Marvel Cinematic Universe: Not as connected as you think

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Don’t get your hopes up to see Agent Coulson make a return to the Marvel movies anytime soon. According to Joss Whedon in an interview with Buzzfeed, when it comes to Age of Ultron, Coulson is still dead.

As fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) will recall, Coulson was stabbed by Loki in The Avengers. Furry used this tragedy to rally the Avengers to a common cause. However, in the ABC series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Whedon brought Coulson back to life through the use of highly questionable moral and ethical medical procedures that included using a drug made from the blood of a Kree. After Hydra rose and caused S.H.I.E.L.D to fall in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Furry gave Coulson the “toolbox” to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D and made him the Director. Since then, Coulson and his team have been fighting Hydra and solving the mystery of the Inhumans.

Despite all of this, according to an article on CinemaBlend, Whedon told Buzzfeed that bringing Coulson back didn’t make sense. Whedon says, “As far as I’m concerned, in this movie, Coulson’s dead. If you come back in the sequel and say Coulson’s alive, it’s like putting ******* John Gielgud in the sequel to Arthur. It mattered that he’s gone. It’s a different world now. And you have to run with that.”

He is, of course, right that it mattered that he was gone since that is what ultimately lead to the Avengers coming together as a team. However, it seems like this may be giving the message that the two universes (TV and Film) aren’t as connected as we thought. Especially since Coulson has interacted with movie characters such as Maria Hill and Lady Sif on the show.

Granted, bringing Coulson back in the movies may not make much sense to those who don’t watch the show, but that doesn’t seem like a good enough reason. If anything it seems like that would cause people to start watching the show which would bring more ratings and grow the viewership.

To be fair, it seems like, in part, this is not 100% Whedon’s decision. Marvel executives and story lines seem to add limitations to what is done and how the TV universe interacts with the Film universe. For example, before Whedon shot any of the pilot for “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”, he knew that S.H.I.E.L.D would fall in Winter Soldier.

“A lot of people who aren’t connected with the show were like, Oh, yeah, you have to have this guest star, and you have to work around this.” Whedon said as he explained the relationship between the TV and Film universes. “Sometimes, it makes your head spin. I mean, it’s hard enough when they’re like, And by the way, in Iron Man 4, he’s going to be played by Linda Hunt as a human spider. And you’re like, Oh, OK! I guess I’ll have to work that in.”

In the interview, Whedon teased a bit of Age of Ultron in which Scarlet Witch uses her mind reading powers to create “hallucinogenic dreams” where their most haunting pain is brought to the surface. With this in mind, and seeing how badly The Battle of New York effected Tony Stark in Iron Man 3, one can speculate that other Avengers will be reliving the battle, and maybe even Coulson’s death. The one event that brought them together in that battle was the death of Coulson so I can see why it may not make much sense to include Coulson this time around, but the implication that we may not be see Coulson in the movies at all is a little troubling.

Only time will tell how the TV and Film universes will continue to interact. With The Avengers: Age of Ultron being released this week, we will get to see how Marvel and Whedon have decided to handle S.H.I.E.L.D in the aftermath it’s downfall in the movies and how it is related to or differs from the TV series. Marvel hasn’t let us down yet so here’s to hoping they don’t start now.

Do you think it makes sense to keep Coulson out of the movies or do you think it messes up the continuity? Keep the conversation going in the comments below.

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