Clark Gregg has been a part of the MCU as it’s called since Iron Man premiered in 2008. He plays Agent Phil Coulson of Shield! He appeared in a few shorts, called one-shots that were used to tie the movies together. These shorts were put out on the DVD/Blu-Ray releases.
Coulson would appear with a few names members of S.H.I.E.L.D such as Nick Fury played by Samuel L. Jackson. Coulson was onboard with the Avengers Initiative. The idea that the heroes such as Iron Man could be made a team, to be the Earths mightiest heroes or protect it from danger. This would all come together in 2012 when the Avengers premiered on May 4th!
Coulson would play a big part of what pushes the Avengers to become the team that everyone at S.H.I.E.L.D knew they could be. I would say between the middle and 3rd act of the Avengers Agent Phil Coulson would meet his end (or so we thought) when Loki stabs him through the heart with a scepter. The same scepter he used to corrupt people even Hawkeye into doing what he wanted. This event would push the Avengers into becoming a team and taking the battle to Loki and the Chitari. The Avengers ended up saving the day in Coulson’s name.
Shortly after the Avengers, it was announced that Coulson would be coming back to lead a team on a weekly episodic show that most of us who have stuck with it, love. Agents of Shield now in its 5th season on the Disney owned ABC network brought Coulson back to lead a team of Shield agents to work in the shadows containing the small threats, eventually turning into large threats with Hydra, and Inhumans. We would see everything explained on these shows, from how Coulson survived or was saved to now seeing him die in the latest episode. We would also see him become the Ghost Rider to save his team and the world. Travel to a future and seeing the world destroyed. Oh yeah and his team even though it’s not mentioned, helped the Avengers in Age of Ultron find Strucker and take out his organization.
Well after all of this and The Avengers not knowing he’s still alive Agent Coulson returns to the MCU! The upcoming Captain Marvel movie starring Brie Larson will see the return of Phil Coulson(Clark Gregg) return to the MCU. However, the movie takes place in the 1990s well before any of the events of Iron Man or the rest of the MCU movies.
I hope from this we see that spark, that hope that the studio decides to bring Coulson back full time to the MCU. I know the show is technically “apart” of the MCU the producers and studio heads deny it all being connected. It really kills the timeline and events happening with what I feel like is one of the best characters. I mean yes we get to see this character lead his team on Agents of Shield, but could you imagine if that team was brought into the movies? S.H.I.E.L.D would be relevant again. I mean yeah Fury and Agent Hill (Colbie Smulders) have been included in the movies but Coulson brings something different to the table. He was the emotional drive for the Avengers to be a team and I feel like he needs to come back, to be that drive to take out Thanos!
I can’t wait to see what happens when they do bring him back and if this could lead to him being back in the current timeline. Having him and his team and connecting everything feels like the best move the MCU could do at this point as they continue into phase 4 and the next phases.
You can see Agent Coulson on Agents of Shield Friday’s on ABC! The Avengers return April 24th in Avengers Infinity War April 27th!