Return of Phil Coulson in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D revealed?

The return of Phil Coulson revealed?

If you’re one of the 99.9% that has seen The Avengers, then you know that fan-favorite Phil “Agent” Coulson died at the hands of Loki. Many fans theorized that Agent Coulson would return but as the android Vision. Instead, we found out that Gregg was cast in Marvel’s new TV series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as none other than Phil Coulson, this led to even more questions, such as: Does this take place before The Avengers? (Nope, doesn’t take place before.) Was Phil Coulson a Life Model Decoy in The Avengers? (Life Model Decoys were mentioned by Stark in The Avengers, but the answer is no).

Many speculated but we wouldn’t know the real reason until the show inevitably airs on ABC. Turns out the folks at Slash Film have found out the reason why Coulson is alive. If you ask me, it seems a little underwhelming but judge for yourself.

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.

I’m not surprised about the cover up though. The scene where Maria Hill told Nick Fury that the bloodied Captain America cards were not in his jacket but in his locker, made it very obvious this was a ruse by Nick Fury to push these superheroes to team up. So to me this really isn’t all that shocking.

There is one thing that makes all this seem ridiculous to me. Are you meaning to tell me that Phil Coulson was asked to hold his breath as part of the cover-up? Did the conversation end up being, “Listen Phil, I know you’ve just been impaled by a spear, but would you mind just holding your breath for a while and pretending you’re dead until the medics leave?” The explanation seems a bit underwhelmed, like I said, so I hope this isn’t true. If it is true, I have enough faith in Joss Whedon to figure out a way to make it work. It’s just I feel the explanation could’ve worked without this bit.

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