Wade carefully eager minds, as this post contains massive spoilers for Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD pilot episode.
According to the first official reviews (which you’ll be glad to know are resoundingly positive), Agent Coulson’s return/resurrection/un-deadification was addressed in this first episode. It’s all a bit fishy, with only a few hints revealed, but Maria Hill’s comments are particularly suspicious.
Here’s a recap:
“They do some walking and talking and Coulson reveals that he had “only stopped breathing for 40 seconds” after his run in with the “Asgardian Mussolini” aka Loki in THE AVENGERS and that he had recovered for a few weeks in Tahiti. He’s aloof about the incident and plays it with the same Coulson humor we’ve all come to know and love. There’s also an underlying, almost romantic link between Coulson and Hill, which I’m not sure was intentional or not. Their “moment” is broken when a medical S.H.I.E.L.D. agent enters the scene and Coulson exits. The medical agent turns to Hill and says something to the effect of “He still doesn’t know, does he?” to which Hill responds that he “never can know.”
What doesn’t he know!!!???? Don’t tease us like this, Whedon!
I know this is how television works, but come on! This entire template is regurgitated, boring, and downright cruel. You create a mediocre mystery that could easily be explained in a few minutes of conversation, but instead milk it for all its worth across an entire season of episodes. And let’s just hope the confusion surrounding Coulson’s resurrection is limited to this season. Imagine if it were dragged on for the entire series?
For what it’s worth, I think the cause of Coulson’s longevity is either 1) he’s actually a robot, a Life Model Decoy to be precise OR 2) a really shady piece of technology or Asgardian magic has been used to resurrect him.
What do you think?