When we last saw the fan favorite Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) Loki pierced his chest with his Loki-pokey-stick™ leaving the Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. to bleed out and die. His death was the moment that finally gelled the Avengers together as a team, gave them something to avenge and almost immediately led to fanboy speculation that the character would return somehow. Well, we know he won’t be The Vision no matter how cool that would have been, in fact we’ve known for awhile that the character will make his return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe on the small screen in the forthcoming ABC TV show Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. How, exactly has been topic of more speculation… UNTIL NOW!
An unidentified source recently revealed to /Film how Gregg’s character beat a terminal case of chest wounditis and if you are cool with having it spoiled, hit the jump.
This .gif of Black Widow is your last chance, turn back before the truth is revealed.
Ok, it’s (possible) spoiler time:
He was pretending.
Yup. Apparently he was faking it the whole time, here’s how /Film put it because it is Friday and I am lazy:
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.
Plausible? Sure. A little lame? I think so. Granted ‘fake death’ is probably the only way they could feasibility his not deadness, but why not a clone or an android double (that eventually becomes Vision since I still want that to happen somehow.) Playing possum just seems… weak.
Remember though this is from an unnamed source so let’s take it with the usual grain of salt.