Ever since Agent Coulson’s tear-jerking (well… Maybe that’s an exaggeration) death scene in last summer’s The Avengers, fans have been speculating to no end about whether his death was actually faked or whether he really died. For the first few months most fans didn’t believe the scene and figured he’d be back sooner or later, possibly as the Vision. However, at New York Comic-Con last year Kevin Feige and Joss Whedon took to the stage to reveal that Clark Gregg would return as Agent Coulson and lead the brand new Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. show, starting this Fall.
So since then no one’s really known how he’ll come back. Re-built as a robot? Life Model Decoy? A pure fake? If you guessed the last one, you might be right. /Film have got the scoop on how he really did survive a stab from Loki…
In the pilot, it’s revealed Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), the ultimate super spy, faked Agent Coulson’s death on purpose to motivate The Avengers. Some S.H.I.E.L.D. members were in on it (including, possibly, Maria Hill played by Cobie Smulders) but The Avengers were not. Their security clearance wasn’t high enough. Coulson was forced to hold his breath as part of the ruse and that’s a point of contention among his colleagues After the fact, Fury moved him to a remote location until things died down, and then he was reinserted into duty at the time of the show.
While it’s a bit of a cop-out, I do still like it; plus, it progresses both Coulson’s and Fury’s characters a whole lot more. What do you think? Are you excited to see Agent Coulson return in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Share your thoughts below!