The Avengers opened with the biggest box office ever for a domestic release of a film, so now we start the discussion of what happens next. And to do that, if you haven’t seen the movie yet and don’t want to be spoiled, we need you to leave this page.
(But seriously, you’re on a website called “Nerd Bastards” and clicked on a page that has the words “Spoiler” and “Avengers” it, and you’re thinking “I don’t want to be spoiled”… What’s wrong with you?!)
So if you’re still here, I assume you are spoiled, or don’t mind being spoiled. So here we go: You know how Agent Coulson is killed by Loki in the film? Well what if he’s not really dead? After all, we don’t “see” him die, and only have Nick Fury’s word that he died, when he tells Maria Hill over the walkie-talkie that Coulson’s gone. Considering how Fury uses Coulson’s death to galvanize the team to get into the fight, can we put it past the S.H.I.E.L.D. director to pull a fast one?
So what future does fate hold for Phil Coulson and his portrayer Clark Gregg? Let’s go to an interview courtesy of Comic Book Movie:
Mark Julian: Now originally no one knew how important your character would become after the first Iron Man. Are you signed for 7 pictures like Chris Evans and Samuel Jackson or do you renegotiate with each subsequent film?
Clark Gregg: I was signed up for a bunch of pictures, I think it was six.
MJ: There’s a new director joining the Marvel camp in Patty Jenkins. Have you had a chance to speak with her?
CG: No. But I’m going to be speaking with her very soon. And I’m looking forward to it because I’m a big fan of hers and I thought the movie she made [Monster] was great.
MJ: Marvel’s got Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy, Namor, and [the Inhumans]; all in various stages of development. Has anyone approached you about being in any of those movies?
CG: The one’s you’ve named, no, not the ones you’ve named. I’m talking with them about doing a couple of other movies but it’s not the one’s you’ve named.
MJ: Aha! So what has come up in those talks?
CG: You’re trying to get me murdered. You’re trying to get me killed by my own S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and that would be bad.
Hm. For those you you keeping score at home, that means Coulson’s obliged about two-third’s of his contract (Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, The Avengers). It’s also interesting that he was going to take a meeting with the former Thor 2 director Patty Jenkins. Surely by that point all the Powers That Be knew that Coulson was biting the proverbial big one in The Avengers.
So was The Avengers the untimely death of Phil Coulson? Time will tell.
Source: Comic Book Movie