Joss Whedon, the writer and director behind The Avengers and its upcoming sequel, Avengers: Age Of Ultron, has confirmed that Agent Coulson won’t feature in the follow up.
Those of you who watched the original Avengers film will know that unfortunately, Coulson, who was played by Clark Gregg, died at the hands of Loki, however he has now been resurrected and he will now star in the TV show Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
When discussing whether or not Coulson might feature in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Whedon remarked, “He could. Right now it’s not something I’m pursuing because I have so much going on in Avengers 2. Finding out that Coulson is alive would be an entire B story. And I already have too much movie!”
Whedon went on to add that he wants the new TV show to crossover into Marvel’s future films, so that it doesn’t become isolated.
The filmmaker stated, “We need to make sure there’s some crossover but not so much so that people go, ‘Well, I don’t need to see that movie. I saw it on TV.’ If we do that, Kevin Feige is going to come after me with a pitchfork.”
At the 2013 Comic Con, Joss Whedon discussed Ultron’s appearance in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, explaining, “Well, because there was a book called ‘Age of Ultron’ quite recently, a lot of people have assumed that is what we’re doing, but that is not the case. We’re doing our own version of the origin story for Ultron.”
He then continued, “In the origin story, there was Hank Pym, so a lot of people assumed that he will be in the mix. He’s not. We’re basically taking the things from the comics for the movies that we need and can use. A lot of stuff has to fall by the wayside.”