Phil Coulson is back as the lead character in ABC’s S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series

Well that didn’t last long! At New York Comic-Con today it was announced that Clark Gregg would reprise his role of Agent Phil Coulson in the planned S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series. Clark Gregg appeared at the panel with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and nerd god/director Joss Whedon appearing in a video where they confirmed that Gregg would reprise the role in the planned S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series.

Whedon said, “We all love Clark Gregg, there’s no doubt about that, 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. He’s headlining the S.H.I.E.L.D. show and always was.”.

Marvel producer Kevin Feige added that, “There was never going to be a ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ show without Agent Phil Coulson!”

With Clark Gregg headlining the show, we now have our first cast member for ABC’s S.H.I.E.L.D. series. I am personally mixed on this decision, as I’m a huge Phil Coulson fan. He was the everyday man that the audience connected with, and seeing him die in the Avengers was something that saddened most of the audience in theaters. Seeing him live again, although it was never really shown he was truly dead, sort of cheapens the fact that he was the sacrifice that the Avengers was fighting for. It’s going to be interesting to see just how the series explains how Agent Coulson returns in the show.

One thing is clear though; Clark Gregg loves working with Kevin Feige and Marvel. He would be working for Marvel Studios in one-way or the other. In an interview after the release of the Avengers, Clark Gregg has stated that with his characters death he doesn’t know just how his character would come back. One thing he did want to do though was work with Marvel Studios again in either a directorial or producer role. Well Clark, you don’t have to be behind the scenes since you will now be the lead character in your own TV show. Welcome back, Agent Coulson.

Source: Comic Book Resources

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