by Cayce McCarthy. Arts and Entertainment blogger.
Marvel's new film, Captain Marvel, has started filming and is expected to come out in theaters next March. Captain Marvel has been talked about and discussed since the beginning of the franchise back when Iron Man came out in 2008 however, it wasn’t announced that they were doing this film until the 2016 San Diego Comic Con. This film will be a prequel to what started the Avengers Initiative within S.H.I.E.LD. and stars Skull Island actress, Brie Larson. There’s a lot to talk about this film but the return of Coulson to the big screen is an important discussion.
Agent Phil Coulson, played by Clark Gregg, was practically Nick Fury’s right-hand man or rather, “One good eye,” that was there ever since Tony Stark escaped the Ten Rings cave in Afghanistan. From that first interaction, the audience has loved his character which started the growth of his fan base that only became bigger after Iron Man 2. So big in fact, that he was put into Thor. Sadly, Coulson was killed off in the 2011 Avengers film by the trickster god Loki. It was his death that rallied the Avengers to come together as a team. This, however, was not the end of Marvel’s beloved Coulson.
The Coulson fanbase was and still is, very big and powerful to the point where he was brought back to life and given his own tv series on ABC, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which has had five consecutive seasons so far). Coulson was brought back to life with some strange machine and some kind of serum from a Kree alien corpse in a project known as Tahiti. This lead to Coulson becoming the leader of a new elite team that has had many ups, downs, and fallbacks. Together the team has faced the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D., the rise of Hydra agents, dealt with double agents, aliens, Inhumans, and many more problems. Coulson even became the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D. after Fury faked his death in Winter Solider.
But why is Coulson so popular? Maybe because he’s the everyday hero without any powers. True Tony doesn’t have any powers, but he does have an extreme intellect and a flying weaponized suit of armor that isn’t used by the average person. Although Coulson himself is far from being average. He'd have to be if he belongs to an organization that's higher than the CIA and FBI. Well, at least in the fictional world. (If you wish to read more click on the read more button below.)
It could also be that Coulson is that farther like figure that everyone loves; which is evident with his interactions within his team, mainly with Sky/Daisy, Fitz, and Simmons. He's always there to not only train them and lead them on missions but gives them life advice and makes sure that they take care of themselves. Coulson especially has a special relationship with Daisy, previously Sky, who used to be a part of a terrorist hacker organization known as Red Tide. At least until Coulson recruited her to his team. Coulson was the one to reform Daisy and show her what S.H.I.E.L.D was really about and not what the news or others made them out to be.
It was also Coulson and her teammates that helped Daisy to feel like she belonged somewhere and gave her a family. Even after she discovered the fate of her childhood, her unfortunate mad scientist father, and anti-Inhumans prejudice mother, it was mainly Coulson who helped Daisy have confidence in her new superhuman abilities and helped her to cope with everything. Although, some of this was difficult for Coulson to deal with himself. It took him a while to call Sky by her birth name Daisy since he had such a close bond with her. Coulson has grown so much as a character and has a bigger arc than he ever had in Ironman.
It’ll be interesting to see if in the prequel he’ll go back to the way he was in the MCU and only have hints to his new development or not. To me, Coulson reminds me of another Joss Whedon father-like character, Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This likeness could also be why he’s such a popular character. Not to mention Gregg’s performance of him as well. Like other Marvel actors who live the role of their characters in real life, like Robert Downy Jr. is practically Ironman, the same can be said of Clark Gregg.
Gregg is the only cast member who remembers and knows what the initials of S.H.I.E.L.D. mean, Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division. Also, one time during a con a fan addressed the actor Brett Dalton, who plays the Hydra agent Ward, and said, “Hail Hydra,” which caused Gregg to stand up like he was about to go down and fight that person. It was pretty funny. Gregg has also voiced his own character in all the video games and tv shows like the old Disney XD show, Ultimate Spider-man.
Like I said it’ll be interesting to see what his character will be like in the prequel movie and if they’ll discuss somethings about his character’s background that has been brought up in the television series.