As you well know, New York Comic Con is underway. A few hours ago Marvel held their television panel where they talked about Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, Hulk and the Agents of SMASH, oh and they said Coulson was alive!
During the panel Clark Gregg came out under the pretenses of Ultimate Spider-Man, where he regularly stars as Coulson who is the principal of Spidey’s school. After promoting his new indie film, Trust Me, and Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, he was treated to a reel of Coulson film highlights ending in “Agent Phil Coulson 1969-2012.” By all accounts Gregg was touched and may have shed a tear. He addressed the crowd:
I grew up loving comics. One of the greatest things about it is that I got to connect with people like you, so thank you for being apart of it.
The crowd erupted into chants of COULSON! COULSON! Gregg asked if anybody had heard about Life Model Decoys, Vision, the tesseract, or how the UK version of The Avengers edited out the blade coming out of Coulson’s chest, clearly looking for explanations on how he was still alive. After Jeph Loeb said Coulson wasn’t Tinkerbell and couldn’t be brought to life like that, Joss Whedon himself appeared on screen:
We all love Clark Gregg, there’s no doubt about that. 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.
Kevin Feige then jumped in saying there was never going to be a S.H.I.E.L.D. show without Coulson. Feige was decked out in a Coulson Lives shirt as well. Whedon then announced that Coulson would be headlining the S.H.I.E.L.D. show and always was. As you can imagine, Gregg walked offstage to a thunderous applause.
So there you have it, Clark Gregg’s Agent Phil Coulson is the first confirmed member of the TV show by Whedon. Now I’m not going to get my hopes up just yet, the show could be set prior to The Avengers or even have Coulson flashbacks. What do you think? Should Coulson even come back? How do you think that will work?
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