Joss Whedon is working on a “S.H.I.E.L.D.” TV series for Disney, which is wonderful news because Joss Whedon generally makes enjoyable television shows. (He’s not going to be running every aspect of the show, though, because he has that “Avengers” sequel to write and direct between now and May 2015.)
And now the first actor has been cast in the “S.H.I.E.L.D.” pilot: Clark Gregg, the actor who tied together the various “Avengers” prequels (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor” and “Captain America”). This has been very big news on the Internet, because (SPOILER ALERT, INSOMUCH AS YOU CAN SPOIL THE THIRD-BIGGEST MOVIE IN HISTORY) Clark Gregg’s character died in “The Avengers.”
Of course, people are running with the “Agent Coulson lives!” shtick online because we have no real idea how the “S.H.I.E.L.D.” show will sync up with the on-screen universe depicted in “The Avengers” and the other movies. (It will likely exist in the same universe without the same actual characters appearing much, if at all, based on what has been reported thus far.) Nobody is saying that Clark Gregg’s character will be resurrected for the TV show and that he will play the lead and that his character’s death never really happened or something. They are merely saying he will reprise his character.
There are a lot of ways this could happen! Clark Gregg could appear in a video recording his character made before dying. Clark Gregg could appear as Agent Coulson’s twin brother, Agent Gil Coulson. Clark Gregg could appear and matter-of-factly explain to the show’s actual leads that he’s an agent with S.H.I.E.L.D. and now he’s off to attend to the story happening in “Iron Man,” because maybe the show precedes the movie chronology or something. Nobody knows! But at least we know that Clark Gregg will appear in something, which is good, because Clark Gregg is a welcome presence in most things.