Agent Phil Coulson Will Front Joss Whedon’s SHIELD TV Series

POTENTIAL SPOILERS BELOW (for the two or three of you who have yet to see “The Avengers”)

Despite having bitten the big one at the hands of the evil Loki in Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers”, SHIELD agent Phil Coulson (played by Clark Gregg) is alive and well — and what’s more, he’ll be fronting Whedon and Marvel’s new SHIELD TV show (currently going under the title “Marvel’s SHIELD”).

The announcement was made during Marvel’s panel at New York Comic Con, where Whedon and Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige themselves made the announcement about Coulson’s resurrection and Gregg’s involvement in the “SHIELD” TV show:

“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].

“He’s headlining the S.H.I.E.L.D. show and always was,” said Whedon.

So there you have it. “SHIELD” the TV series will feature Gregg in, apparently, the Samuel L. Jackson role (mind you, not that he’s playing Nick Fury, but in the same vein as Nick Fury — i.e. the boss … at least until they bring Jackson in for a cameo or two, which is not entirely impossible).

This does lessen the impact of Coulson’s heroic death somewhat in “The Avengers”, but anyone who has spent any amount of time around comic books know that no one ever stays dead in comics. Why should the movies based on them be any different? After all, how many people are coming back from the dead in the upcoming “Captain America” sequel? And didn’t Loki die at the end of “Thor”? You get the idea.

You know who is really happy about Coulson’s return? This little lady:

Via : CBR