So, it goes like this. Slash Film have had a tip-off on how Agent Coulson can come back from the dead. Here’s how they put it:
In the pilot, it’s revealed Nick Fury, the ultimate super spy, faked Agent Coulson’s death on purpose to motivate The Avengers. Some S.H.I.E.L.D. members were in on it (including, possibly, Maria Hill) but The Avengers were not. Their security clearance wasn’t high enough. Coulson was forced to hold his breath as part of the ruse and that’s a point of contention among his colleagues After the fact, Fury moved him to a remote location until things died down, and then he was reinserted into duty at the time of the show.
Maybe we should be a little sceptical, but let’s just assume it’s all correct for a moment.
This course of events means that, somehow, Coulson wasn’t killed by Loki’s spear. And as he lay there, with that massive wound, he was able to act dead in a way that fooled a lot of smart, observant people.
I think that making Nick Fury culpable is a very good idea, and the fallout could be dramatic, but I’m not sure that this particular way of faking Coulson’s death is satisfying.
Of course, we’ll have to see just how Joss Whedon has finessed the details… if indeed he has. This may all be incorrect.
We’re about three weeks away from the ABC upfronts where the network is almost certain to announce an official pick up for the show. I’d be very surprised if there aren’t preview screenings in San Diego this summer, too.