Just announced at New York Comic Con, Clark Gregg, AKA Phil Coulson will be starring in Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series for Marvel and ABC. (Spoilers for The Avengers. Highlight to read:)This means his dramatic death at Loki's hands, which was a major turning point of the film, has been overturned. This seems like a cop-out, but I think it's a good thing, and was probably planned ahead of time. It emphasizes Nick Fury's manipulation of the Avengers, setting them up to break away from S.H.I.E.L.D. and set up Civil War film. Gregg's character was a fan favorite from the Marvel films, going so far as to be added to the comics and Ultimate Spider-man cartoon. Meanwhile, casting descriptions of the other agents were leaked a few days ago. Anyway, heck yeah, Coulson lives. (Source: ComicBookResources).