With Marvel's The Avengers having its embargoed world premiere last week, it's no surprise that details have started to leak out. More surprisingly, it seems a beloved member of the team might not make it to the end. Major spoilers ahead!
All right, this one is a doozy. The folks over at Comic Book Movie figured out a loophole by which they could post their Avengers review early (the author is apparently a freelancer), and it seems a member of Nick Fury's (Samuel L. Jackson) S.H.I.E.L.D. squad meets a bitter end at Loki's hand, which inspires the disparate team to band together for the good of the world.
Seriously, if you don't want to be spoiled, look away now. Also, cue the obligatory "Ha! I knew Joss Whedon would find a way to kill someone! He always does!" joke now.
Per this review, Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) is allegedly stabbed, and killed, by Loki. Coulson has had bit parts in nearly every recent Marvel movie, and the death comes as a pretty big shock.
Giving even more weight to the spoiler, the report seems to fit with some recent comments made by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige about a surprise death they've managed to keep under wraps until now. Oddly enough, it seems J.J. Abrams' recent Star Trek reboot inspired the decision.
"We wanted the audience to understand the stakes and not just assume because it's a franchise, no one will ever get hurt," Feige told the Toronto Sun. "So I was watching J.J. Abrams' Star Trek movie—and I'm a big Star Trek nerd so this may have hit me more than other people—but when they killed Spock's mom, I was like, 'We have to do that!'"
Again, nothing's official until we see it ourselves, but this seems pretty solid. So, there you go. But hey, at least it seems like Coulson is ... avenged (pun intended).
Sound off: What do you think about Coulson (allegedly) biting the dust?