So we should all know by now that Clark Gregg’s character, Agent Coulson, bit the proverbial dust in The Avengers. But soon afterwards, we were treated with the news that he would make his return in Agents of SHIELD, a brand new television series that will take place in the Marvel cinematic universe, but with much more focus on the human efforts against cosmic threats and general villainy.
But wait, how does one un-die in order to shoot a TV show pilot that will run concurrently with the onslaught of Marvel comic movies that are slated to come out every year? By holding your breath, of course.
Here’s a bit of spoiler for you, courtesy of Slashfilm.
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.
Sure, the bit where it says that he was “forced to hold his breath as part of the ruse” sounds like it shouldn’t be taken literally, but if that was all it took to fake his death, I wouldn’t be surprised. There are far more ridiculous and convoluted ideas that had been hatched to bring back dead characters in the past and it’s somewhat comforting to see how the Marvel cinematic universe is starting to become a mirror image of their comic counterpart. That is not to say that the idea is not disconcerting, but it’s drawing more of a shrug and sigh from me. So far, the goods have outweighed the bad by a large margin and any excuse to bring back Agent Coulson can be forgiven personally because I’m fond of the character.
Besides, were any one of us ever going to be satisfied with any explanation? Probably not. Bring on more Joss Whedon goodness.
Written by Daniel Lee