ABC President Paul Lee Reveals the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Series Takes Place After THE AVENGERS Battle

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News of ABC bring a S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series to pilot was all well and good, but the inclusion of Clark Gregg’s character Agent Phil Coulson had us scratching our collective heads.  Events that occur in The Avengers would make it rather difficult for Coulson to have a very active role in the series.  This casting announcement led many to believe that the television show would be a prequel or, at the very least, a parallel story to The Avengers.  Now ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee has confirmed that the series occurs after the battle in New York at the end of the Marvel mash-up and that Gregg is still going to be involved as Coulson.  Hit the jump to find out just how that might work.

joss-whedon-avengers-set-photo-hawkeye-bowWe’ve heard a lot from Lee lately on the topic of the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series, including his reveal that Joss Whedon has written the pilot and has gone beyond to write for future episodes although the series hasn’t officially been ordered yet.  Whedon himself talked about the series recently as well.  Now, IGN has reached out to Lee, who further commented on the timing of the series as it relates to The Avengers:

“There is no question that it is part of the Marvel Universe. In fact, the story takes place after the battle for New York.  This is S.H.I.E.L.D. They’re following their own particular stories. There are characters in it, Coulson, who clearly come from Avengers. So it’s part of the world, but we’re going to be very, very careful that we don’t tread on the toes of the features and build a whole new world. And that’s what Joss Whedon does better than anybody else. He’s built a world for us.”

S.H.I.E.L.D. will begin filming next week and Lee remains optimistic for the future of the show should the pilot prove successful.  Let’s face it, the series is another opportunity for ABC/Disney/Marvel to introduce new characters and expand their awareness:

“I think if we’re lucky enough to have a great series, we’re obviously having fun with that. At this point though, we have a number of characters at the heart of the script who are real characters, who are the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the first task is to make those guys great and relatable and everything that a great show needs. Beyond that, fingers crossed!”

Clark-Gregg-Chris-Evans-The-Avengers-movie-imageSo speaking of those agents at the heart of the script, where does Gregg/Coulson fit into this entire thing?  If you haven’t seen The Avengers yet, stop reading now.  If you have, then continue on for some wild speculation about how Coulson could work in a S.H.I.E.L.D. series after he dies in the movie.  Here are a couple of 100% unsubstantiated ideas:

  • Agent Coulson never really died.  It was all a ruse to get the Avengers to unite. – This would be the biggest cop out and would weaken what is supposed to be the emotional center of the film.
  • Agent Coulson is brought back from the grave. – It’s possible that this could be the case, especially considering the rampant amount of resurrection done every day in comics, but I’m hoping that Whedon has more respect than that.  The only way I could see this being palatable is if some sort of new hero/character is introduced that revives Coulson, giving a reason for the characters to be there and the event to occur while paying homage to the scene in The Avengers.
  • Agent Coulson returns as a hologram/android/clone. – This is only slightly less offensive than a spontaneous resurrection of Coulson or a tricky Coulson that never really died.  However, it would show off the cutting-edge technology of S.H.I.E.L.D. and could be a device for some interesting writing moving forward.

However it works out, #CoulsonLives.  Let us know how you think Gregg will make his return in the comments below!

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  • HCK

    I got a feeling that they’re going to go with the Coulson never actually died angle, cementing Fury as the biggest manipulative asshole in the on-screen Marvel universe.

  • Mount Russmore

    Paul Lee: “If we do the TV series, we need at least one character people can connect to the movie. Let’s bring Clark Gregg back.”
    Joss Whedon: “But his character’s dead. I killed him off.”
    Lee: “Who cares, we need ratings. And Gregg’s not an A-lister, so he’ll be cheap!”
    Whedon: “But what about the integrity of the storyline and the trust of the fans?”
    Lee: “These are comic fans, all they care about are explosions and tight-fitting latex.”
    Whedon: “Screw it, I’m a billionaire either way. We’ll call the 1st episode S.H.I.E.L.D.- RESURRECTION”.
    Lee: “Bingo!!!”

