The Avengers capped off the whole of Marvel Studios’ Phase 1 with a lot of fanfare, but it came at a cost. The casualty needed to bring our six founding Avengers members was none other than Agent Phil Coulson, the man who had served as the connective tissue between most of the films in the franchise up to that point.
Of course, his death was short-lived, and he was brought back soon after in the ABC television series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He’s been going at it for seasons on that show now, and fans are still wondering whether or not there’s a possibility for the Avengers to learn of his true fate.
Speaking to ComicBook.com, actor Clark Gregg spoke to that idea, saying:
“It is an ever-present theme. It’s really touching to me how much the fans stay obsessed with the idea of when the Avengers are going to learn Coulson’s alive. It’s something that…I don’t know, I find that so touching! I think the Avengers have moved on, they’re busy.”
Indeed, as the recent trailer for Avengers: Infinity War revealed, the Avengers are very busy fighting off baddies from other galaxies, so it makes sense why they wouldn’t have heard about Coulson. Add into that the friction between Marvel Studios and Marvel Entertainment at large, and you have a recipe for these worlds never crossing over. All the same, Gregg thinks that this desire for worlds to collide is a credit to those in charge of the different worlds within the MCU as a whole.
“But also I think it’s a great credit to the show and the characters and the actors who brought these characters to life and to our production team, to Mark Kolpack’s visual effects and to the great writing of our writers, Jed [Whedon], Mo [Tancharoen] and Jeff [Bell], because I think there’s a growing number of people who kind of feel like this feels like a part of that bigger world and they want to see the various worlds – whether it’s the incredible Netflix world of New York, they just want at some point feel that this is one big story, which I still believe it is. And you know, when the time is right, who knows?”
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