Clark Gregg attempts to answer the question about Coulson’s survival after events of The Avengers.
Marvel fans were a little skeptical when Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was announced as a television series, especially after it was confirmed that Clark Gregg would be returning to S.H.I.E.L.D. as Agent Coulson. However, Agent Coulson did not survive the events of The Avengers, so how in the heck is he back?
Gregg himself attempted to answer the question recently in an interview with Zap2It. “”He’s an android. I’m lying, I’m lying! He’s the Vision. He’s a Life Model Decoy,” Gregg jokes, referencing some of the fan-created theories for his continued existence. But then he turned serious, “No he’s not. I don’t know if he is. I don’t know 100 percent the answer to this so I can’t even spoil it, but this was a big concern of mine because I’m an ‘Avengers‘ fan. I’ve been reading the comics. I love that whole world, and I loved what Joss did with Agent Coulson.”
Gregg also added that he was torn about taking on the role again because of the mystery behind his apparent survival. “When they called and said, you know, ‘We want to bring this guy back for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,’ I was honestly torn, a little wary. When Joss kind of explained what we start to find out in the pilot, and a mystery still remains that I think will kind of carry through, I was instantly in.”
Obviously, Whedon has a plan and he’ll show it to us when he’s ready. My initial thought was that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. takes place before events in The Avengers, but I believe that’s already been debunked. But I’d like to hear your theories on how Coulson survives. Let me know in the comments.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres on ABC this fall.