Spoiler Reveals How Agent Coulson Returns in 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

Clark Gregg is returning as the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in this ABC pilot, despite the events that occurred in 'Marvel's The Avengers'.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spoilers reveal Agent Coulson's resurrection
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spoilers reveal Agent Coulson's resurrection
The ABC pilot Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., co-written and directed by Joss Whedon, features the triumphant return of Clark Gregg's Agent Coulson, even though he was killed off in Marvel's The Avengers. Since it has already been confirmed that the potential series does take place after Marvel's The Avengers, many are wondering how Coulson's appearance is even possible.

The latest plot details reveal how this S.H.I.E.L.D. agent comes back from the dead, but be warned, there are heavy spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.

"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."

The following details have not been confirmed by Marvel or ABC at this time. It should be pointed out that Coulson was killed by the spear of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in Marvel's The Avengers. It seems highly unlikely that the villainous Loki would be in on this ruse, so how exactly could they "fake" Agent Coulson's death? We'll have to wait and see if ABC picks up Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to find out.



Sources: /Film

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  1. Writer220

    @undeadslayer4 Shield has the technology so if one of them dies, they could use the clone to further their goals.
    Even death can't stopped them.

    1 year agoby @writer220Flag

  2. undeadslayer4

    @writer220 first of all how could he clone himself @vanboy he was stabbed how could he fake his death what a douche

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  3. Vanboy

    "It should be pointed out that Coulson was killed by the spear of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in Marvel's The Avengers. It seems highly unlikely that the villainous Loki would be in on this ruse"

    Gee, that's the same exact thing I said in my comments. I guess Brian Gallagher has fair amount of intelligence as well. This is BULLS**T! Disney trying to make a happy Disney ending for Coulson. Marvel sold out their story credibility. You don't sacrific a great character and then say, "Uh, we really didn't mean it. We have to take that back". Maybe that's why Robert Downey Jr. wants to leave Iron Man. I guess Pepper Potts suiting up should have been a hint. Sorry, but I hope Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. falls flat on its face!

    I agree; the clone route would have been much less of an insult than, "Oh, we faked his death". Sorry, but the scene where Fury was alone with Coulson was never meant to be a fake death. When he made the call over his com that "Coulson is down", Jackson played Fury as being upset. And when Fury was talking to Hill about the cards actually being in the locker, they were both upset. They could have created a new character

    1 year agoby @vanboyFlag

  4. Writer220

    I would prefer the clone route. At least it would explane it a bit better.

    Nick Fury: He died people, this here is his clone.

    1 year agoby @writer220Flag

  5. Teresa Guewell

    I had a feeling they left Coulson's "death" kind of open. And even though Loki killed a gang of people, at least that's one off the table I guess :)

    1 year agoby @Teresa-GuewellFlag

  6. Movie-Man Smith

    "Coulson was forced to hold his breath as part of the ruse and that's a point of contention among his colleagues"

    That may be one of the stupidest thing I've ever read. I'm glad he's back and T.V. definitley needs this show, just wish his presents did'nt "thumb in the eye" off the movie.

    1 year agoby @Movie-Man-SmithFlag

  7. Nicholaus XX

    Yeah, the villain pseudo-kills a teammate of The Avengers in order to "motivate" them into having just another reason to thwart his evil plan? Sounds legit.

    1 year agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  8. QuintsSharkShop

    No lets not see where this is going. F*cking lame.

    1 year agoby @QuintsSharkShopFlag

  9. skywise

    @Joshua-Hollaway Knowing Nick Fury he would have used some type of chemical agent to make Couson seem dead...incase he had to sneeze....

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  10. Writer220

    We may not like it but lets see where this is going.

    1 year agoby @writer220Flag

  11. Escapist

    Well, we didn't see any burial or body afterwards, so maybe that's why they have a possibility of bringing him back.

    1 year agoby @escapistFlag

  12. JasonKat

    sounds like a stupid idea just to bring him back at all.
    I had no idea Agent Coulson was that important to the avengers. I thought he was just 1 of those fillers.

    1 year agoby @jasonkatFlag

  13. Josh

    @corey Not at all, but when Coulson was stabbed Fury clearly could have seen that as an opportunity to put one over on the team in order to motivate them. We already know he wasn't above lying to make a point (Hill explicitly calls him on the fact that the trading cards were in Coulson's locker, not on his person).

