When we first heard news that fan-beloved Agent Phil Coulson () would be in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the first thing fans said was, "Hold up. He's dead, remember? Or...wait..." and that started an raging debate on how, exactly, he was still alive. The official explanation is that Nick Fury () faked his death in The Avengers, but there are many who still believe Agent Coulson is an LMD.
It appears we'll find out the reason, or at least part of it, in the pilot episode of S.H.I.E.L.D. Clark Gregg himself talked to EW on their red carpet yesterday and cleared some things up. Don't worry, he was as confused as we are:
I thought they were pranking me a little bit because there was so much blood on the set of The Avengers. I kept waiting to see, are we going to shoot a version where [Loki] misses? And they didn't, so I was really surprised to get that call and I wanted to make sure it didn’t do anything to undermine what we achieved there and when [writer-director Joss Whedon] explained the mystery and how they planned to deal with it, with Agent Coulson being around, I was very sold. He's back. He thinks he knows how he's back. We'll have to see.
It's interesting that he says Coulson thinks he knows how he's back rather than knows it. Might Nick Fury lie to him as well? But Coulson suspects Fury faked it? Fury is certainly capable of something duplicitous like that.
The actor also knows that if he gets killed again - and at some point, he probably will - this time, it will be for good:
I have a feeling if they killed me off again it would be for good so I'm very careful to read the end of the script every time I get one. It's like getting struck by lightning. I kind of hope it hits somebody else first before it comes back to me. Agent Coulson represents the people who don't have superpowers, the guys who actually can be killed — or at least seem to be and yet come back sometimes … Marvel has such a lock on how to do really incredibly visual affects and stunts that we've got stuff on our show that I just don’t think we've seen on TV before.
Co-star Chloe Bennet assured us fans would be blown away:
If you love The Avengers, if you love any of Joss Whedon’s work, you're going to absolutely love the show. It's about these people living in a super world dealing with being human. You see these superhero movies and you see the superheroes struggle but you don't see how humans do in a world like that. That's what will draw people in. It's so human. And it's so super and awesome still.
I, for one, could not be more pumped. What about you guys?
S.H.I.E.L.D. debuts this fall on ABC, so [[follow]] along we'll keep you updated on when the official air date is.