Clark Gregg's ‘Agent Coulson’ Confirmed To Live Again On Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Series

In rather surprising news, it's been officially announced that actor Clark Gregg will somehow reprise the role of Marvel's The Avengers late Agent Coulson, on Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D. series!

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 10/13/2012
During today's Marvel Television panel at New York Comic-Con, which is still underway, the Head of Television for Marvel, Jeph Loeb, announced that Marvel's The Avengers late fan-favorite S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent, Phil Coulson, will live again! Backed by Clark Gregg himself, Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige and director Joss Whedon appeared in a video where they confirmed that Gregg will surely reprise the role in the planned S.H.I.E.L.D. series with ABC.

“We all love Clark Gregg, there's no doubt about that,” Whedon said. “From before we made 'The Avengers,' we discussed whether there was a way for him to be a part of the Marvel Universe, perhaps a part of a TV show even after his death. … The fact of the matter is, as much as we love him, now that I'm really running Marvel, I like to keep a type of artistic integrity, which means we don't stretch the bounds of reality.” Marvel producer Kevin Feige added that, “There was never going to be a 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' show without Agent Phil Coulson!” “He's headlining the S.H.I.E.L.D. show and always was.” said Whedon.

For the full panel's coverage, head over to Comic Book Resources. This news comes as a surprise, considering all of the outlandish fan-made possibilities that'd allow Coulson's revival, which Clark Gregg has modestly dismissed. Anyhow, Gregg is the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot's first cast member, with details revealed earlier this month for five other characters that'll appear. And it's also unclear how exactly Agent Phil Coulson will be revived, whether it's as a life model decoy or if the series will be a prequel to the events of Marvel's The Avengers. But what do you think?

Last month, Joss Whedon said the series will be adjacent to the Marvel cinematic universe, but is structured so that it deals with agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. who are “the humans in a superhero world and how they deal with that and how it makes them vulnerable.” Whedon penned the pilot with his brother, Jed Whedon & his wife Maurissa Tancharoen. And the trio will also executive produce the pilot with Jeffrey Bell and Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb.




In addition to “Marvel's The Avengers” sequel on May 1, 2015, Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including “Iron Man 3” on May 3, 2013; “Thor: The Dark World ” on November 8, 2013; “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on April 4, 2014; and “Guardians of the Galaxy” on August 1, 2014.

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DaenerysTargaryen - 10/13/2012, 1:58 PM
Faith restored in SHIELD. COULSON!
StarSpangledBruce - 10/13/2012, 1:59 PM
Yus.
Hellsing - 10/13/2012, 2:00 PM
if they do revive him some how then I think that takes a whole lot away from the Avengers his death was pretty significant. Coulson essentially brought the Avengers together for real. I'm hoping it just means that the series well the first season is set before the Avengers. But hey its Whedon at the helm so no matter what its going to be fun
StarSpangledBruce - 10/13/2012, 2:03 PM
Coulson will live on...in flashbacks.
DukeAcureds - 10/13/2012, 2:05 PM
But...
CorronZenith30 - 10/13/2012, 2:09 PM
Good, but wait... Huh?
jazzman - 10/13/2012, 2:17 PM
most be flashback scene
nuclearpriest - 10/13/2012, 2:26 PM
Wha...? you mean you didn't know that Phil Coulson has an identical twin brother, Bill, who also works for S.H.I.E.L.D? I thought everyone knew that.
KryptoniteSmoker - 10/13/2012, 2:26 PM
It'll either be set before avengers (for the pilot at least) or it'll be flashbacks. They know his death was too important to just reverse it a few months later.
DukeAcureds - 10/13/2012, 2:27 PM
Battlin'Jack@ I could roll with that.
DukeAcureds - 10/13/2012, 2:28 PM
Better not be Vision. Vision is Jim Hammond. MCU is not infallable.
KryptoniteSmoker - 10/13/2012, 2:28 PM
Actually, for all we know this show could take place alongside all the previous movies sort of like "what was SHIELD doing during iron man? where else did they go during thor? Whatever happened to Kat Dennings stolen iPod? All this an more revealed on Marvel's SHIELD.
StarkAnthony - 10/13/2012, 2:32 PM
??? They better not just make him alive somehow. It would be cheap
nowtheresaBATman - 10/13/2012, 2:32 PM
haHA of course.... the speared Coulson was the LMD to begin with.
Extremis - 10/13/2012, 2:32 PM
hell yeah!bring it on marvel
DEATHbyEXILE - 10/13/2012, 2:33 PM
Sortis - 10/13/2012, 2:33 PM
95 - 10/13/2012, 2:38 PM
Now I'll probably watch. Clark Gregg is so likable. He's the SHIELD agent.
Ranger14 - 10/13/2012, 2:39 PM
I have said it numerous times here. They wanted us to believe Coulson died and for the Avengers to think so. It doesn't necessarily mean he did. Fury is crafty and not always the most upfront and honest guy. It's not like the first time we thought someone died in a show or film and in a sequel or later episode we find out that is not the case.
JordanKing - 10/13/2012, 2:40 PM
Whedon - "I like to keep a type of artistic integrity, which means we don't stretch the bounds of reality."

