With the upcoming ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Joss Whedon has pledged to bring back a fan-favorite character who bit the dust in The Avengers. But how’s he doing it?
The folks over at /Film claim to have the answer, thanks to a tipster with some insight into the pilot episode that was recently co-written and directed by Whedon.
Set in the same universe as Marvel’s shared universe of films, the proposed series will follow Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) as he leads a team of agents to help combat threats that might not reach the level of assembling the Avengers.
But wasn’t Coulson fatally stabbed by Loki in The Avengers? It might’ve seemed that way, but we never actually saw the body, and now it sounds like Whedon has retconned the death via some sleight of hand by Nick Fury.
Here’s an excerpt from their report:
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.
Apart from delving into some type of resurrection scheme, faking his death is really about the only possible option. Is it a little silly? Sure, but it is conceivable that super-spy Fury would go to this length to make a rallying cry for the Avengers to get behind. As far as the stabbing, it sounds like the medics must’ve arrived in time to save him, apparently, which happened off-screen.
Of course, this is still classified as a rumor at this point, but makes as much sense as anything out there. If this is the answer, are you happy with it?