They've teased out the mystery, and tonight ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." finally reveals how Clark Gregg's Agent Phil Coulson seemingly returned from the dead after being killed off in 2012's "The Avengers".
Speaking with TV Guide ahead of the reveal, Gregg says the explanation should be satisfying:
"As a fanboy, I thought, 'How are they going to do this? They've been keeping this for 10 episodes.' We know that there's something bogus about the magical place concept. He can't even say Tahiti without turning into a robot. Is he a robot? How did they bring him back? Is he some kind of Life Model Decoy, as all the Marvel fans think? Is he the Vision?
There's all these theories. How do you do this for real and really pay it off? At the same time, you don't want them to go, 'Well, I guess that's the finale of the show. There's really no need to continue after this. The bullet was in the chamber, now it's completely blown.'
When I read the script, I was blown away because it's completely satisfying to me as a fanboy, and, as probably the biggest fanboy in Phil Coulson in the Marvel Universe, because it's not a tease, it's: here's what happened!
At the same time, what they've crafted not only opens up enough questions that are at the existential core of Phil Coulson and his relationship with S.H.I.E.L.D., but really set the direction for the back end of the season and the future of the series. I was very, very impressed with what they delivered here."