Is Clark Gregg destined to return as Agent Phil (“His first name is Agent”) Coulson in the upcoming “SHIELD” TV series?
Those newsy guys and gals at Comic Book Resources are reporting that Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel’s TV unit, and Joss Whedon, “Avengers” director and Marvel movie and TV universe consultant, took the stage (the latter via video) at New York Comic Con and announced that Clark Gregg would be part of the upcoming “SHIELD” TV series:
“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.”
Gregg was on hand too.
Assuming this wasn’t some kind of joke that was misinterpreted, it’s pretty cool news. As everyone who saw “The Avengers” knows, Coulson – who had small roles in most of the Marvel movies leading up to “The Avengers” – died by Loki’s hand in the movie.
His death gave the Avengers something to avenge.
Despite an on-stage reference – which might have been a joking one – to Life Model Decoys (lifelike robots developed by SHIELD in the comics and mentioned by Tony Stark in “The Avengers”), we’re left wondering how Coulson will return in the “SHIELD” TV series.
Did he not really die at Loki’s hand in “The Avengers?” If so, that kind of cheapens his death.
Will the TV series be set before the events of “The Avengers?” If so … not another prequel.
Will Coulson be a hologram, something like the hologram doctor in “Star Trek: Voyager?”
Or will Phil be reborn as the Vision, the android Avenger?
We’ve already seen this cool fan-made sculpture of Gregg as the Vision, and we’ve noted here before that “The Avengers” seems to hint at Coulson being the Vision. Remember the whole “cellist girlfriend” thing? Remember how Ain’t It Cool noted that Vision’s wife in the comics, Scarlet Witch, is a cellist?
Here’s to some more news, and soon.