Joss Whedon has put more fuel on the fire of the great Marvel enigma that is Agent Coulson, the brave S.H.I.E.L.D operative who met his maker in The Avengers.
He’s apparently alive according to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D television show that has continued the Marvel Cinematic Universe story after The Avengers with Agent Coulson alive, well, and still, it would appear, kicking!
But he won’t be in Avengers: Age of Ultron because writer-director Joss Whedon, the man who wrote, choreographed and filmed the non-hero’s demise, considers him worm food – at least as far as the film “world” is concerned.
“As far as I’m concerned in the films, he’s dead,” said Whedon, echoing the film world’s story progression seen in Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: Winter Soldier where Coulson does not appear. “In terms of the narrative of [The Avengers], his loss was very important. When I created the television show, it was sort of on the understanding that this can work and we can do it with integrity, but these Avengers movies are for people to see the Avengers movies and nothing else. And it would neither make sense nor be useful to say ‘Oh and by the way, remember me? I died!’”
It would appear there’s even a breakdown in communication between the guys overseeing the TV show and filmmakers looking after the movies. Whedon believes it has become a bit of a game between the two mediums.
“I think the movie people were a little bit cross about the TV show,” he said. “They were like, ‘Well, you can have this but not this. And this but not that.’ It’s complicated enough as it is without me adding another layer of complication. We also created a TV show called S.H.I.E.L.D. right before they made a movie where they destroyed S.H.I.E.L.D. So everybody’s having a GREAT time!”
So to answer the great Marvel enigma – Agent Coulson is alive. But he’s actually dead.