In 2013, Marvel launched their first MCU TV series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Aside from being the first major expansion of the MCU on the small screen, the show got most people's attention for resurrecting Clark Gregg's Coulson; he had been resurrected by S.H.I.E.L.D.'s secret T.A.H.I.T.I. program, and had returned to active duty.
Up until now, that resurrection has been a secret in the world of the MCU. The Avengers have had no idea Coulson's still active, and still saving the world. Even when S.H.I.E.L.D. briefly became public knowledge again during Season 4, a new director was assigned to be the agency's public face. Now, though, that's changed. And it's time for Coulson to consider reaching out to the Avengers once again.
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Coulson Is Among The World's Most Wanted
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has gone on a brief hiatus, and ABC has released a trailer to whet fans' appetites for the return. The last episode, 'Past Life', saw S.H.I.E.L.D. return to the past. Although the episode itself ended on a cliffhanger, deliberately leaving fans wondering whether everyone made it back in one piece, the trailer for All the Comforts of Home' answered that question; Coulson and his assembled agents are back in the present day.
Unfortunately, they're also the world's most wanted. Season 4 ended with S.H.I.E.L.D. believed to have gone rogue. Jeffrey Mace was dead, and a postmortem had proved he wasn't an Inhuman after all. Worse still, an LMD of Quake had shot General Talbot, leaving him in a coma. The season actually ended with the S.H.I.E.L.D. team settling down to eat in a diner, expecting an imminent arrest. Instead, they were scooped up by Enoch, and transported to the future.
So far as the world is concerned, S.H.I.E.L.D. has been on the run for over six months. Their pictures have been sent to every police officer and FBI agent in the world. Coulson has lived in the shadows for years, but now he's been brought out into the light. He is now public knowledge. His face has been given to every law enforcement agency in the world is looking for him. It's a safe bet that international news has reported on him.
The Avengers May Now Be Aware Of Coulson
The secrecy of Coulson's resurrection has, for four seasons, been a neat way of explaining why he never interacted with any of the Avengers. Only S.H.I.E.L.D.'s former top brass, such as Maria Hill, knew he'd returned from the grave. Even when Coulson crossed paths with Sif, he asked her not to tell Thor, clearly hoping for a moment to talk with the God of Thunder himself. Now, though, the secret is out.
Steve Rogers is another of the "world's most wanted," hunted down after he decided to ignore the Sokovia Accords. The Avengers: Infinity War Prelude comic has revealed that Steve has been leading Falcon and Black Widow on covert missions across the globe. They've been following intelligence to stop threats from escalating; in one sequence, the trio prevented Chitauri weapons being obtained by terrorists. It seems hard to believe Rogers wouldn't be part of a six-month-long global manhunt for a mysteriously-resurrected S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
Elsewhere, it's less certain Tony Stark will have realized Coulson is still alive. According to the Infinity War Prelude comic Stark has locked himself away and is trying to build new armor and weapons for the alien invasion he believes to be imminent. He's in the middle of one of his more creative phases and will be minimizing contact with the outside world. Pepper is more likely to have tuned in to the news sometime in the last six months, however.
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