Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Clark Gregg Hopes Coulson Meets The Avengers Again

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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Clark Gregg, who first joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in movies like Iron Man and Marvel's The Avengers, says he hopes to cross paths with Earth's Mightiest Heroes again someday.

"Whether it's at the cinema or on the television, I hope at some point Phil Coulson gets to explain what he's been doing," Gregg told Digital Spy in a new interview.

While acknowledging that keeping the big guns segregated from S.H.I.E.L.D. somewhat was important at first to help the show carve out its own identity, Gregg has enjoyed the involvement of characters like Lady Sif and stressed that almost every Avenger has expressed a willingness to drop by during various interviews over the years.

Of course, not everybody agrees.

"As far as I’m concerned in the films, yes he’s dead," former Marvel Cinematic Universe custodian Joss Whedon -- who wrote Gregg's death in The Avengers and his resurrection in the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot -- said last year. "In terms of the narrative of [The Avengers] his loss was very important. When I created the television show, it was sort of on the understanding that this can work and we can do it with integrity, but these Avengers movies are for people to see the Avengers movies and nothing else. And it would neither make sense nor be useful to say ‘Oh and by the way remember me? I died!’”

That said, the Marvel Universe is no stranger to temporary, apparent or revoked deaths...even in the movies.

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  1. Unfortunately, the schism between Perlmutter in the TV division and Feige in the film division is starting to show in the product. Considering all that's happened in both storylines it's somewhat unrealistic to assume the Avengers haven't heard of SHIELD's recent exploits. Especially considering the Avengers have that whole facility, staffed by Fury and ex-SHIELD agents, it strains credulity to think they haven't, at the least, become aware of Coulson's status as director, or his team's activities over the past year -- i.e. the Inhuman threat, the incident at Afterlife, the ACTU, and their run-ins with SHIELD. Unfortunately, all this could have been remedied quite easily in Age of Ultron -- but Whedon didn't want to. Really, when Fury came to meet the team at Hawkeye's farm to give them intel, it should have been Coulson, or the two of them together. Then, they cut to the kitchen scene, and he's explained TAHITI, the new SHIELD, etc. -- and that would be that! It would have been tied up, neat and tidy, with a little bow. Now, unfortunately, it seems like there's no real organic opportunity to deal with the issue without either shoehorning it into a different movie, or just ignoring it altogether. Neither of which are preferable.

  2. LOL, this guy is really hoping for alot. He's NEVER gonna see another Marvel movie.

  3. Also, thematically, it would have made sense to bring Coulson back in AoU, since he was the team's catalyst in the first film. Having him appear in their darkest hour with Fury, would have brought that full circle.

  4. I agree, Coulson is set up to be a quite important character to just let slip in the movie like that. but maybe in Avengers 3 he will come back and help them, then  it actually will become a "full circle".

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    I'd say if you were going to do it you weave it into an aspect of the Civil War movie. Some members find out Coulson survived and suddenly there's another reason for distrust. Yet another reason to walk away if you feel betrayed.

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