    • ThanTheMan

      No, Whedon actually reassured Clark Gregg that he wasn’t really dead pretty soon after the Avengers came out. It was his idea, just like the SHIELD TV show.

  • Fred

    I think he didn’t really die, maybe he was entering into shock and that’s why he stopped moving. We never really saw the doctors calling it and at the end of the day, that’s what S.H.I.E.L.D. always does: lie to everyone to get what they need.

    • mediceater

      I dont know if you know what shock is, but that definately wasnt it. However people never die in movies the way they would in real life. If a normal person was stabbed my lets say, a 9inch long, 5inch wide, and 1/2an inch thick blade by a god through the back the following scenario would occur. IF it missed his spine, it most likely punctured his diaphragm, kidney, intestines or stomach. The following death punctures would have lasted much longer than he did, waiting for the circulating blood to pool into the surround areas and not his heart which would eventually fibrillate once hypotensive and then he would die. And not still like or pretty, you would know he’s dying. Some people just need to accept that people die and move on. Whedon wouldnt sink down to the level of delving deep into the marvel universe to explain how coulson is able to be brought back. The marvel universe gets insane with its webof connections, copies of heros either different characters playing the same hero or time travellers of future heros.

  • smellyfishfingers

    yep the vision or if someone else resurrects him and he is the antagonist for the sheild agents lots of flash backs about their experiences with coulson the lessons he teaches them etc and then at some point they could turn him back to a good guy and theres the season arc

    • Papman

      The idea of having a bad guy bring Coulson back from the dead to be the antagonist for the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, only to have him brought back to the good side afterward sounds a lot like William Shatner’s book: The Return…

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  • DJango9000

    Any Marvel fans who’ve read the Series “DAMAGE CONTROL”?

    I think it’d be great if they wove in elements of that agency – the people who “clean up ” after all these epic Superhero/Villain brawls.

    Was always a very funny series. =D

  • Ty

    Flashbacks. ?

    • Johnson

      probably the only reasonable suggestion on this entire page…

      • salfie

        I agree.

  • Elitist Prick

    In the grand comic book tradition, characters dying really only means they’ll disappear for a little bit, then come back to be more ubiquitous then ever. Remember when Superman died? How did that turn out? Marvel will probably kill Tony Stark next just to bring out seven imitation Iron Men/War Machines to fight it out for the next five years, then the winner will turn out to be the REAL Stark who was in hiding in Pakistan all this time and that the one who died five years ago was a genetically modified Skrull or something.

    Maybe they’ll just write in that some irresponsible character gets the Infinity Gauntlet and that it can bring people back to life (because why not?).

  • Greg

    They already mentioned LMS’s (life model decoys), So I think it will play out one of 2 ways: Colson is a recurring (red-shirt, as in may die frequently) android, or he was a LMD when he was killed in Avengers, and the real one is still alive.

  • Nate

    LMDs have been mentioned. The chick he was dating in Avengers was a violinist. When Coulson died, Fury said he’d ‘lost his one good eye’. Androids. Wanda Maximof (Scarlet Witch) . Vision. It’s a stretch from hell, but I can see it.

    • Ur mom

      You mean cellist. That’s what i heard and Scarlet Witch is a cellist. Makes sense.

    • Doggsmack

      This makes the most sense ,I like you believe he already was a LMD. Because looking back to Ironman 2 Nick Fury makes a comment to Tony Stark ( I have my eye on you.) when he left Agent Coulson with Tony , And though we as an audience laught at it Tony was dead serious when he told Pepper his name is Agent.

  • Bob

    Simon Baker playing Ant-Man built Ultron/Vision(Vision played by Coulson’s character obviously). Ultron will lead to season finale or Avengers 3 or Ant-Man movie or sonething.

    • salfie

      I’ve been saying for a while that Simon Baker should be Ant-Man! Good call!

