Ever since witnessing America’s favorite non-supe/Captain America fanboy/ S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson’s “demise” at the hands of Loki in last summer’s blockbuster hit The Avengers, fans (myself included) cried while saying “NO! I don’t accept his death” sparking a movement around the world known as Coulson Lives (or #CoulsonLIVES on Twitter).
When word got out that there COULD be a spinoff series made-for-tv, the movement gained momentum not only on Twitter but on the streets in the form of bumper stickers, car decals, graffiti and on the fans themselves.
This last weekend, that dream became a reality not only when it was revealed that ABC did indeed pick up the spinoff known as Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. but rejoiced when Coulson (a.k.a. Clark Gregg) himself took to Twitter on Friday to thank the fans and let ’em know a teaser for said pilot would air during ABC’s hit show Once Upon A Time on Sunday night (a.k.a. last night).
I know what you’re thinking: “Coulson died in The Avengers, so WTF?”
A) Don’t swear. B) It’s being taken care of.
HOW showrunner Joss Whedon along with fellow exec producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Dollhouse) and writers Jeffrey Bell (Angel, Alias) and Jeph Loeb (Smallville) will handle said issue for the pilot is unknown at this point; speculation is the series could be set before the events that took place in The Avengers OR we could get the other side of the #CoulsonLIVES hashtag, #FuryLIES, in which we discover that Coulson never really died at all. Maybe it’ll be like the time everyone’s favorite butler Alfred (Batman) died but really he was only sleeping (that and a resurrection beam).
Killing and resurrecting superheroes (Captain America, Jean Grey, Spider-Man, The Thing, Jason Todd a.k.a. Robin, Optimus Prime) is nothing new to the comic book universe so anything goes when it comes to these characters.
Here’s how ABC describes their recent grab:
“Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson’s team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage; Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), expert pilot and martial artist; Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), brilliant engineer, and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).”
All eyes will be on the Agents as, according to ABC, this is the first Marvel’s first TV series and I know that I as a fan DESPERATELY want this to succeed!
Don’t touch Lola. Coulson Lives.
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