GeekMom’s countdown to the premiere of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on September 24 continues with a series of profiles of the characters you’ll be meeting on the show. Click on the show’s tag at the end of the article to see all of the posts so far. For more on the other members of the team, you can read their profiles at the links below:
Our final character needs no introduction to fans of The Avengers. Since his first appearance in 2008’s Iron Man, Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) has been an integral part of the Marvel Universe on screen. Fans may argue about their favorite or least-favorite Avenger, but everyone loves Coulson. And what’s not to love? Earnest, wry, clever, and cool under pressure, he believes in fighting the good fight and doesn’t let a little thing like death get in the way.
In a post-Battle-of-New-York world where “gifted” individuals are becoming more prominent, Agent Coulson’s mission is to protect humanity from the constant threat of supernatural forces. To that end, he recruits a team of elite specialists to track and investigate any unusual activity and to ensure that dangerous technology doesn’t end up in the wrong hands. He’s also got some pretty cool toys at his disposal: like a cherry-red vintage Corvette he calls Lola, and an elaborate private jet affectionately nicknamed The Bus that serves as the team’s flying headquarters.
How could Coulson be alive after the events in The Avengers? That’s one of the big mysteries of the show. There has been plenty of speculation on that subject, but don’t expect any straight answers right away. Ultimately, we don’t much care how they brought him back; we’re just glad they did.