    1 year agoby @shuabertFlag

  14. Corey W.

    And Fury setting up his death to push motivation....come on. How do you plan something like that? So....he planned for Loki to escape....then he planned for Coulson to square off against Loki....then planned for Loki to stab him with a spear so that afterwards Fury could touch Coulson with the hands of God, heal him, and bring him to a remote, secret area? There's no way they can come up with a good explanation to how this makes sense at all. If this is really the revival of the main character for this series, I'm thinking this show is gonna be really, really lame.

    1 year agoby @coreyFlag

  15. Corey W.

    lmfao....so did Fury pay off Loki to stick that spear right through him too? F*cking lame.

    But hey, this explains a lot. Coulson's death "moment" was just as bad and terribly acted as Talia's in The Dark Knight Rises. Good thing Coulson was acting, lol.

    1 year agoby @coreyFlag

  16. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    To read or not to read

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  17. Joshua Hollaway

    Makes sense, if you know Nick Fury's personality, you wouldn't feel it was "stupid"

    1 year agoby @Joshua-HollawayFlag

  18. ridgl

    @brady1138 yes, i do think its stupid. I can't suspend my belief that much when I saw him die. to act as though he held his breath at just that moment to fool other agents or what have you is ridiculous. Furthermore, it undercuts the significance of his death just to make some audience members happy.

    1 year agoby @ridglFlag

  19. Goliath

    What they should have done was not kill him in the first place.
    I liked Coulson, sad to see him go, but pretty lame excuse to bring him back.

    1 year agoby @goliathFlag

  20. Trangalanga10

    @brady1138 The Avengers showed a reason for them to become a team, if this is true about Coulson's dead being a lie, then the ending of The Avengers will feel forced, when you are watching the movie and you see coulson dying, Fury telling the team he is dead and then the team going to avenge him,it all seems like a big lie, not just for The Avengers, but for us too, is a cheap move. And like @WalterWhite said this might make the team go against Shield and their ideals.

    1 year agoby @Trangalanga10Flag

  21. incmob

    and this surprises who?? As soon as they said agent coulson was coming back, that is exactly what i thought they would do.

    1 year agoby @incmobFlag

  22. Kill-Bill

    Why don't use LMD?

    1 year agoby @Kill-BillFlag

  23. WalterWhite

    Yeah I don't like this idea.His death feels cheap now plus how r they going to explain it 2 the Avengers.Hey sorry for lying to u guys but we just needed u guys to get ur sh*t together.Who knows though maybe it will cause friction between Shield & The Avengers.Make Shield less trustworthy.Hmmmm Still don't like it. =)

    1 year agoby @WalterWhiteFlag

  24. ejk1

    This isn't a big deal at all. ABC/Disney wanted some known quantity to the Marvel U involved, and everyone else attached to the Avengers/Shield is too big of a name or attached to another television series. Coulson was the logical choice, and Clark Gregg would have been a complete fool to turn down the opportunity to stay in the role that has given him fame. Fact is, no one will give a damn how he came back if the show is consistently good, of which the chances of that occurring is a topic for another day.

    1 year agoby @ejk1Flag

  25. skywise

    @brady1138 It doesnt sound stupid.

    All that stuff you mentioned below sounds extrordinarily creative...holding your breath to fool the heros does not. It is known that nobody in comics stays dead. That is fact (just look at one of my favs, Jean Grey had 14 times. That is crazy. But you know what? They always manage to make her reappearence creative or at the very least imaginitive.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  26. Dumbumm

    What?... Why...?

    1 year agoby @DumbummFlag

  27. LuxoIII

    @skywise@Trangalanga10@ridgl@eddie584 It's based on comics where a 70-year-old on super-steroids can save the world, a man in a super-technological suit can fly from America to Iraq in just a few minutes, a Norse god that still exists today, a man who turns into an enormous green monster when he gets angry, and secret agency whose best agent's weapon of choice is a bow and arrow....and you think a man faking his own death is silly and stupid?!

    1 year agoby @brady1138Flag

  28. ridgl

    that's stupid.

    1 year agoby @ridglFlag

  29. skywise

    @eddie584 Or at least come up with a clever reason as to why hes not dead. This is downright lazy.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag