Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) was last seen on the big screen in the first Avengers film in 2012, in which his “death” at the hands of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) served as the catalyst for the Avengers to truly assemble in the wake of Loki’s threats. Now, with Thanos (Josh Brolin) ready to unleash his threat to half of all existence, the Avengers are facing their biggest challenge yet.
In regards to Coulson, fans who watch Marvel‘s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are aware that he is alive, but with the ramifications of Avengers: Infinity War afoot, some are wondering where he factors into all of this. Interestingly enough, someone asked co-director Anthony Russo on whether or not Coulson will return for the film, to which he responds with the following:
Anthony Russo, asked if Agent Coulson will return for #AvengersInfinityWar, says, "Uh, I'd like to talk more about bass fishing." Then tap dances talking about the writing process in general: "We thought about everybody in the MCU, and how they could play a role in the story."
— Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) April 22, 2018
Marvel Studios is being particularly tight-lipped with plot details regarding Avengers: Infinity War. Given that this is a film that everyone and their mothers are planning to go see, the marketing campaign has shown mostly the same scenes from different angles with little context besides some of the given elements from the synopsis itself.
Russo could be dodging the question because he does not want to spoil some surprise appearances from other MCU characters and wants audiences to be surprised when they enter the theater. Can you imagine the excitement fans will have if they see Coulson make an appearance? Particularly for fans of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., that would be a nice reward.
Even if he doesn’t appear in Avengers: Infinity War, Coulson will return to the big screen next year with Captain Marvel, which is a film that is set in the 1990s and includes other MCU characters that have since been killed off onscreen.
Here is the synopsis for Avengers: Infinity War:
As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, the film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Wong, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner and Paul Rudd.
Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters April 27, 2018.