SPOILER ALERT!- The following contains spoilers to The Avengers, a film some people still have yet to watch. If you happen to be one of those people, then avoid the following.
Joss Whedon is one twisted son of a bitch, a brilliant one, but twisted nonetheless. Every time he’s noticed fans starting to cling onto a beloved fan character from one of his series, said character get’s a permanent dirt nap courtesy of Whedon’s pen. So while it was a bit of a shocker, it’s to no surprise that Joss decided it was time for Marvel‘s Agent Phil Coulson to meet his end by way of Loki and a very pointy stick in The Avengers.
Usually in movies, when a character dies their gone for good, that is unless there’s a plot involving some form of time travel. But this is a franchise based in a comic book world; people can fly, weaklings can become super soldiers and death is only a moment to breathe.
Now let’s talk about Agent Coulson, played by Clark Gregg. Coulson’s been around long before The Avengers, having played his part in the first Iron Man movie and then later appearing in Thor and Iron Man 2. Now some are supposing that there are a number of clues given throughout the movie and a massive fan campaign online titled “Coulson Lives,” that suggests that Marvel’s everyman character being very much alive in the post-Avengers Marvel Film U.
“I just love all of that stuff, but you know I think I really am trying to kind of… And I never know what Marvel is going to do, but I have to kind of feel like I’m trying to do my own business with “I probably won’t get to play this guy again.” I love it, who knows? Who knows what the fans can make happen, you know what I mean? That would be hilarious to me if the fans somehow managed… It would be the fans who brought Coulson back to life, but I don’t think there’s any plans. They’ve got enough superheroes to now bring in to take his place, you know? I think people would rather see Wasp than me come back.”
Yeah, right. Be it a clone, a return as The Vision – which most people are gunning for – or the Coulson that died was nothing more then a Life Model Decoy, any Coulson is a good Coulson. It could all be a farce though, just the biggest way for Whedon to take the piss out of Marvel fans everywhere.