According to Comic Book Resources, the Marvel Television panel at New York Comic Con has broken some interesting news about the cast of its upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D TV series, which is currently under developmental by The Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon for ABC.
Actor Clark Gregg who, as Agent Coulson, starred in nearly every Marvel movie starting with Iron Man and ending with his (apparent) death The Avengers, made a surprise appearance at the panel to talk about his time in the Marvel Movie Universe. He was soon joined (via video) by Joss Whedon who had something to say about it as well.
“We all love Clark Gregg, there’s no doubt about that,” Whedon said. “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.”
“There was never going to be a ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ show without Agent Phil Coulson!” said Feige, who appeared behind Whedon, wearing a COULSON LIVES shirt.
“He’s headlining the S.H.I.E.L.D. show and always was.” said Whedon.
Loeb confirmed Clark Gregg is the first member cast in Whedon’s “S.H.I.E.L.D.”
This, of course, begs the obvious question of ‘how?’ Gregg offered one suggestion:
“I just want to say because I won’t have another chance to ask this — ‘Have you heard of a Life Model Decoy?'” asked Coulson. “I don’t know if you’ve read the theories from the people on Twitter, but there’s this guy called the Vision. I don’t know if you saw the UK version of the DVD, but the blade wasn’t coming out of his chest. There’s a tesseract!
That sounds more like fanboy baiting than an actual account of how his character will return, but Whedon will certainly have to pull some kind of a rabbit out of his hat to make Coulson’s revival believable.