"The Avengers" was one of the feel good movies of the year, with tens of millions of fans enjoying almost every single moment of the Marvel superhero extravaganza. Well, with one notable (and spoileriffic) exception, that is: The shocking death of fan favorite Agent Coulson. Almost from the moment the first screening of "The Avengers" ended, fans have been taking to the internet to voice their displeasure and theorize ways that Coulson could maybe, somehow, be brought back.
Well, you can rest easy fans, because according to Comic Book Resources, Clark Gregg appeared in person at the New York Comic Con over the weekend to drop a bombshell: He will be reprising his role as Agent Coulson in the upcoming TV series "S.H.I.E.L.D."
And Gregg wasn't the only person on hand to celebrate the monumental announcement; "Avengers" director and "S.H.I.E.L.D." mastermind Joss Whedon also appeared, albeit via video link.
"We all love Clark Gregg, there's no doubt about that," Whedon said. "From before we made 'The Avengers,' we discussed whether there was a way for him to be a part of the Marvel Universe, perhaps a part of a TV show even after his death."
"He's headlining the 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' show and always was," Whedon added.
Of course, just what Coulson's role will be is still a little unclear. Will he appear only in flashbacks? Will he become a Jarvis-esque AI mentor? Will he spring from his grave like something out of "The Walking Dead?" Whedon wasn't saying, but Gregg had some ideas of his own.
"I just want to say because I won't have another chance to ask this -- 'Have you heard of a Life Model Decoy?'" Gregg asked rhetorically. "I don't know if you've read the theories from the people on Twitter, but there's this guy called the Vision. I don't know if you saw the UK version of the DVD, but the blade wasn't coming out of his chest. There's a tesseract!"
So will one of those turn out to be the real reason behind his apparent resurrection? One thing's for sure: Millions of fans are going to have a wonderful time trying to guess.