When it was revealed that Agent Coulson would be appearing in the Marvel television series S.H.I.E.L.D. many people were wondering how it would happen, since he was killed off in The Avengers. Joss Whedon has now been kind enough to say a few things about it but don’t expect any solid answers.
Whedon explained, “Coulson’s death was mandated in the first meeting by Kevin Feige. I can’t say that enough times. Apparently I have some kind of reputation that we won’t discuss right now, but I do love to kill people.”
He added, “Clark himself said when we were shooting that it was obvious that it had to happen, otherwise all of this becomes irresponsible. There’s no toll or actual downside to this very bad idea of bringing all of these people together. As a film it’s just irresponsible. That’s why we’re bringing him back for a S.H.I.E.L.D. series.”
Clark Gregg has previously admitted that he would love to continue to work with Marvel in the future and, it appears that, even when a character dies in a Marvel movie, there is always the possibility that they will return in the future.