If there has been one death this year that many have still not yet stopped talking about, it’s that of Agent Coulson’s in the superhero smash blockbuster The Avengers. Seen as a crucial part of bringing these heroes together after recurring throughout the first phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it was his untimely demise that not only was shocking to the core of the story but also began speculation that he could return with some additional abilities in the future.
Though rumors have persisted regarding a possible resurrection, it’s been the possible new ABC series S.H.I.E.L.D.that has certainly added more fuel to the flames. But it seems all great reveals have a timestamp and not only have we learned the first vague plot details in the next installment of Phase Two of the MCU Thor: The Dark World but also that we can now look forward to Coulson slapping on the shades once more.
During a panel this weekend at New York Comic Con, Joss Whedon sent in a special video message for fans to talk about just exactly what is coming regarding the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot. Pairing up with Marvel’s Kevin Feige, Whedon has confirmed that Agent Phil Coulson will be returning in the potential new television series played once more by actor Clark Gregg. This will mark Gregg’s seventh appearance as the fan-favorite hero, following four feature films and two shorts released as bonus features on Marvel home video.
There are no specific plot details regarding Coulson’s return just yet, but the wide-spread belief right now is that the series could act either as a prequel to what we’ve seen transpire on the big screen so far or he could appear in flashback form. We know that the show will revolve around an original team of five agents with no superpowers (that we know of), so exactly how Coulson fits into everything certainly remains to be seen.
The pilot will be co-written by Whedon, his brother Jed Whedon and sister-in-law Maurissa Tancharoen (the trio responsible for musical sensation Dr. Horrible), with Jed and Maurissa set to stick around as showrunners should the series be picked up.
For more, here is an interview with Gregg from Marvel’s Agent M directly following the panel:
Meanwhile, Thor: The Dark World is still deep in production as everything occurs here in the states and yet only reports have really manifested a crudely connected map of what to expect when we visit Asgard once more. But have no fear as the full synopsis has been released and offers just a few more hints in what to expect:
Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, “Thor: The Dark World” is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, from a story by Don Payne (credit not final) and screenplay by Christopher Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (credit not final) and is based on Marvel’s classic Super Hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book “Journey into Mystery” #83 in August, 1962.
“Thor: The Dark World” is presented by Marvel Studios. The executive producers are Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Victoria Alonso, Craig Kyle and Nigel Gostelow.
Thor: The Dark World hits theaters on November 8th, 2013.