After reading the description of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it instantly sounded like either/or X-Files and Fringe. But that’s OK by me! And yes, Agent Coulson LIVES! More on that in a bit, though I’d like to point out that the series takes place after events in The Avengers movie.
The series description of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. reads like this, via the press release:
“Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary.
Coulson’s team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) expert pilot and martial artist, Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker); brilliant engineer and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).
From Executive Producers Joss Whedon (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”); Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” pilot co-writers (“Dollhouse,” “Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”); Jeffrey Bell (“Angel,” “Alias”); and Jeph Loeb (“Smallville,” “Lost,” “Heroes”) comes Marvel’s first TV series. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television.”
Now, you’re probably wondering exactly how is it that Agent Coulson is leading a S.H.I.E.L.D. team when he was skewered in The Avengers movie by Loki?
When we watched Coulson die, I went off my sanity bucket. How could they kill off such a popular Marvel Cinematic Universe character? Could he possibly, by some mere chance, still be alive?
Back in Oct of 2012, my answer is a resounding yes, Agent Coulson could be alive! (Well, I was right. But does my guess, outlined below, fall in line with what they will say about it?)
My theory goes as follows:
1 – Sometime in the opening act of The Avengers, Tony Stark makes a reference to Life Model Decoys (LMD). They’re androids controlled by the owner or person they look like, to protect the person they’re standing in for.
2 – Later, during Hawkeye’s attack on the helicarrier, Fury tells Coulson to go to “the contingent section” of the weapons locker. Coulson goes and puts a code into a locker that’s as tall or taller than he is.
Later, Coulson shows up with a gun to shoot Loki with, but it ain’t that big! Or at least not as big as Coulson is tall.
When Fury is standing over his dying body, Fury says to “hold on,” Coulson says “This was never going to work if they didn’t have somethi…” He rudely died before finishing the sentence.
So I surmised it was an LMD of Coulson!
That’s my two cents worth of theory on how he survived the movie, to be in the TV series, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.!
Word on the street, and rightfully so, is that things will be explained in the show. Some theories include the plot of Fury’s to motivate the boys of The Avengers. And, wait for it, this seems lame, that “Coulson held his breath to look dead!” (Never mind a scepter skewering him.)
Other words on the street about the series is that this is about the people in S.H.I.E.L.D. organization, not the superheroes that exist in their world. There might be references, but nothing like solid, in-your-face appearances.
HEY FYI: This is a side note on a role Clark Gregg has been playing… Agent Coulson in the animated series, Ultimate Spider-Man. Go figure!
Can’t wait to see the show… How about you?