In the wake of Marvel's The Avengers and the death of Agent Coulson, many speculated that he was either returning as The Vision, or that his death had been a set up to motivate this team of superheroes into action. Adding to the mystery was the announcement of Agent Coulson's return in ABC's upcoming drama series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Clark Gregg confirmed that he was assuming the role this past October while visiting NYCC 2012. None of the questions about his death were ever answered, though. That mystery is being left for the pilot. But the actor has come forward to talk about his continuation of the fan-favorite character, and hints that The Avengers may have been deceived.
"It was hard to miss the moment where that Asgardian bastard stabs me quite thoroughly. I was a little heartbroken. But it's the comics, so, you know, that's a different form of dead.
There was people talking about, was he gonna come back as The Vision? We never saw the body. The cards were in the locker. There was a lot of people talking about the Blu-ray, the English Blu-ray, you didn't see the spear come through Coulson.
I was very curious, but also wasn't sure I was necessarily down with it. I don't want to do anything to undermine the integrity of The Avengers. When Joss described to me the mystery that takes place in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the complexity and the unanswered questions about Phil Coulson standing there trying to deal with this, I found it so fascinating and so true to the world of the comics and mythology in general as I understand them that I was immediately in."
The actor then admitted that his death in Marvel's The Avengers may have been a set-up, and there will be retribution and payback from the team.
"It would be surprising to me if this was a world where there wasn't some reckoning for the fact that it'd be ... you know, some level of deception must have been perpetrated on the Avengers."
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