Phil Coulson has been a part of the MCU since the very beginning in Iron Man. From the get go, Clark Gregg has embodied the character that became a major connecting point for the universe. His time on the big screen came to an end in The Avengers thanks to Loki, but he has since been revived on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The movies have had plenty of influence on the show, but one giant way the show could impact the movies would be making the Avengers knowledgeable of Coulson’s resurrection. He was used as motivation to form the team and had developed close relationships with plenty of the members.
So far there has been no indication that Coulson and the Avengers could reunite after all these years, but it is something a lot of people want. Zap2It had the chance to talk to Gregg about the possibility of this happening one day and how he would want it to play out.
Keeping the Avengers in the dark was a decision made by Fury (and probably Kevin Feige), but Coulson has made it clear he wants them to know the truth when the time is right. According to Gregg, Coulson is not happy about not interacting with his former friends.
I think Coulson is a moral person, and I think he feels really bad about it. He had great, obvious admiration for Captain America and fanboyed to the point where he almost burst into flames; despite all the snarky weariness he has about Tony Stark, he has a huge amount of admiration for him.
I think it hurts him that they don’t know. He hopes at some point he can make it clear to them that this was not a choice he made, but one that was made for him — and he can repair those relationships.
Reuniting with the Avengers is not Coulson’s top priority at the moment as he deals with Hydra, Inhumans, and keeps rebuilding S.H.I.E.L.D. Gregg is hopeful that it happens, but understands that the character is much too busy to have a reunion party.
While I hope that scene happens someday, I think Coulson is really clear that he was given a job by Nick Fury that’s very specifically focused on re-building SHIELD with the people he has. And that has already proven necessary within this world to defeat a bubbling, underground, strong counter-attack from HYDRA and now an outbreak of Inhumans.
As Coulson deals with Inhumans, the Avengers are off dealing with their own problems and villains. Coulson isn’t worrying about if and when they meet again.
That’s his focus. He’s not biding his time, waiting for this [closure] to happen. He’s doing his thing, [The Avengers] are doing their thing.
Gregg has not thought a lot about what he hopes a scene like this would include, but just hopes that is a fun and emotional scene for everyone involved.
When the time is right — if it’s done right — I’m sure that would be a terribly poignant and hilarious scene.