Mystery Behind Coulson’s Return to S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Major spoilers ahead for those wanting to watch the series:

Tuesday evening (US) saw the pilot episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. While many fans have been eagerly awaiting the series, it hasn’t left everyone in good spirits. The first episode, not surprisingly, deals with Agent Coulson’s return (possible come back from the dead), but only touches on the events leading up to his reappearance. Here’s a recap of the scene in question:

“They do some walking and talking and Coulson reveals that he had “only stopped breathing for 40 seconds” after his run in with the Loki in THE AVENGERS and that he had recovered for a few weeks in Tahiti. He’s aloof about the incident and plays it with the same Coulson humor we’ve all come to know and love. There’s also an underlying, almost romantic link between Coulson and Hill, which I’m not sure was intentional or not. Their “moment” is broken when a medical S.H.I.E.L.D. agent enters the scene and Coulson exits. The medical agent turns to Hill and says something to the effect of “He still doesn’t know, does he?” to which Hill responds that he “never can know.”

What has left fans so annoyed is the possibility that the season, and possibly the entire series, will contain hints toward what actually happened to Coulson. Although this may be a sub-plot to get return interest in the series, it’s something that has been played to death on television, which often becomes more of an annoyance than something to reel in viewers as the series progresses. Let’s hope the “mystery” will be dealt with within a short space of time.

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