You've all seen "The Avengers" by now, right? If you haven't, time to turn away. We're delving into spoiler territory with this post, covering one of our very favorite characters from the movie, reliable S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and comic book fanboy Agent Phil Coulson. He's got a big role to play in "Avengers," and we're getting into that in depth beyond the break.
So, final word of warning: spoilers ahead!
Still with us? Cool. Agent Coulson's death is easily the saddest aspect of "The Avengers," removing one of our favorite Marvel movie universe players from the board for good. Or is he gone for good? One of our favorite theories is that Coulson will provide the basis for Vision in a future film (more on that below as well as in future posts). Another good theory is that we'll see a life model decoy of Coulson in future Marvel movies.
Quint at Ain't It Cool posted a theory of his own recently, and the theory caught the attention of Coulson actor Clark Gregg. He spoke with AICN about all the conspiracy theories surrounding Coulson's death, giving no secrets away but expressing his deep gratitude for the attention his fan-favorite character has received.
"I love all of those theories," he said. "I never know what Marvel is going to do, but I have to kind of feel like I’m trying to do my own business with 'I probably won’t get to play this guy again.' I love it, who knows? Who knows what the fans can make happen, you know what I mean? That would be hilarious to me if the fans somehow managed… It would be the fans who brought Coulson back to life, but I don’t think there’s any plans. They’ve got enough superheroes to now bring in to take his place, you know?"
Sure, there are plenty of heroes yet to come in, but a Coulson-modeled Vision would be an easy way to introduce a new fan-favorite character while honoring a fallen one. People love seeing Gregg in these movies, and even if Coulson's dead, he'd be the perfect model for Vision. Given Coulson's Captain America fandom, and a "Captain America" sequel coming up in 2014 that'll feature S.H.I.E.L.D. in a meaningful way (according to previous comments from Kevin Feige), wouldn't Vision popping up in the next "Cap" movie be an appropriate tip of the hat to the deceased agent? It would certainly be a trip for Steve Rogers to work alongside a "resurrected" version of his biggest fan.
(For the record, no, I don't think Coulson himself should become Vision; just that he inspired the design. I'm thinking along the lines of (dare I say it) "Aliens vs. Predator," how the human Charles Bishop Weyland inspired the android Bishop in the "Aliens" era… except, you know, not stupid like "AVP." You know what I mean.)
Anyway, the full interview with Gregg is really great. Go over and give it a read.
Will Gregg return for another Marvel movie down the line? Let us know your theories in the comments section or hit us up on Twitter!