Sometimes tumblr brings you news. If you follow blogs from people who share your interests, you often see important information on your dashboard before you learn it anywhere else. And for the fangirl in me, it doesn’t get any better than this.This is my favorite of all the images that arrived starting yesterday, carrying the welcome news that Phil Coulson, agent of SHIELD and one of the most beloved characters in the Marvel movies universe, is not dead. Clark Gregg has been signed to play him in the new TV series. Not that we true believers really thought he was dead in spite of what that manipulative bastard Nick Fury told us in The Avengers. Fury is capable of anything; telling a whopping big lie is the least of it. I’ve spent months listening to people who told me that it’s Deep Magic from the Dawn of Time that Joss Whedon always kills off the fan-favorite characters. But I’m old enough to know that it’s Deeper Magic from Before the Dawn of Time that in the Marvel Universe (any Marvel Universe!) nobody is ever really dead. And you see which magic seems to be stronger. (Granted the TV show might be set before the events of The Avengers, but I have trouble believing that the powers that be would be able to resist the temptation to tie in the new show with the next crop of movies.)
My confidence in the upcoming SHIELD TV series, as well as the next movies in the Avengers cycle, has risen sharply– if Clark Gregg is there playing the stalwart Coulson, you know that everything is going to be all right.