Phil Coulson actor Clark Gregg knows how his character can reunite with the original six Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Last year's Avengers: Endgame not only wrapped up the Infinity Saga, but it also served as the swan song for some of the franchise's founding heroes such as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). Unfortunately, those characters had to leave the universe without finding the truth about Coulson's supposed death years prior.
A major player in MCU's Phase 1, the S.H.I.E.L.D. operative functioned as a narrative thread in the franchise's early years. An original Marvel Studios character - meaning, he's not based on any comic book role - Coulson debuted in Iron Man and served as the organization's eyes on Tony Stark upon his return from being kidnapped in Afghanistan. During 2012's The Avengers, he was fatally wounded by Loki (Tom Hiddleston), leading the heroes to believe that he died. Unfortunately, Earth's Mightiest Heroes never learned about his eventual survival and subsequent adventures as chronicled in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
It's one of the lingering plot threads in the MCU that most likely will never be resolved considering the state of the universe. In an interview with ComicBook, Gregg admits that he's sad Coulson and the Avengers never reunited on the big screen before what went down in Endgame, but he has an idea on how to rectify the issue.
"Well, I mean, you know, the crush on Cap never dies. But I always, I mean, I felt that same sadness, just because really, the whole thing started, and I think the reason Coulson became what Coulson was really, was about Robert [Downey Jr.] and those scenes together and the repartee. He makes you that much better and brings out so much more than you might normally see in a scene. The way that he took those scenes and that character on, brought me to life, in a way, so that I didn't get to have that."
"I was like, 'Come on, you haven't done a one-shot.' Why couldn't there be a really cool one-shot where they're on a mission, we're on a mission... 'Oops!' You know?"
Marvel's One-Shots are a series of short videos meant to fill narrative questions in between films. There's a total of five of them, with the last one set post-Iron Man 3 and confirming that there's a real Mandarin out there - something that will be explored in Destin Cretton and Simu Liu's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings where Tony Leung is set to debut as the villain. Gregg's idea is certainly one way to resolve the aforementioned loose storyline, but considering that Downey and Evans are technically already out of the franchise, it might be difficult to bring them back just for a One-Shot. If they ever reprise their respective roles in the MCU, chances are that it will be in the distant future so as not to distract from what Marvel Studios is planning for Phase 4.
Aside from that, resolving this Marvel Cinematic Universe narrative issue via a One-Shot seems inappropriate. Coulson was instrumental in bringing the original Avengers together against Loki in the Battle of New York. Surely, Marvel Studios could do something better to honor the character and the relationship he's had with the heroes than just a chance encounter between his current squad and his former team. Since Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) had a hand in keeping this massive secret, perhaps he can factor in the clamored for reunion.
Key Release Dates
- Black Widow (2020)Release Date: Nov 06, 2020
- Eternals (2021)Release Date: Feb 12, 2021
- Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings (2021)Release Date: May 07, 2021
- Spider-Man: Homecoming 3 (2021)Release Date: Nov 05, 2021
- Thor: Love And Thunder (2022)Release Date: Feb 11, 2022
- Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness (2022)Release Date: Mar 25, 2022
- Black Panther 2 (2022)Release Date: May 06, 2022
- Captain Marvel 2 (2022)Release Date: Jul 08, 2022