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CONFIRMED: Agent Phil Coulson didn’t die in Avengers as ABC boss talks about S.H.I.E.L.D timeline

January 13th, 2013 by Marc Comments

OK, Agent Phil Coulson, played by Clark Gregg, was killed in The Avengers move. Then he was announced as the lead in the SHIELD TV series. Confusion ensued.

Well, sort of. We always suspected that Coulson wasn’t really killed in the movie, right? Didn’t we all think that?

Well, Coulson has been confirmed as alive, sort of. ABC President Paul Lee, in an interview with IGN, confirms that SHIELD takes place AFTER Avengers. Ergo, Phil Coulson is alive and well. Yaaaaaaay!

Lee said: “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 SHIELD. 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.”

Now, is it just us or does Tony Stark’s mentioning of Life Model Decoys in Avengers seem like the best way to explain Coulson’s survival? Well, honestly, we don’t mind how they explain it, we’re just glad Phil’s ok!

SHIELD will start filming this month and the pilot will air this fall. We’re confident a series will follow…

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….