Vision? Pfft. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
DioFoRio - 10/13/2012, 2:40 PM
this will be before avengers before Ironman 1 even. It will be a prequel.
MisterMagurlypse - 10/13/2012, 2:43 PM
This will be pre-Avengers and no LMD. The actual man Phil Coulson.
He's NOT going to be the Vision.

Again, no LMD or Vision. Swallow the pill, everyone!
poop23 - 10/13/2012, 2:48 PM
So we're getting this and a Hulk series?
thewonderer - 10/13/2012, 2:49 PM
@Ranger

It lessens any impact the moment had, not that it had much to begin with.

What he comes back and LOL you're still alive the team goes? No, keep him dead and he probably still is.

Like others have said, this doesn't have to take place after Avengers
jessepostal - 10/13/2012, 2:52 PM
I hope old Christine shows up for an episode or ten. They worked great together and she's still fn sexy
Dunejedi - 10/13/2012, 2:52 PM
@Ranger14 Totally agree, they've left it open that Fury could've just been manipulating the situation. It's not a stretch to imagine him still alive. More than Fury, Coulson is the character that bridges all the MCU flicks, he's the perfect choice to head the SHIELD show. A prequel would be the best bet, though. To establish the agency a bit before all the fireworks. I'm not even worried about the whole Vision angle, either. The idea's too lame and not at all Whedons style.
BigDamnHero - 10/13/2012, 2:52 PM
Hmmm... I have split opinions about this. On one side, Coulson and Gregg, are both awesome! On the other side, the character really should stay dead, and I was hoping it'd be set after the events of The Avengers. But meh, we'll see!
spidey1994 - 10/13/2012, 2:53 PM
Coulson's back!!!! :D
TheRationalOne - 10/13/2012, 2:55 PM
Just so we're clear, I called the prequel idea over a month ago in another post about Gregg coming back. I'm sure I'm not the only one who thought about it...but I'm just sayin.
jimpinto24 - 10/13/2012, 2:55 PM
That's great!
Mystery - 10/13/2012, 2:59 PM
yas!!
dopemaster - 10/13/2012, 3:06 PM
headlining means he wont just be in flashbacks, right?
PaulRom - 10/13/2012, 3:11 PM
Either this takes place before Avengers, or the Coulson killed was actually a Life Model Decoy. Still, more Coulson is terrific news.
TheRealEnrico - 10/13/2012, 3:16 PM
How many times does Marvel has to tell you people that their tv shows are not going to part of the MCU.

Their tv shows are and will not be connected to the movies!


Rhys - 10/13/2012, 3:19 PM

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TheRealEnrico - 10/13/2012, 3:22 PM
The tv show will not tie into the movies. Marvel has said this from the jump.

The show might follow the a similar brand and play close to the movie cannon but they will never tie in.

They are two completely different universes. A Marvel TV Universe and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Yawl need to get up to date on this stuff.
TheRealEnrico - 10/13/2012, 3:26 PM
My point is that they're not going to be bringing Agent Phil Coulson back from the dead if he has never died in their original tv series.

This Coulson would have never died in the first place.

Get it right.
SuperDude001 - 10/13/2012, 3:51 PM
Well as we've all already thought it's either before the Avengers or some other method. Tbh I don't mind if they actually revive Coulson, but its got to be a way that is surely important and believeable, and not just a poor revival like he's a robot or something cause that'd ruin the Avengers formation and the character of Coulson.
Whatever the case I believe Whedon will handle it right.
AND COOOUUULLLSOOON!!!!!!!!
SuperDude001 - 10/13/2012, 3:54 PM
TheRealEnrico @ I thought the non-tying idea was for the TV shows planned before the Avengers? Like the Hulk one? Also why would they get Whedon to do the show if it's not tied into the MCU?
DarkGrifter - 10/13/2012, 3:54 PM
@yoss
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