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S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson to the rescue!

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So, with the advent of the on-going Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. show on TV over at ABC, we thought that it would be kind of fun to look back at some to the earlier appearances of Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg). Well, first of all, anyone who has seen any of the Easter Egg clips (either online or on the Blu-Ray/DVDs of the Marvel films, will know that there are a couple of very cool Phil Coulson clips out there. The first one is in The Consultant where Coulson met with Agent Sitwell in a diner to discuss the situation involving the early stages of the (film version of the) Avenger Initiative.

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Apparently this took place right after The Incredible Hulk film they also wanted Emil Blonsky (now dubbed “The Abomination”) recruited onto the team due to his military record and status as a war hero. Needless to say, Fury didn’t want him on the team, but was unable to outright refuse the General’s request. After a brief discussion, Coulson suggested sending a patsy to meet with Gen. Ross in the hopes of “inadvertently” sabotaging the meeting so Ross would refuse to hand Blonsky over. Sitwell suggested they send over the “Consultant,” who turned out to be Tony Stark. At first, Coulson was adamantly against it but they eventually did. This (shortened clip — the meeting between Stark and Ross) wound up being the Easter Egg clip at the end of The Incredible Hulk.

The second Coulson clip (A funny thing happened on the way to Thor’s Hammer), time-wise preceded the film Thor, where, while on his way to the site of the (then newly discovered) Thor’s Hammer, Coulson stopped at a gas station to fill up the car and grab a snack. While inside the filling station’s minimart, attempting to make his decision, a pair of armed gunmen entered the store and attempted to rob the place. Coulson, casually revealed himself, and indicated that he had a gun, which he then slid across the floor towards the thugs. As they were distracted, Coulson then very handily overpowered the two robbers, made his purchase and continued on his way.

Part of the über-coolness of these two clips is that Agent Sitwell is an established character in Marvel comics as a S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent, and Roxxon (the gas station where he filled up the car) has long been established as a villainous corporation in the Marvel Comics Universe. We also got to see Coulson in all three Iron Man films, as well as The Mighty Avengers, and both Thor films. Now, of course, we get to see him every week on his own on-going TV show (As a fun aside, long before Gregg was tapped to join S.H.I.E.L.D. as Coulson, he worked for the FBI as Agent Special Agent Mike Casper on The West Wing. Apparently once a Spook, always a Spook.)

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Robert J. Sodaro has been writing professionally for some 30+ years. He came of age not only watching TV, but reading comicbooks and going to the movies. Subscribe to receive regular articles and reviews about TV programs.

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