There's no doubt that most Avengers fans have been speculating as to whether Agent Coulson actually did fall at the hands of Loki in the film, but now it looks like it may have been tricksy Nick Fury pulling the strings as usual as news emerges that S.H.I.E.L.D will take place after the events of The Avengers.
We already know that Clark Gregg will be reprising his role as the unsuspecting yet uber-badass agent in the new series helmed by Joss Whedon, so it now seems very likely that the whole Coulson being dead thing could have been a ploy to unite the Avengers after all. How very Fury.
The news comes after IGN interviewed ABC president Paul Lee about the new series. He said: "There is no question that it is part of the Marvel Universe. In fact, the story takes place after the battle for New York."
He continued: “This is S.H.I.E.L.D. They’re following their own particular stories. There are characters in it, Coulson, who clearly come from Avengers. So it’s part of the world, but we’re going to be very, very careful that we don’t tread on the toes of the features and build a whole new world. And that’s what Joss Whedon does better than anybody else. He’s built a world for us.”