  • TD

    VISION!!

  • jk

    It’sll be his twin brother, Bill Coulsen!!

  • twowolves

    We didn’t see Coulson actually die on screen, and Fury wouldn’t think twice to play that card to get his heroes to do what needed to be done.

    • ThanTheMan

      I know. What we saw was Coulson stop talking, either dead or fainted from blood loss, a medical team arrive, and Fury say over the intercom “they called it”. We didn’t even see the medical team call time of death, we just have Fury’s notoriously unreliable word for it.

  • Andrew

    Coulson comes back as Vision…

  • salfie

    I think Coulson will be back in the form of a big television screen giving the new team their orders, sort of like Charlie’s Angels.. That way Coulson can be dead and a computer simulation of him will still have a character on the show.

  • Dean Winchester

    Oh boo hoo! What a bunch of sooks! Agent Coulson’s death was a fake and they lied – oh the injustice! Blah blah blah.

    People are upset if he’s dead, people will be upset if he’s alive, people will be upset period.

    I’m pissed off at the amount of negativity people have over – let’s face it – a movie.

    I loved the Avengers and was upset when Coulson suposedly died – would I feel lied to if he came back? No, I’d be happy as I liked him.

    People just need to relax and enjoy the ride, it’s not like it has the half baked character development or script plot holes of Prometheus anyhow.

  • Dean Winchester

    Oh boo hoo! What a bunch of sooks! Agent Coulson’s death was a fake and they lied – oh the injustice! Blah blah blah.
    People are upset if he\’s dead, people will be upset if he’s alive, people will be upset period.
    I’m pissed off at the amount of negativity people have over – let’s face it – a movie.
    I loved the Avengers and was upset when Coulson suposedly died – would I feel lied to if he came back? No, I’d be happy as I liked him.
    People just need to relax and enjoy the ride, it’s not like it has the half baked character development or script plot holes of Prometheus anyhow.

  • Dean Winchester

    Oh boo hoo! What a bunch of sooks! Agent Coulson’s death was a fake and they lied – oh the injustice! Blah blah blah.
    People are upset if he’s dead, people will be upset if he\’s alive, people will be upset period.
    I’m pissed off at the amount of negativity people have over – let’s face it – a movie.
    I loved the Avengers and was upset when Coulson suposedly died – would I feel lied to if he came back? No, I’d be happy as I liked him.
    People just need to relax and enjoy the ride, it\’s not like it has the half baked character development or script plot holes of Prometheus anyhow.

  • Dean Winchester

    Oh boo hoo! What a bunch of sooks! Agent Coulson\’s death was a fake and they lied – oh the injustice! Blah blah blah.
    People are upset if he\’s dead, people will be upset if he\\\’s alive, people will be upset period.
    I\’m pissed off at the amount of negativity people have over – let\’s face it – a movie.
    I loved the Avengers and was upset when Coulson suposedly died – would I feel lied to if he came back? No, I\’d be happy as I liked him.
    People just need to relax and enjoy the ride, it\\\’s not like it has the half baked character development or script plot holes of Prometheus anyhow.

  • David

    Phil and his twin brother Matt grew up together. They were raised by the same parents, went to the same schools and had all the same friends. Is it really that hard to believe that they chose the same career? Matt is more devastated than anyone over the death of his twin!

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  • Riley

    This will be tricky, if they make it a huge thing that he comes back then people will HAVE to watch this show in order for the avengers to make sense. I don’t think they will make to many large things happen in this series (like coulsin becoming vision) Because then they have to explain it in the movies in a very short amount of time. The only one of these that seems logical is he never died. Unless it is flashback kind of thing which doesn’t seem to make much sense since it was set after the avengers. Basically this will be either a great TV series or a HUGE screwup…. kinda like what guardians of the galaxy seems to be. Either really bad or really good. Hope they knock it out of the park but my gutt tells me they are going to mess some stuff up.

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