By the Mad Woman with a Box

Clark Gregg & the heads of Marvel reveal the fate of the Son of Coul

Comic conventions are wonderful things. Geeks mingle, fans unite, and the grand overlords of our favorite franchises come together to make our dreams, and sometimes our nightmares come true. Will your favorite characters get the spotlight? Will a beloved series bite the dust? Is Tony Stark ever going to lay off the martinis?

One such beloved individual in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the character who died in the summer box office blockbuster Marvel’s THE AVENGERS(Spoiler alerts, this is your ONLY warning). Since the movie’s release, the

Clark Gregg at NYCC

Clark Gregg at the Marvel TV panel at this weekend’s NYCC. During the panel, a tribute to Agent Coulson was shown just before the news broke that Gregg would be a featured player in the series currently being developed by Joss Whedon.

COULSON LIVES movement has become a phenomenon. Spraypaint, bumper stickers, hash tags, what was otherwise a secondary character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has won over the minds and hearts of Marvelites worldwide, and none of us truly want to believe that our favorite everyman and resident S.H.I.E.L.D. badass was truly gone.

This weekend, during the Marvel TV panel, with the Son of Coul himself, Clark Gregg, present for the occasion, Marvel announced that Coulson does, in fact, live…and will be a part of the television show currently being developed by Joss Whedon.

Gregg attended the panel, supposedly to discuss his role in the ULTIMATE SPIDER MAN TV series, and got up to address fans about his role as Agent Phil Coulson, alongside head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb after a touching tribute to one of the MCU’s core characters. While Loeb and Gregg played to the crowd with Gregg yearning for Coulson’s return and Loeb shooting him down, the panel was interrupted by a video presentation from Whedon himself, as well as Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige.  Together, the pair, with Feige in a COUSON LIVES t-shirt, revealed that Phil Coulson would not only be a part of the new show’s cast, but a central figure in the series.

“There was never going to be a S.H.I.E.L.D. show without Agent Phil Coulson!” Feige said in the video. Whedon added, “He’s headlining the S.H.I.E.L.D. show, and always was.”

The show, tentatively titled “Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D.,” will feature Phil Coulson as a central character, a fact confirmed at the panel by Loeb. The question remains, however: how did he survive? Life model decoy, perhaps? Many jokes were thrown around at the panel, but the truth remains a mystery.

All we know, for now, is what the faithful legions have believed since our hero made the ultimate sacrifice: Coulson lives…and he will return.

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