/2012, 6:24 PM
Im telling ya', he's going to be in Thor 2. In Val Halla (SP?) after dying a warriors death!

Really though, he had a good run. Maybe just maybe there is a clever way to give him some more screen time, like flashbacks or other ties to the past for some character or plot device.
Howlett - 5/21/2012, 6:26 PM
if Coulsons death was just a ploy to inspire the Avengers to fight as a team then it's cheap as shit.
xinstituto - 5/21/2012, 6:30 PM
keep him dead and bring more characters, bringing him back to life would mess with too much chracters at screen
m0th3r - 5/21/2012, 6:37 PM
not dead...keep saying... #FURYLIES
CorndogBurglar - 5/21/2012, 6:41 PM
@ goomba

While I agree that fans let their imaginations run wild, I have to say its a little ridiculous to base your theorh of him being dead around the name of a weapon in a Facebook game. Especially when the game is meant to add to the movie amd there is no way in hell they would lead anyone to believe that Coulson is actually alive through some game like that one.

OdinsBeard - 5/21/2012, 6:49 PM
Wonder how quicksilver and scarlet witch ended up in two places... To much to hope for that Dr doom did as well???? :) ... Nah...
nld3 - 5/21/2012, 6:49 PM
Coulson is dead face it! Will the Media drop it now! Or we going to hear this until Marvel are forced to make him return like the Media would let Khan thing go in Star Trek.
nld3 - 5/21/2012, 6:55 PM
Ii can't stand this fanboy recycle crap. I guess no one can really die in the comic universe. How cheap to bring him back. Bring on new stuff!
vtopa - 5/21/2012, 6:55 PM
Coulson as Vision is a Fanboy wet dream and NOTHING MORE! Quit dreaming people. HE'S DEAD DEAD DEAD.

Now, J.A.R.V.I.S. (Paul Bettany) becoming Vision is a great idea. Increase his presence and role in IM3 and then let him loose in Avengers 2.
masterhater - 5/21/2012, 6:59 PM
I would love to find out Coulson was a LMD and to see him return as the Vision. But I dont think its gonna happen.
marvelstudios - 5/21/2012, 7:06 PM
vision's origin story good from what ive learnt on this site. as much as i enjoyed coulson, he cant come back as the vision. he should stay dead, coz then the threat our heroes face seem credible. i hope that in one of the upcoming avengers, one of the avengers die to make it look like a real threat. this can also pave the way for other characters
superotherside - 5/21/2012, 7:08 PM
Doesn't matter if they have Gregg comes back as Vision or not. He just needs to come back. :D I don't mind him being Vision or him not being Vision. I just want him back. And I also want Vision.

Weather Gregg comes back or not Vision is a must for Avengers 2!
tantyangulo - 5/21/2012, 7:18 PM
Just my 2 cents... Coulson might be the voice and the overall character base for Ultron. That might be the way they continue to use him...
JatevinM - 5/21/2012, 7:21 PM
I just want more Son of Coul
fwg22392 - 5/21/2012, 7:23 PM
Anyone who wants Coulson to be Vision is just stupid. Same with the people who want an Ant Man or Namor solo movie. Who exactly is Ant Man gonna fight besides his wife? (Too much? lol)
dmadtroll - 5/21/2012, 7:30 PM
HERE WE GO AGAIN. THEY'RE THINKING THAT RDJ/IRONMAN is the center. well. f ironman. xD i watched the movie to SEE THE TEAM, TO SEE CAP LEAD THE TEAM, TO SEE THEM FIGHT WITH THE HULK, TO MAKE TEAMWORK. my GOD. i've had enough of this rdj bullshit. xD
TheHydraTakeover - 5/21/2012, 7:36 PM
I'm pretty convienced that the Coulson that died in The Avengers was a LMD. But then again, the Coulson, LMD or not, was accually bleeding, but not as much as he would in reality.
JackSass - 5/21/2012, 7:46 PM
well hell...

Well personally I am STILL loving the idea of seeing Vision in a movie!

Hell's bells! They could do an Avengers where Vision and Scarlett Witch become an item and with Ultron as a villain! booyah
VinzClortho - 5/21/2012, 7:50 PM
Why can't could on just be dead???
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