Joss Whedon says Agent Coulson unlikely to return for Avengers 2

Joss Whedon has been doing plenty of press following the announcement of the Avengers sequel as Avengers: Age Of Ultron , with the recurring presence of Agent Coulson the latest issue to be tackled by the Marvel supremo.

If you'll cast your minds back, you'll recall Coulson being unceremoniously offed by Loki in The Avengers , only for the character to be resurrected in TV show Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D . So will Coulson be back on board for the movie sequel?

"He could," concedes Whedon. "Right now it’s not something I’m pursuing because I have so much going on in Avengers 2 . Finding out that Coulson is alive would be an entire B story. And I already have too much movie!"

That said, he's keen to ensure that the new TV show doesn't exist in isolation from what's happening in the films.

"We need to make sure there’s some crossover," says Whedon, "but not so much that people go, ‘Well, I don’t need to see that movie. I saw it on TV.’ If we do that, Kevin Feige is going to come after me with a pitchfork."

Avengers: Age Of Ultron will open in the UK on 1 May 2015.

George Wales

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