Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: What’s Special About Agent Coulson?

Published 1 year ago by , Updated May 15th, 2014 at 2:33 pm,
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1) Coulson is Not A Robot

Seeing Coulson first get stabbed through the chest and heart by Loki’s blade, then seeing his human-looking brain get operated on, confirms that Coulson was not and is not a Life Model Decoy, nor is he the android Avenger known as Vision – a common fan theory immediately following the events of The Avengers. That doesn’t mean he can’t become Vision one day, especially with all the upcoming connections, from Scarlet Witch to Ultron, but he’s not right now.

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And that doesn’t mean The Clairvoyant, who can seemingly kill people via smartphone, isn’t connected to Ultron. After all, we’re told Ultron is a threat The Avengers see coming, hinting at an introduction or at least some teases in the films before it (see: Captain America: The Winter Soldier – which just so happens to premiere around when season one of Agents of SHIELD concludes).

Coulson is not a mechanical man nor do we believe he’s a clone. It’s bigger than that.

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2) Asgardian Magic

The references to “The Magical Place,” the still-mysterious operations Coulson went through, and the interesting word choice at the end of the episode when Coulson is told that Nick Fury moved “Heaven and Earth” to make sure he lived, all tease a potential connection to Asgard. Heaven & Earth is actually the title of a Thor comic series.

Coulson being an Asgardian or healed by Asgardian “magic” (after being killed by a half-Asgardian) doesn’t quite fit though – especially seeing the amount of death in Thor: The Dark World where soldiers dropped like flies – not to mention Thor’s mom, Frigga, getting stabbed and being killed off. Coulson being of Asgardian descent would be lazy storytelling, considering his encounters with Thor and another Asgardian in Episode 8: The Well. Don’t count on it.


Page 3: The Inhumans & Kree Connection


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., starring Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge, returns next Tuesday with “Seeds” @8pm on ABC.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 31, 2015, with unannounced films coming May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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  1. so coulson is a unisol now?

  2. Did anyone notice that on the captured agents prosthetic leg was the name Deathlok. I found the spelling to be interesting. Is the Clairvoint actually Loki? That would explain why he is so interested in how Coulson survived and it would explain why he has clairvoyant powers when SHEILD has records of anyone having that power.

    • I meant to say the SHIELD has no records of anyone having that power.

  3. Deathlok was a character in Marvel. A cyborg with no relation to Loki.

  4. Re point 5 – Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver are Magneto’s children. I highly doubt they’re reinventing that.

  5. Coulson is going to be capt marvel…he is half kree being merged with mar-vells consciousness and blood

  6. did any one even consider coulson could be a weaker version of wolverine? i know whedon is keeping them seperate but the introduction of scarlett witch and quicksilver may be a clue to who coulson is?

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  8. So the hole theory of Aget Coulson being an inhuman or possibly being the captain Mahr-Vehl I could see as a total possibility EXCEPT, I don’t think Coulson will become Mahr-Vehl, As most comic readers of marvel know that the Inhumams get their super natural powers from being exposed to the terreigin Mist’s, And the character Marvel-Boy develops his powers to become Marvel-Boy by the terrigenisis process. So I think that If Agent Coulson is going to become a super hero I think that marvel boy might make.more sense. And the terrigenisis can also be used to explain Quicksilver’s powers because their is a short comic series staring Quicksilver and it’s about him stealing some terrigien crystals from the Inhumans and using them on himself after his original.powers start to deminish for some reason. So these are just some of my own theories.

  9. I know this is old, but why on earth was an operation on his brain necessary if his mortal wound was a stabbing to his chest?

    • The operation on Coulson’s brain was to erase his memory of the horrors of the procedure. Thus, it was to cause damage, not cure it.