Life Decoy For Coulson: Activated

As everyone in the Avenger’s fandom already knows, COULSON LIVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In the new spin-off TV show, directed by Joss Whedon, we get to see “Clark Gregg repris[ing] his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary.”

Set post-Avengers (but, from what we can tell, pre-Iron Man 3), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings back Phil Coulson, who in the Avengers supposedly died…Fans have come up with theories as they analysed these suspicious statements after Coulson describes his death as being “shanked by the Asgardian Mussolini and you can tell it your way. I was looking at the big bright light and it felt a lot longer than 8 seconds”  and then recovering in Tahiti, a ‘magical’ place:

Doc: Tahiti. He really doesn’t know does he?

Maria Hill: He can never know.

Some common theories out there are

  1. Cloning
  2. A robot/Cyborg (either the Coulson of the show is, or the Coulson who died is)
  3. A Life Model Decoy
  4. Dr Strange heals him with magic
  5. Coulson volunteering to trial the government’s attempts at the Super Soldier Serum trials, or being injected with a variety of the serum after ‘death’,

Meanwhile, a friend of mine thinks that the fanfiction idol scifigrl47, who is the authoress of the Toasterverse (which has its own trope page and is one the  MOST popular and well-known Stony fics ever), hit it right on the money her fanfiction Hollow Your Bones Like A Bird’s, where she writes that Asgardian healers were working on Coulson until he finally pulled through, because of the magic-related injury he received from the staff in The Avengers.

We’ll have to see – maybe what Coulson says happened really did happen! Only Joss Whedon and Clark Gregg know, and they sure ain’t telling.

The agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (minus Maria Hill :( ) From the left: Skye (Chloe Bennet). Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg),  Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) and Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton).

The agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (minus Maria Hill 😦 )
From the left: Skye (Chloe Bennet). Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) and Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton).

The show in itself, which I saw a couple of days ago, is certainly exciting, although there are a few minor things that suspended belief. Personally, I felt that some of the technology, such as the little robots (The 7 Dwarves), should either be stamped with Stark Industries on them or be experimental Stark products, as they were pretty advanced stuff, which didn’t seem in keeping with The Avengers and the Iron Man arc that informed the audience of the level of technology in the Marvel Phase universe, and suggested that it was only Stark Industries who was on the level shown in the episode. Also, don’t try to tell me that the flying car wasn’t made by Tony himself, because I will not believe it. Stark Resilient, anyone?

Also, while some people have been complaining about the state (or lack thereof) of various people’s (nominally Skye) hair when living in a van, I am more concerned with the fact that she is living in a van. If she is so good at hacking, why hasn’t she been snapped up by some agency, or, hell, by Stark Industries? What’s she doing in a van? Rising Tide employee, I get it, but surely she could have done that as a side project, since it seems she has so much spare time on her hands?

Apart from that, and the massive amount of back story that the pilot was trying to set up and fit in, I am very excited and cannot wait for more episodes.

What are your thoughts on the episode? Have you starting rooting for a ship, or have a favourite character so far (other than Coulson)?

Let’s call me Lily

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