S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Clark Gregg teases Coulson's return from the dead

The Marvel universe is headed to the small screen this fall, and one of the most intriguing aspects of Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. series is that it will bring beloved agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) back to life.

As most fans know, the longtime agent (apparently) met his untimely demise at the hand of Loki in The Avengers, which inspired the team to come together and face off with the invading alien army. But then once the proposed ABC series came together, we learned that Gregg would be front and center, which set fans frothing at the mouth to find out how Coulson lives.

Gregg didn’t spill the exact details, but did tease how long fans will have to wait to learn how Coulson survived the seemingly fatal stabbing by Loki. Plus, he reveals the conversation he had with Whedon when he first learned they were bringing Coulson back to life.

Here’s an excerpt from his interview with Collider:

“I’ve been so happy and living this geek fantasy as they kept adding Agent Coulson to everything including The Avengers and then gave him this magnificent, almost Shakespearean death scene, and I found out on that day how much I loved this guy and had come to identify with him partly because of the way fans responded to him, and also because he had such a great niche in those movies.  He got to be funny, he got to be, in this case, heroic.  And then I got to say good-bye to him, and it was a very emotional day.  And yet I feel what Joss did with that was a fantastic conclusion of the character.

And even though my friends at Marvel said, ‘You know, we spent a lot of time talking about how Coulson lives, and we know that there’s a movement out there, and there are t-shirts and people paint on bridges ‘Coulson Lives’, we’re going to bring you back’, and it’s one of the many things people tell you that never ever happens.  And then I get this call from Joss saying, ‘Well…there’s a script. And here’s what we’re thinking, and it’s after The Avengers, and here’s the concept.’ By the time Joss finished telling me, I was in ... After people see the show, they’ll have some clue as to why I’m still there, still breathing. But I don’t think they’ll know everything.”

Though ABC is keeping mum on the S.H.I.E.L.D. series, it’s expected to debut at some point this fall. How do you think they’ll bring back Coulson?

(Via Collider)