Did you like Clark Gregg’s role as Agent Coulson in Marvel’s The Avengers? Apparently, so did the people who made the film because Marvel just announced at New York Comic Con that the once-dead character is returning, somehow, to star in the upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. television series.
It all happened during the “Marvel Television Presents” panel which started at 4:15 Saturday, which was moderated by Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb and featured actors dressed as S.H.I.E.L.D. agents lining doors, Loeb introduced a “Marvel mash-up” video showing highlights from various Marvel animated television efforts before segueing a video in memoriam of the Agent Coulson character, showing highlights from his “best moments” on screen.
After that, actor Clark Gregg (who played the role of Coulson) took to the stage with a noticeable tear in his eye.
“I grew up loving comics,” Gregg told the packed house. “One of the greatest things about it is that I got to connect with people like you, so thank you for being apart of it.”
Gregg then went on a tangent of sorts, asking the audience if they’d heard of Marvel’s “Life Model Decoys.” Gregg then went on to mention the online theories that Coulson could return in the role of Vision, or possibly via the tesseract from Marvel’s The Avengers.
Interjecting in this conversation via video, Marvel’s The Avengers director Joss Whedon spoke from the heart about Gregg and his place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“We all love Clark Gregg,” Whedon said in the pre-recorded video. “Before we even made The Avengers, we discussed if there was a way for him to be a part of the Marvel Universe, maybe even a TV show, 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.”
Marvel Studios’ President of Production Kevin Feige then enters the screen wearing a “Coulson Lives” shirt, similar to the stickers seen around New York this week, and states bluntly, “There was never going to be a ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ show without Agent Phil Coulson!”
And Whedon confirms it, stating Gregg-as-Colson will be “headlining” the upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. television show announced earlier this year.
More on this as it develops.